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Number One (1969)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 21 August 1969 (USA)
The story of Cat Catlan (Heston), a washed up quarterback who turns to drink and women to solve his problems. But he soon discovers that his problems are just beginning.

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Tom Gries
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Cast

Credited cast:
Charlton Heston ... Ron 'Cat' Catlan
Jessica Walter ... Julie Catlan
Bruce Dern ... Richie Fowler
John Randolph ... Coach Southerd
Diana Muldaur ... Ann Marley
G.D. Spradlin ... Doctor Tristler
Richard Elkins Richard Elkins ... Kelly Williams
Mike Henry ... Walt Chaffee
Bobby Troup ... Harvey Hess
Al Hirt ... Himself
Ernie Barnes Ernie Barnes ... Deke Coleman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danny Abramowicz Danny Abramowicz ... Himself
Doug Atkins Doug Atkins ... Himself
Bob Bennett Bob Bennett ... Penny Forber
Bart Burns ... Ed Davis
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Storyline

The story of Cat Catlan (Heston), a washed up quarterback who turns to drink and women to solve his problems. But he soon discovers that his problems are just beginning. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

When You're Number One, Everyone Wants A Piece Of The Action... so fight--claw--grab--lie--but stay there as long as you can! You have nowhere to go but down! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pro See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Heston wears #17, the same uniform number as the at that time QB of the Saints, Billy Kilmer. This was most likley done to match the number to action shot footage. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Biography: Charlton Heston: For All Seasons (1995) See more »

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~ Little Known Fact ~
18 January 2011 | by SMcKinseySee all my reviews

In the final scene when Catlan is crushed by the Dallas defense (actually portrayed by Saints players Mike Tilleman, Dave Rowe and Fred Whittingham), neither Heston nor the producer felt the hit on him was realistic enough, so Heston asked them to cut loose to make it look authentic. On the second take, the trio slammed the actor to the ground, breaking three of his ribs!!

As for a better actor to play this part or the "realism" as criticized below, Hogwash. I can't think of many actors back then or NOW that would take a hit like Heston did for any movie.

I enjoyed the show, LOVED the football scenes, liked the 60's look and feel of the show, and still love watching Charlton Heston movies. May he R.I.P.


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