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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:
The Girl (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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Everyone's Book Is Now Everyone's Motion Picture


Drama | Family


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Release Date:

23 October 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Juan Salvador Gaviota  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)


$1,600,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

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


Chang: Heaven isn't a place; heaven is perfection.
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Opening dedication: To the real Jonathan Livingston Seagull, who lives within us all. See more »


Referenced in The Falls (1980) See more »


Music and Lyrics by Neil Diamond
Sung by Neil Diamond
© 1973 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP) Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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Good story decent movie
16 March 2007 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

First off if you are reading this you will most definitely read the book of the same title.

The book doesn't translate well into film due to it's short length so there is a lot of padding out of Jonathon just flying around visiting different places but the visuals on show are very good. The animatronics (rememeber they didn't have CGI back in the 70's) are first class and it really does look like live seagulls.

The movie is probably about the right length though at 95 mins perhaps trimming by 10 mins would not have harmed it.

As you'll know it's a feelgood story about the quest to be a better gull and the importance of tolerance and forgiveness.

I was a bit disappointed that one of the KEY SPOKEN LINES in the book was omitted from the script. When the young Jonathon is asked by his mother why he doesn't eat and is all bone and feathers he replies "I don't mind being bone and feathers, Mum. I just want to know what i can do in the air and what i can't, that's all. I just want to know" Considering the key part of the book is that Jonathon forsakes the squabbles and feeding frenzy to learn how to fly properly i would say that line is a pretty important one.

Still it's a decent movie which is pleasant to watch.

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