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Drive, He Said (1971)

The star player of a college basketball team starts to go off the rails with an illicit love affair and his roommate going crazy to avoid the war draft.

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

First credited feature film role for Michael Warren, who was credited as Mike Warren. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Becker: Drive, They Said (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme
By Louis Thomas Hardin
From the instrumental album Moondog
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A Different Look at Vietnam
22 September 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Hector (William Tepper) is a star basketball player for the College basketball team he plays for, the Leopards. His girlfriend, Olive (Karen Black), does not know whether to stay with him or leave him. And his friend, Gabriel (Michael Margotta), who may have dropped out from school and become a protester, wants desperately not to get drafted for Vietnam.

This film marks Jack Nicholson's directorial debut, a chair he would not return to often. The casting was nothing special (though Karen Black is always great); the best part may be Bruce Dern as the coach. Some day he will get the full respect he deserves.

Roger Ebert found the film "disorganized", but also said it was "occasionally brilliant" with the performances being "the best thing in the movie", including the "laconic charm" of Tepper. This seems fair. For all the good things that can be said, it never really hits home hard enough, and may be dated.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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