Franklin Cane is a red-hot professional tennis player who climbs the ladder of success with his trainer, Jonathan, at his side. Jonathan was once considered the greatest American tennis player and intends to guide Franklin to the high-road. Franklin does not transcend the interest he has in local Hollywood-type parties littered with has-beens, wannabes and think-they-ares. It is there that he meets Cynthia, a pretty photographer who makes a living photographing people like French filmmaker Jean Renoir and taking production photos of commercials. Cane becomes slowly seduced by the fast-track life and, when Jonathan suddenly passes away in his sleep, he succumbs to a lifestyle that is completely devoid of morality. He drops off Cynthia at the side of the road, so to speak, and continues driving to a bleak, uncertain future.
The world is yours if you're a winner.
Did You Know?
The film takes its title from the lyrics of the song "Pleasant Street," written and performed by Tim Buckley
. A selected part of the lyrics: "You don't remember what to say / You don't remember what to do / You don't remember where to go / You don't remember what to choose / You wheel, you steal, you feel, you kneel down / All the stony people / Walking 'round in Christian licorice clothes / I can't hesitate / And I can't wait / For Pleasant Street" See more
Hollywood Party Guests
We were gonna cast Lee Marvin, the new great American star. But we couldn't get him so I want to my assistant and said, "Do what you think is right but cast this thing!" Two days later, he calls me back and says, "I've got someone." And I say, "Sensational. Who?"... and he says "Julie Newmar."
The opening credits are contained in the movie-within-the-movie when the party-goers are summoned to the theater room of the swanky house. While they roll, two audience members discuss various items of business and an unruly doctor. See more
References The Dirty Dozen
Written by Tim McIntire
and Garry Goodgion
(as David Byron)
Performed by Tim McIntire See more