MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 12,528 this week

Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

 -  Drama | Family  -  23 October 1973 (USA)
5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 1,330 users  
Reviews: 35 user | 24 critic

Jonathan is sick and tired of the boring life in his sea-gull clan. He rather experiments with new, always more daring flying techniques. Since he doesn't fit in, the elders expel him from ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 titles
created 29 Jun 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 23 May 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 11 Jul 2013
 
a list of 37 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 43 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
The Girl (voice)
Philip Ahn ...
Chang (voice)
...
Fletcher Lynd Seagull (voice)
Kelly Harmon ...
Kimmy (voice)
...
Mother (voice)
...
Father (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Jonathan is sick and tired of the boring life in his sea-gull clan. He rather experiments with new, always more daring flying techniques. Since he doesn't fit in, the elders expel him from the clan. So he sets out to discover the world beyond the horizon in quest for wisdom. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Everyone's Book Is Now Everyone's Motion Picture

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 October 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Juan Salvador Gaviota  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,600,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the few movies that film critic Roger Ebert walked out of. See more »

Quotes

Chang: Heaven isn't a place; heaven is perfection.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening dedication: To the real Jonathan Livingston Seagull, who lives within us all. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Homer (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Flight of The Gull
Music by Neil Diamond
© 1973 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP) Used by permission. All rights reserved.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Really underrated movie adaptation of a famous novel
2 June 2010 | by (The world of artists) – See all my reviews

Not everyone may know the story of 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull'. But, if nothing else, at least many people certainly heard of it.

I like seagulls very much. They're such beautiful, elegant birds with a confident, even noble appearance. And they fly beautifully. A seagull's flight is one of the most graceful and fascinating things to see. As beautiful as they are, they're equally well known for their foul temperament...

One of the most different things about this movie is the fact that it has only birds (seagulls) on screen and no human characters at all. Plus, this is an animal movie different from the others. Instead of home pets, this one is about seagulls.

The story is about the title character, who is different from all the seagulls of his flock. Flying is his favorite thing. He flies with art and passion, but he dares to do things that other seagulls don't do, such as flying as high as possible (the more, the merrier - for him, sky is the limit) and flying in unusual speeds, as well as doing other "tricks" that other seagulls don't attempt. Of course that by being overambitious he's taking great risks...

Jonathan faces the reality of being different: his flock doesn't accept him and actually outcast him. However, that doesn't stop him from keep trying to learn and improve his flight skills so that he reaches what he is desperately trying to. And even though he later finds another flock which accepts him the way he is, he still loves his previous flock and wants to show them his talents.

This movie is certainly artistic when it comes to film-making. Besides the unique story (even if a bit lame), it has rich and gorgeous settings and landscapes, as well as a beautiful and relaxing musical score by Neil Diamond.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Soundtrack Jinx-to-Ennien
Deserves a DVD ? telmo-azevedo-1
Why such a stupic comment cinemaisart
20 minutes more ?? daftoizo
PARAMOUNT DVD grahame12
Making of film, specifically with use of seagulls lauranorman23
Discuss Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?