|DRIVE, HE SAID (director/writer: Jack Nicholson; screenwriter: from the novel by Jeremy Larner/Jeremy Larner; cinematographer: Bill Butler; editors: Donn Cambern/Christopher Holmes /Pat Somerset /Robert L. Wolfe; music: David Shire; cast: William Tepper (Hector Bloom), Karen Black (Olive), Michael Margotta (Gabriel), Bruce Dern (Coach Bullion), Robert Towne (Richard) Mike Warren (Easly), Henry Jaglom (Conrad); Runtime: 95; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Steve Blauner; Columbia Pictures; 1971)|
|"The cynical film has its fun
poking fun at college life, the system and
by Dennis Schwartz
Jack Nicholson' ("The Two Jakes"/"Goin'
South") first crack at directing. The film received a
violent negative reaction at Cannes because it was so
confusing. It's based on the novel by Jeremy
Larner, which tells about college roommates in the
1960s at a school in Ohio. The story has something to
do with adultery, draft-dodging and basketball.
(William Tepper) is the Ohio
college basketball player. Gabriel (Michael
Margotta) is his roommate activist and
draft-dodger, who plays nutty to beat the draft. The
basketball coach is played by Bruce Dern. The coach's
wife is played by Karen Black. The basketball star is
carrying on with the coach's hottie older wife.
keep with the basketball theme, the former UCLA
basketball star, Mike Warren, shows us some game.
cynical film has its fun poking fun at college life,
the system and marriage.
The film's initial X rating was bargained down to an R by the studio. Armed with mix reviews, the ambitious pic was a box-office flop. But it remains as a good example of a 1960s like doomed counterculture film.
REVIEWED ON 10/19/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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