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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.

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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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$150,809, 5 October 1980

Gross USA:

$843,215

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$843,215
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jonah takes his son to see "The Empire Strikes Back." At the time, Paul Simon was dating Carrie Fisher, who stars in Empire Strikes Back as Princess Leia. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Rock Lobster
Written by Ricky Wilson and Fred Schneider
Performed by The B-52's
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Eh...I've seen worse, but I've seen better too
19 September 2014 | by amidalaskySee all my reviews

First things first: Paul Simon is a brilliant songwriter, but a lousy actor. He was absolutely dreadful in "Annie Hall," but at least that was a brief performance, clearly done as a lark for Woody Allen.

I'm not sure what, exactly, this movie was supposed to be. Was it a straight drama? A satire on the music business? A conjecture as to what Simon's career would have been like had "Sounds of Silence" been his only hit? All of they above? In any case, it's not a bad movie. Simon's scriptwriting is actually quite a bit more astute than his acting. But mostly, it's a formless vanity project, mostly a vehicle for Simon to show off his formidable guitar playing/songwriting skills...and, it must be said, his 40-year-old body (through plentiful shirtless and open-shirt scenes), which I have to admit is quite impressive, especially given his short stature.

Simon is actually quite sexy in this movie: the sad-sack, world-weary persona he affects (or maybe it's genuine) somehow really works for him. And I loved the inside joke of his character encountering a poster for "The Empire Strikes Back," aka the movie that Simon's then-girlfriend, Carrie Fisher, was starring in around the same time "One Trick Pony" was being filmed.

Blair Brown is perfectly decent as the Simon-equivalent's ex-wife, although Ms. Brown has subsequently said she dislikes the movie and doesn't wish to discuss it.


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