One-Trick Pony (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

One-Trick Pony (1980)

One-Trick Pony (1980)

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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.

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Cast

Rip Torn
as Walter Fox
Joan Hackett
as Lonnie Fox
Allen Garfield
as Cal van Damp
Mare Winningham
as Modeena Dandridge
Michael Pearlman
as Matty Levin
Lou Reed
as Steve Kunelian
Steve Gadd
as Danny Duggin
Eric Gale
as Lee-Andrew Parker
Tony Levin
as John DiBatista
Richard Tee
as Clarence Franklin
Harry Shearer
as Bernie Wepner
Daniel Stern
as Hare Krishna
Lisa Carlson
as Groupie
Jordan Cael
as Lee Perry
Susan Forristal
as Cal's Girl Friend
Kate Pierson
as Member of the B-52's
Ann Karell
as Moto Inn Clerk
John Sebastian
as Member of the Lovin' Spoonful
Freda Scott
as Chambermaid
David Sanborn
as Saxophone Soloist
Tiny Tim
as Himself
Michael J. Miller
as Acappella Singer
Glenn Scarpelli
as Acappella Singer
Merv Griffin
as Acappella Singer
Joe Smith
as Narrator at Convention
Richard Dolan
as Acappella Singer
Carol Levy
as Receptionist
Patti Austin
as Back-up Singer
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One-Trick Pony offers a satirical look at the music business.

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