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Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

G  |   |  Drama, Family  |  23 October 1973 (USA)
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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 »



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


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 <>

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Drama | Family


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Release Date:

23 October 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Juan Salvador Gaviota  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)


$1,600,000 (USA)

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(Westrex Recording System)


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2.35 : 1
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One of the few movies that film critic Roger Ebert walked out of. See more »


Jonathan: Listen, everybody! There's no limit to how high we can fly! We can dive for fish and never have to live on garbage again!
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Opening dedication: To the real Jonathan Livingston Seagull, who lives within us all. See more »


Flight of The Gull
Music by Neil Diamond
© 1973 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP) Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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Great Music, Visuals But The Story Is Lame
6 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great soundtrack, great visuals, somewhat confusing and disappointing storyline.

I always thought this was Neil Diamond's best work. He sang the soundtrack, and it's filled with great songs that he did exceptionally well.

The photography is beautiful and the scenes as mellow as you can find: a seagull gracefully gliding through the air surrounded by beautiful seascapes, sunsets, billowy clouds.....just magnificent scenery.

On the negative side is the usual New Age "look within yourself" theology. This is pure Secular Humanism. I say this because some people thought this was a Christian film and it is not. It only confuses people because there are analogies that could easily apply to Jesus, to the Pharisees and to Heaven itself. It was a bunch of mixed messages but author Richard Bach, from whose book this movie is based on, leaves no doubt near the end of the movie - or the screenwriters did, if they changed his book.

Still, a peaceful, calming movie that is unique.

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