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Offbeat 1970 NY-set character study resembles its central character too closely and is therefore something of a cop-out. See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)
Jordan Christopher ... Jonathan
Jill O'Hara ... Jennifer

Robert Walden ... Winslow Smith

Kate Reid ... Jonathan's Mother
William Redfield ... Jonathan's Father

Lois Nettleton ... Mildred
Boni Enten ... Naomi

Elaine Stritch ... Tough Lady

Melba Moore ... Model at Party
Riggs O'Hara ... Oliver
Kristoffer Tabori ... Oliver's Boy Friend
Donald Warfield ... Young Stutterer
Jean Shevlin ... Mrs. Abelman
Matt Warner ... Mr. Abelman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Reed ... Hermie
Arthur Anderson ... Floorwalker (uncredited)
Nancy Andrews ... Passenger With Crying Child (uncredited)
Pat Ast ... Fat Girl at Party (uncredited)
Sean Bersell ... Little Boy in Cab (uncredited)
Bert Bertram ... Doorman (uncredited)
Margaret Brewster ... Pigeon Lady (uncredited)
Janet Maria Burtis ... Cranky Lady Passenger (uncredited)
Esther Bussler ... Christmas Shopper in Cab (uncredited)
Buddy Butler ... Black Passerby (uncredited)
Sean Campbell ... Boy on Crutches (uncredited)
Tony Capodilupo ... Van Man (uncredited)
María Cellario ... Pretty Girl in Laundromat (uncredited)
Richard Clarke ... Englishman (uncredited)

Daniel Davis ... Skinny (uncredited)
Steve Dawson ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Salo Douday ... Sad Bum (uncredited)

David Doyle ... Mr. Seigbert (uncredited)
Edward Dunne ... Skinny Fag (uncredited)
Christian Erickson ... Gordon (uncredited)
Frank Hamilton ... Gallstone Man in Hospital (uncredited)
Bill Herndon ... Cop at the Pier (uncredited)
Helen Ludlam ... Old Lady on Train (uncredited)
Paul Norman ... Orderly (uncredited)
Mary Orr ... Saleslady (uncredited)

Bonnie Paul ... Crying Girl (uncredited)
Wyman Pendleton ... Doctor (uncredited)
Ellis Richardson ... Black Passerby (uncredited)
Anne Shropshire ... Mother at Department Store (uncredited)
Ethel Smith ... Blowsy Lady at Pinball Machine (uncredited)

Sylvester Stallone ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sara Wilson ... Lesbian at Party (uncredited)

Directed by
John Dexter 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Boyer  novel "The Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker"
Ron Whyte 

Produced by
Richard Lewis .... producer
Original Music by
Christopher Dedrick 
Lee Holdridge 
Edd Kalehoff 
Warren Marley 
Patrick Williams 
Cinematography by
Urs Furrer 
Film Editing by
John Oettinger 
Production Design by
Emanuel Gerard 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
Costume Design by
Domingo A. Rodriguez 
Makeup Department
John Alese .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Allan Wertheim .... second assistant director
Art Department
Hal Bock .... head carpenter
Sound Department
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
Music Department
Phil Ramone .... musical director

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Also Known As:
"The Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker" - USA (original title)
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106 min | USA:87 min (re-release)
Aspect Ratio:
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Offbeat 1970 NY-set character study resembles its central character too closely and is therefore something of a cop-out., 17 April 2008
Author: noir guy from London, England

This offbeat 1970 NY-set character study resembles its central character too closely and is therefore something of a cop-out. Jonathan (Jordan ANGEL, ANGEL DOWN WE GO Christopher) is a lazy Princeton graduate who earns what he describes as 'an easy living' driving a NY taxi 'Because I want to show the world the back of my neck'. Together with his frustrated virginal ex-army pal Winston (Robert Walden), he lives an aimless existence disinterestedly weaving his cab through the often traffic-clogged city streets, drifting through loveless and seemingly joyless no-strings sexual encounters and occasionally chasing pigeons before embarking on a tentative relationship with his new neighbour, college drop-out Jennifer (Jill O'Hara, in her only film appearance) who - in counterculture era drop-out fashion - is trying to find herself. But can Jonathan discover true happiness in his own backyard or is he destined to forever fly free like the pigeons he casts sidelong glances at and occasionally tries to kick? Although this ticks many of the early 70s cinema boxes (there are the obligatory party scenes, generation-gap themes, swishy kaftan-wearing homosexuals, casual sexual encounters, characters bonding during a rooftop pot-smoking session, grungy wintry locations, ghastly woozy love songs warbling away on the soundtrack, a self-loathing misanthropic anti-hero and even a somewhat out-of-place car chase), the sum of the parts don't ultimately add up to a particularly satisfying whole. This is due in no small part to its smug central character whose inner monologues tend to resemble a series of clichéd and generally unfunny observations (e.g. 'It's OK to be homely, lady, but you're abusing the privilege' - which is one of the better zingers on offer) and whose selfish behaviour is most likely inherited (he has a similarly solipsistic mother still pining for her late husband and a lecherous and unfeeling stepfather) but don't really give the film the emotional or dramatic heft of the same year's far superior FIVE EASY PIECES. However, there are a few residual pleasures in those grungy wintry Big Apple locations, a catchy electronic central theme and the window cracked open on a vanished era that may have mostly existed through the refracted lens of a movie camera rather than in actuality. And it's a real obscurity that seems to have virtually vanished following its original release in its longer-titled full-length form and subsequent re-release in the retitled and abridged (86 minutes) form as PIGEONS that I viewed thanks to its apparent one-off appearance on UK TV in the mid-90s. The current scarcity factor alone makes it a must for 'Cinema Obscura' buffs.

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