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One-Trick Pony (1980)

R | | Drama | 3 October 1980 (USA)
Jonah (Paul Simon) is an aging rock star trying to put together a new album in the face of an indifferent record label and a talentless producer. At the same time, he's struggling to save his failing marriage.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Fox
Lonnie Fox
Cal van Damp (as Allen Goorwitz)
Modeena Dandridge
Matty Levin
Steve Kunelian
Steve Gadd ...
Danny Duggin
Eric Gale ...
Lee-Andrew Parker
Tony Levin ...
John DiBatista
Richard Tee ...
Clarence Franklin
Bernie Wepner
Kate Pierson ...
Herself (as The B-52s)
Himself (as The B-52s)


Jonah (Paul Simon) is an aging rock star trying to put together a new album in the face of an indifferent record label and a talentless producer. At the same time, he's struggling to save his failing marriage.

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Rock 'n' roll will give you some laughs...but it won't do you any favors.




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3 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cyrkowy kucyk  »

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During the film's credits, Paul Simon & co. (The Jonah Levin Band) are shown driving through what is ostensibly a highway between Cleveland's airport and The City. The footage is actually Route 22, in Union, New Jersey. See more »


When Jonah and Matty practice baseball in the park, the ball is returned to Jonah by someone obviously taller than eight-year-old Matty. See more »


Jonah: Well, what was I supposed to say? "Yes, Walter, I am sort of fucking your wife"?
Lonnie Fox: Is that what we're doing, sort of fucking?
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God Bless The Absentee
Written and Performed by Paul Simon
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A very underrated movie about the music business
19 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having read the other comments about this film, one thing is quite evident:

If you are or ever been a professional musician ( as I am ), you'll react quite differently to this film quite differently than if you are a Paul Simon "fan" or a movie buff ..

Granted, the movie has some production "warts", but the overall milieu of "the road" and the " music business" Simon has conveyed, and the sharp characterizations of all the actors are really extremely realistic to those who've been there..( I especially would cite Rip Torns wonderful roman-a-clef of Clive Davis and Allan Goorwitz' dead-on impression of the radio programmer as exceptional.

Also, even though they're basically playing themselves, the "band" ( Tee, Gale, and Gadd in particular ) acting is basically unmannered and realistic.

Having spent my working life in the music industry as an arranger /composer /producer for over forty years, I still watch my worn out old VCR copy about once a year ..and it really wears well ..and brings back many memories ..both good and bad!

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