One Trick Pony

One Trick Pony

Director: Robert M. Young Cast: Paul Simon, Blair Brown, Rip Torn
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Overview

One Trick Pony

The struggle of a has-been singer to work his way back up the charts is the focus of this drama by Robert M. Young with screenplay and music by Paul Simon. Simon plays Jonah, a once-popular singer who now opens for punk rock bands. In the ten years since he had a hit song, Jonah's wife has divorced him, but he still sees his young son as often as he can. With his record company on his back to come up with something that sells, Jonah begins to compromise his own talent when he listens to the advice of a trendy producer. Whether or not he can straighten out his personal life and steer his own ship may depend on his ability to trust his own judgment and adjust to the changing times.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2009
UPC: 0883316126226
Original Release: 1980
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 21,307

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Simon Jonah
Blair Brown Marion
Rip Torn Walter Fox
Joan Hackett Lonnie Fox
Mare Winningham Modeena Dandridge
Michael Pearlman Matty Levin
Lou Reed Steve Kunelian
Steve Gadd Danny Duggin
Eric Gale Lee-Andrew Parker
Tony Levin John DiBatista
Richard Tee Clarence Franklin
Harry Shearer Bernie Wepner
Sam & Dave Actor
Tiny Tim Actor
B-52's Actor
Lovin' Spoonful Actor
Allen Garfield Cal van Damp
Kate Pierson Member of the B-52's
John Sebastian Member of the Lovin' Spoonful
David Sanborn Saxophone Soloist
Glenn Scarpelli Acappella Singer
Merv Griffin Acappella Singer
Daniel Stern Hare Krishna
Lisa Carlson Groupie
Sameen Tarighati Groupie
Joe Smith Narrator at Convention
Jordan Cael Lee Perry
Susan Forristal Cal's Girl Friend
Carol Levy Receptionist
Patti Austin Back-up Singer

Technical Credits
Robert M. Young Director
Ed Beyer Editor
Dick Bush Cinematographer
Michael Hausman Co-producer
Larry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Woods Mackintosh Production Designer
Barry Malkin Editor
Paul Martino Associate Producer
David Mitchell Production Designer
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
David Ray Editor
Hilary M. Rosenfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Justin Scoppa Set Decoration/Design
Paul Simon Score Composer,Screenwriter
Michael Tannen Producer

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One Trick Pony 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paul Simon scores big with this look at the underside of fame and the price it expects from those it shines upon. Simon is characteristically sarcastic and self-deprecating in his portrayal of Jonah Levin, 60s folk icon, who's called upon by his record company to re-create the magic of his earlier incarnation. A solid supporting cast makes for memorable viewing. Though the film's mood may be viewed viewed possibly as a ''downer,'' it's invariably saved by its cast. Rip Torn, Blair Brown, Lou Reed and Mare Winnigham bring a colour to this otherwise moody work. Watch as well, for the only on-screen regrouping of 60s icons, the Lovin' Spoonful. Anyone even moderately interested in rock music and Paul Simon will thoroughly enjoy ONE TRICK PONY.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie takes a look at the down side of recording--Top 40 at all costs! The Jonah Levin Band's own label ruined a knock-your-socks-off rock number that could have re-established them. Simon's portrayal of Jonah was believable, and his on-stage performances as Jonah were amazing.