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Jonathan Livingston Seagull
     

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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Director: Hall Bartlett, Richard Crenna, Hal Holbrook, Dorothy McGuire

Cast: Hall Bartlett, Richard Crenna, Hal Holbrook, Dorothy McGuire

 

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Hal Bartlett co-wrote and directed this film curiosity, based on Richard Bach's best-selling fable, featuring an overbearing music score by Neil Diamond. The story begins as a flock of seagulls are pecking at the garbage left by a boat that has dumped a bunch of fish heads in the surf. One of the seagulls, Jonathan (voice of James Franciscus), would rather leave his

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Hal Bartlett co-wrote and directed this film curiosity, based on Richard Bach's best-selling fable, featuring an overbearing music score by Neil Diamond. The story begins as a flock of seagulls are pecking at the garbage left by a boat that has dumped a bunch of fish heads in the surf. One of the seagulls, Jonathan (voice of James Franciscus), would rather leave his life of garbage-picking and fly high in the sky to see other parts of the earth. Jonathan leaves the flock and flies around the world. He travels so far that he reaches an aviary heaven, where he meets Maureen Seagull (voice of Juliet Mills). Maureen introduces Jonathan to new experiences, and Jonathan returns to the flock to tell them the news. The other seagulls scorn him, but then they take notice when he heals a seagull that has died. Then the entire flock greets him as "the Son of the Great Gull."

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Those who want to truly enjoy Jonathan Livingston Seagull are advised to watch it with the mute button firmly pressed. Visually, Seagull is a treat. Jack C. Couffer's cinematography literally soars, creating a giddy feeling that approaches the transcendence that the film so badly wants to be about and to convey. The photography is gorgeously crisp or shimmeringly mystic as required, and the many swoops and swirls give the film an energy and vitality that is dazzling. James Galloway and Frank Keller's sharp, precise editing is also of enormous help visually, complimenting Couffer's work while adding to the dramatic impact. Unfortunately, once one turns the sound on, Seagull drops like a lead balloon. There are some who will appreciate Neil Diamond's bombastic songs, with their drippy lyrics attached to music that is as synthetic as it is emphatic. But it's hard to imagine anyone appreciating the dreadful dialogue that pours forth from the (non-moving) beaks of these poor birds. The story itself is incredibly dated and arch in a 1970s New Age-y manner, but it's the words - both trite and pretentious -- which really makes Seagull such a hard film to sit through. James Franciscus comes off quite poorly as the title character, but that's mainly because he's forced to recite so much of the dialogue. The rest of the cast, having less to say, fares somewhat better.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2013
UPC:
0883316745434
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
G
Source:
Paramount (Pmt)
Time:
1:39:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Crenna Father
Hal Holbrook Elder
Dorothy McGuire Mother
Richard Bach Actor
James Franciscus Jonathan
Juliet Mills Girl
Philip Ahn Chang
David Ladd Fletcher
Kelly Harmon Kimmy

Technical Credits
Hall Bartlett Director,Producer,Screenwriter
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Richard Bach Screenwriter
Jack C. Couffer Cinematographer
Neil Diamond Score Composer
James Galloway Editor
Lee Holdridge Score Composer
Frank Keller Editor
Boris Leven Production Designer
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
you must look beyond the material picture into the spiritual. It is more than just a story about 'no limitation'. It is a concept of eternal life and love. Although using a gull as its hero it could have used a man. Think about it in this context.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember watching this movie as a child and now I can't wait to have a movie night with my grandkids and watch it. Loved it! I still have the book that my dad got me after he took me to see the movie.