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Drive, He Said (1971)

Hector is a star basketball player for the College basketball team he plays for, the Leopards. His girlfriend, Olive, doesn't know whether to stay with him or leave him. And his friend, ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Nicholson

Writers:

Jeremy Larner (screenplay), Jack Nicholson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Tepper ... Hector
Karen Black ... Olive
Michael Margotta ... Gabriel
Bruce Dern ... Coach Bullion
Robert Towne ... Richard
Henry Jaglom ... Conrad
Michael Warren ... Easly (as Mike Warren)
June Fairchild ... Sylvie
Don Hanmer ... Director of Athletics
Lynette Bernay Lynette Bernay ... Dance Instructor (as Lynn Bernay)
Joseph Walsh ... Announcer #1 (as Joey Walsh)
Harry Gittes ... Announcer #2
Charles Robinson ... Jollop
Bill Sweek Bill Sweek ... Finnegan
David Ogden Stiers ... Pro Owner (as David Stiers)
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Storyline

Hector is a star basketball player for the College basketball team he plays for, the Leopards. His girlfriend, Olive, doesn't know whether to stay with him or leave him. And his friend, Gabriel, who may have dropped out from school and become a protestor, wants desperately not to get drafted for Vietnam. Written by Jack Gattanella

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Taglines:

The Disenchantment of an All-American Jock. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Yellow 33 See more »

Filming Locations:

Eugene, Oregon, USA

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bruce Dern has said that Jack Nicholson's directing was one of the best he ever received. See more »

Goofs

Boom mics are visible in two scenes. First, when William Tepper / "Mike" is walking with a friend on a sidewalk and descends some stairs on a hillside. Second, when Tepper is in Karen Black / Olive's home, the low ceiling in the living room forces the boom mic into view. See more »

Quotes

Gabriel: This is death, this is army, war, shoot, blood, fear, kill! No way, man, no way, I'm making a stand right here, that's all there is to it. For me, it is strictly a survival trip.
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The opening credits are typed so small, one can hardly read them. Sometimes the letters in the names are blurred because of their ultra-small size. See more »

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Referenced in Step by Step: Drive, He Said (1992) See more »

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An almost perfect depiction of the American college experience in the late 60s-early 70s, Nicholson's directorial debut has been unfairly neglected-- and deserves a new audience!
1 December 2001 | by titovSee all my reviews

This may be the only film that actually comes close to capturing on film the essentially uncapturable world of the American college experience of the late 60s-early 70s. Go ahead, name another movie that even approaches this one: "Getting Straight"? "RPM"? These are caricatures. "Return of the Secaucus Seven" has its moments, but that's a retrospective film about (self-obsessed) individuals more than a film about a time and a place depicted *in* that time and place. "Drive, He Said" portrays-- with subtlety and nuance where it should, and a swift kick in the shorts where that's the only appropriate way-- the anti-draft movement, the ambiguity of big-time college sports (especially when there's a war on), the sexual revolution of the period, and the general unreality of the day. Believe me, it was like that.

The whole cast deserves commendation (as does the director, of course) but particular praise should be reserved for Bruce Dern, as the basketball coach, and Karen Black, the hero's very unusual-- except for that time-- love interest. William Tepper, as the lead, also rates a real round of applause both for his perfect capturing of the student-athlete of the period and for actually playing real college basketball in the film (remember Anthony Perkins in "Tall Story"? Yikes!).

All in all, a classic of a kind-- and the last film someone currently in 6th grade should be writing comments on ("boring", "repellent"-- um, right, sonny, please go back to your Arnold movies). Why isn't this film available from imdb?


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