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Director:
Writer:
Hall Bartlett (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 October 1973 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Everyone's Book Is Now Everyone's Motion Picture
Plot:
Jonathan is sick and tired of the boring life in his sea-gull clan. He rather experiments with new, always more daring flying techniques... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It's a metaphor rather than a "seagull movie" See more (35 total) »

Cast

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James Franciscus ... Jonathan Livingston Seagull (voice)

Juliet Mills ... The Girl (voice)
Philip Ahn ... Chang (voice)

David Ladd ... Fletcher Lynd Seagull (voice)
Kelly Harmon ... Kimmy (voice)

Dorothy McGuire ... Mother (voice)

Richard Crenna ... Father (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hal Holbrook ... The Elder (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Hall Bartlett 
 
Writing credits
Hall Bartlett (screenplay)

Richard D. Bach  book (uncredited)

Produced by
Hall Bartlett .... producer
 
Original Music by
Neil Diamond (background score composed by)
Lee Holdridge (background score composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Jack Couffer (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Marshall M. Borden 
James Galloway 
Frank P. Keller 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
Boris Leven 
 
Production Management
Herbert Coleman .... administrative consultant (as William H. Coleman)
Gaylin P. Schultz .... production supervisor (as Gaylin Schultz)
 
Art Department
Sandy Dvore .... visual consultant
 
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... production sound
Richard Oswald .... sound editorial staff
Gil Plenty .... unit sound
Richard Portman .... sound re-recordist
James Richard .... sound editorial staff (as Jim Richard)
William A. Sawyer .... sound editorial staff (as William Sawyer)
Curly Thirlwell .... sound effects mixer (as Edward M. Thirlwell)
Frank E. Warner .... sound effects creator (as Frank Warner)
Don Zimmerman .... sound editorial staff
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special effects
Jim Danforth .... animator (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... matte supervisor (uncredited)
Matthew Yuricich .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Freeman .... camera operator: helicopter photography (as MacGillvray/Freeman)
Norman Harris .... gaffer
John Koester .... assistant cameraman
Greg MacGillivray .... camera operator: helicopter photography (as MacGillvray/Freeman)
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
Gerald McClain .... assistant camera
Stan McClain .... assistant camera: second aerial unit
George Ressler .... head grip
Tony Rivetti .... camera operator: filmed part
 
Editorial Department
Jack Garsha .... color consultant
Joseph R. Marek .... negative supervisor
Bobbie Shapiro .... editorial associate
 
Music Department
Israel Baker .... musician: violin solo
Tom Catalano .... music supervisor
Tom Catalano .... soundtrack producer
Neil Diamond .... composer: songs
Neil Diamond .... music adaptor: background score
Charles Grenzbach .... music mixer (as Charles W. Grenzbach)
John C. Hammell .... music editor
Lee Holdridge .... conductor
Lee Holdridge .... music adaptor: background score
Lee Holdridge .... music arranger
Don MacDougall .... music mixer (as Donald W. MacDougall)
Armin Steiner .... musical mixer: soundtrack album
 
Transportation Department
James Davis .... transportation
 
Other crew
Joan Arnold .... production assistant
Ray Berwick .... bird trainer
Virginia Briggs .... continuing imagery
Chris Cagle .... aircraft coordinator
James Caliendo .... bird trainer (as Jim Caliendo)
Brian Callahan .... bird supervision and care
James G. Callahan .... bird supervision and care (as James Callahan)
Eileen Dunn .... assistant: Mr. Dvore
Gary Gero .... bird trainer
Ida Kaul .... executive secretary
Gina Lance .... documentarian
Catalina Lawrence .... script supervisor
Elliott Marks .... documentarian
Mike Merrick .... producer's representative
George Nolan .... helicopter pilot
Leslie Parrish .... researcher
Matthew Place .... bird supervision and care
Gil Plenty .... special assistant to producer
Art Scholl .... pilot: aerobatic aircraft
P.K. Strong .... film shipping coordinator
William C. Thomas .... assistant to producer (as Bill Thomas)
Robert Werden .... unit publicist
Earl Cohen .... bird handler (uncredited)
John Miller .... bird handler (uncredited)
Mark Smith .... builder: model bird (uncredited)
Mark Smith .... pilot: model bird (uncredited)
Lance Sultzbaugh .... bird handler (uncredited)
Tony Urbano .... puppeteer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Russell Munson .... acknowledgment: main title still photograph ©1970
Charles R. Stribling .... gratitude
 

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Runtime:
120 min | USA:99 min (DVD)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell.See more »
Quotes:
Chang:Perfect speed isn't moving fast at all; perfect speed is being there.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Falls (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
AnthemSee more »

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44 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
It's a metaphor rather than a "seagull movie", 23 February 2005
Author: Resonant1 from United States

If I was rating this movie back in 1973 when I saw the film in the theater on opening day, then it would have been a 10. Age does take it's toll on our opinions and we're 32 years down the line, hence my rating's decline from perfection.

One must keep in mind when viewing this film that if you expect it to be a Disney story about seagulls, then you are going to be gravely disappointed. In fact, Richard Bach, the writer, fought tooth and nail to prevent exactly that Disney influence in the face of a studio that wanted to add animated fake mouth movements over the photography of the seagulls.

The story is presented through the persona of seagulls, but it is NOT about seagulls. Like the book of the same name, the movie is actually a metaphor about people and life and the pursuit of learning and something better than "pack mentality". Those viewers who keep an eye toward those subtle metaphysical principles will recognize the jewel at the heart of the movie. Those viewers with no thought of higher principles or those looking for an animal movie may conversely wish they had never heard of it.

Alas, the movie studio seemed to be populated by the latter group. Ultimately infighting between Bach and the pro-mouth-movement studio honchos who wanted to retrofit the movie after its release resulted in the demise of the theatrical release within a few weeks of opening. Granted, there was a limited audience for the movie, but Bach didn't care since those who needed the message would find it and I personally think it would have lasted longer if left alone.

The photography is stunning and the soundtrack by Neil Diamond is stellar. Granted, by today's standards, both the movie and soundtrack are dated, but then so is anything made in the 70's.

When it came out originally I took everyone I knew to see it who was even slightly interested in such metaphors and all of them loved it. It remains to be one of my favorite movies in principle even today despite the dating.

If you are going to watch it today, just allocate two hours of your life that are free of constraints in which to relax and learn one small simple quiet lesson and then enjoy the spectacular scenery while you are doing it. If you can do that, you will love it.

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