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Clay Pigeon (1971)

R | | Action, Drama | August 1971 (USA)
An ex-soldier is recruited by the FBI to go undercover in L.A. and find other ex-soldiers who are part of a drug-dealing gang.




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Credited cast:
Joe Ryan
Police Captain
Freedom Lovelace
Clinic Doctor
Marilyn Akin ...
Marlene Clark ...
Belinda Palmer ...
Mario Alcalde ...
Government Agent
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Lane Slate


An ex-soldier is recruited by the FBI to go undercover in L.A. and find other ex-soldiers who are part of a drug-dealing gang.

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Joe Ryan had but one life to give for his country. The CIA asked him for it twice.


Action | Drama


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The film's premiere in Boston benefited Project Turnabout, a drug rehab program in Hull, Mass. See more »


Redford: Quite by accident we stumbled upon a ding-a-ling with a great deal of ability.
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References The Cross and the Switchblade (1970) See more »


Words and Music by Kathe Green
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Tom Stern's vanity production!
16 November 1999 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

This would be action film is so slow it almost put you to sleep. I can't figure out why MGM picked this film up for release? There are some good moments and if Stern edited a good 10 minutes of this film, it would run very smoothly. Stern plays a vietnam vet who is used by a DEA agent (savalas) to be a clay pigeon for drug kingpin (Vaughn). There is Kris Kristofferson, Arlo Guthrie songs, Doon-Buggie chase, Meredith acting like a hippie, Lawford uncredited, and I don't want to give away the ending, but it's lame. Not recommended.

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