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One-Trick Pony (1980)

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.

Director:

Robert M. Young

Writer:

Paul Simon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Simon ... Jonah
Blair Brown ... Marion
Rip Torn ... Walter Fox
Joan Hackett ... Lonnie Fox
Allen Garfield ... Cal van Damp (as Allen Goorwitz)
Mare Winningham ... Modeena Dandridge
Michael Pearlman ... Matty Levin
Lou Reed ... Steve Kunelian
Steve Gadd ... Danny Duggin
Eric Gale Eric Gale ... Lee-Andrew Parker
Tony Levin Tony Levin ... John DiBatista
Richard Tee Richard Tee ... Clarence Franklin
Harry Shearer ... Bernie Wepner
Kate Pierson ... Herself (as The B-52s)
Fred Schneider ... Himself (as The B-52s)
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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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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cyrkowy kucyk See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Floyd Vivino was supposed to appear in this film as the night club owner, but none of his scenes made the final cut. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Walter Fox: Jonah, you wouldn't by any chance be fucking my wife, would you? Because that wouldn't be conducive to a good artist-record company relationship.
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Oh, Marion
Written and Performed by Paul Simon
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A very underrated movie about the music business
19 April 2005 | by lonearrngr-1See 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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