Drive, He Said (1971)
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Jack Nicholson first put his well-documented enthusiasm for basketball to good use in this film, which he wrote and directed between his roles in Five Easy Pieces and Carnal Knowledge. William Tepper plays Hector, a student at a college in Ohio who shares a room with his friend Gabriel (Michael Margotta) and is the star player on the school's basketball team. Hector has been approached to quit college and play pro ball, but Gabriel is urging him to devote more time to radical political causes.
Jun 13, 1971 Wide
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Jack Nicholson's first venture into direction is very much a film of its time.
Nicholson deftly illustrates the background cynicism of big time sports against the more obvious cynicism of college life.
No way can it be said to work, despite the cast's cultish distinction, but it still knocks most of its quasi-radical contemporaries sideways as an index of doomed '60s/'70s causes and confusions.
All of the film's characters, and all of the performances, are touched with the kind of unexpected sensibility and decency that are rare in most films of this genre.
A disorganized but occasionally brilliant movie about two college students and the world they, and we, inhabit.
I think the film is a mess. Even though I was there where and when it was filmed, and I went through some of the same stuff these characters did, I couldn't relate to it.
An ambitious but confused film about basketball, draft dodging and sleeping with professors' wives.
Nicholson's personality comes through in the film's rhythms: crazed and vibrant at times, classical and refined at other times.
Ultimately, there's no theme here that isn't addressed more coherently and directly in a more conventional film like Five Easy Pieces.
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