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½ September 1, 2015
This movie had a few ups and downs but is generally a storytelling and editing wreck. There is not a whole lot going for it. While there are interesting moments, including some guerrilla film-making as Jack Nicholson managed to find a campus riot to film and edit into the story.
Super Reviewer
½ May 20, 2015
Very dated anti establishment sort of drama. More of an antique than something made in the 30's. The lead actor has the magnetism of a lemming and it hurts an already weak film.
½ March 28, 2015
Nicholson's directorial debut in this confusing, convoluted drama
½ September 5, 2014
Weird, though not totally without merit.
August 16, 2014
Nicholson's directorial debut attempts to cover every political and cultural issue of it's time, becoming a rather scattered piece in the process. That being said, the performances are fabulous.
½ May 16, 2014
Some parts were interesting, but the movie never really caught my attention. Had trouble focusing throughout and left with a definite "So what?" feeling.
½ April 11, 2013
Jack Nicholson directing a movie that has basketball in it makes sense and he does a great job. The acting really stands out to me in this one. My favorite character in this is Gabriel who goes quite mad which reminds me a bit of Jack's character in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. There is an urgency in the air throughout. Which works well since that wartime Vietnam era in college had to have been a crazy time for anyone going through it.
½ August 25, 2012
Jack Nicholson's first directed film is rather......messy. A film that needs to stay in 1971. Not in a bad way. Kind of the same way I feel about Easy Rider (it is however a fantastic film in it's own right)
June 29, 2012
Marrying Altman and Nichols in style, Nicholson himself is a remarkably memorable actor, and he leads his actors into truly rarefied realism and intensity revolving around a campus as model of the era's dueling psychological states, paranoia and neurotic competitiveness. Even the love interest seeks to lay claim to a personality of her own.
½ May 9, 2012
After coming to prominence with Easy Rider (1969) and Five Easy Pieces (1970), Jack Nicholson wanted to direct a film like his friends had, and he got lucky with this adapatation of Jeremy Larner's 1964 film, (Larner did the screenplay with Nicholson, with uncredited additions by Terrence Malick), it's a low-key student drama which shows all the teen angst as the 1960's gave way to the cold, harsh 1970's. Drive, He Said focuses on rising basketball star Hector Bloom (William Tepper) who is a brilliant player for his College basketball team, the Leopards. He's the star amongst his team, and his physical abilities impress Coach Bullion (Bruce Dern). However, he's also a bit of a womaniser, and he's been having an affair with Olive (Karen Black), who is the wife of Professor Conrad (Henry Jaglom), who is Hector's favourite teacher at the college. However, Hector is having problems with his roommate Gabriel (Michael Margotta), who is a rebellious protester, who violently disrupts Hector's basketball games. Then Hector get's caught up in Gabriel's antics, and Gabriel falls for Olive. Nicholson shows great confidence as a director, and everyone had high hopes for this. Sadly, it got booed off the screen at Cannes and Nicholson didn't direct again until Goin' South (1978). But, it's a good low-key drama with good performances that had it's fingers on the pulse of students in America at the time. You can see where Nicholson's love of Basketball lies with this film, as he never misses an LA Lakers game.
May 5, 2012
A bit confusing, but so is college and so was facing the draft in war time. So it kind of fits the topic.
Super Reviewer
April 3, 2012
The relationships between characters make no sense and mean nothing. The pacing and camera work are fine, but there is no sense of importance in this film. The role of Gabriel should've been played by Nicholson if it was going to be in the film at all. The relationship between Olive and Bloom and Richard was just wacky and did not feel real at all. The film focuses on so many different relationships that it lacks grounding for characters and a central focus for the audience. The feel just feels like a bunch of meaningless and phony vignettes trying to gel as one.
March 4, 2012
It was made in the time of student demonstrations, the time of awakening, and Nicholson's film was of its time. But it ends up being a bit aimless in direction as the 2 main characters we are supposed to be following take very different turns in direction, neither being particularly interesting, sadly. A pretty good film for experimentation by first-time director Jack Nicholson, but it obviously didn't lead to a bigger directing career for him.
February 20, 2012
In no way can it be said that this film really works, 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.
February 13, 2012
Realizado por Jack Nicholson, "Drive, he said" procura marcar a sua posição numa (C)poca conturbada para os Estados Unidos. Fá-lo atrav (C)s de um retrato algo confuso repartido entre um jogador de basket inconformado e um gajo que se faz passar por louco para não cumprir serviço militar. Os dois são faces diferentes do mesma juventude desalinhada. Mas aquilo que pode at (C) ser um bom documento contra-cultura da (C)poca não se traduz em cinema de grande interesse hoje. Isto se exluirmos algumas sequências simbólicas e a presença da sempre fascinante Karen Dalton. 2/5
½ February 6, 2012
A campus revolution movie, Jack Nicholson's first foray behind the camera is cool at times but just too dated for the rest of it. When BBS hits, they hit hard (The Last Picture Show, Five Easy Pieces, Easy Rider), but when they don't (Head, Drive, He Said) the movies are barely even remembered.
January 25, 2012
Pretty fucking bad. I can see what Jack Nicholson was trying to do, but I don't think he succeeded. This movie is a mess. Skip it.
December 17, 2011
The awesome thing about 'Drive, He Said' is that the mood of the time comes across still to this day. William Tepper as Hector is fantastic. Bruce Dern as your typical serious coach fleshes out the character and hits notes that weren't given to him in the screenplay. Nicholson's debut film as a director is sloppy in sections but its still fun.
Super Reviewer
August 10, 2011
It's a shame that one of the greatest actors of our time couldn't convince the lead in his directorial debut to give a credible performance. But William Tepper is only one of the problems with this meandering mess of a movie. It's a shame because there is a great story in here and the footage of the basketball games is well shot. Not to mention, Karen Black and especially Bruce Dern give fantastic performances which only makes the other bad performances stand out even more. As a big fan of basketball and Nicholson, this was a bit of a letdown.
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