- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 23, 2009
- Originally Released: 1980
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Wall Street Journal - 12/05/2013
"[I]t's a terribly touching film and Mr. Simon is fine in a role that keeps him on screen throughout."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Jonah Levin knows what it's like to sit atop the world of pop music. But chart-topping hits (as well as enduring marriages) are harder to come by - and nothing he ever knew could prepare him for the skid to the bottom. Playing Jonah, the enduringly talented Paul Simon knows the musical terrain - but scores in acting and screenwriting areas as well in this sometimes funny, always probing look at the intriguing starmaking machinery of the recording industry. Blair Brown, Rip Torn, Joan Hackett and Lou Reed also score among the movie's performances. Among the 10 soundtrack Simon songs are Ace in the Hole, Late in the Evening, the title tune and That's Why God Made the Movies. Offering a showcase to a master musician like Simon is another divine reason to carry this cinematic tune.
Paul Simon wrote and stars in this interesting film about an aging musician who struggles to regain his lost popularity. Features the songs: "Late in the Evening," "Ace in the Hole," "One-Trick Pony," and 8 others. The Lovin' Spoonful and the B-52s also perform.
In a semi-autobiographical film, singer, songwriter Paul Simon tries to come to terms with getting older in a profession that is very youth-oriented.
Character Study |
- Color by Technicolor, using Panavision equipment.
- Following songs written by Paul Simon were performed by him in the film: "Late in the Evening" "One-Trick Pony" "How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns" "God Bless the Absentee" "Nobody" "Long, Long Day" "Ace in the Hole" "Jonah" "Oh, Marion" "Soft Parachutes" "That's Why God Made the Movies"
- Other music used in the film: "Rock Lobster" written and performed by The B-52s; "Soul Man" performed by Sam and Dave, written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter Jr.; "Do You Believe in Magic" written by John Sebastian, performed by The Lovin' Spoonful; "Me and Bobby McGee" written by Kris Kristofferson, performed by Mare Winningham.