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Jonathan Livingston Seagull -- Based on Richard Bach's bestselling novel, this timeless tale will open your heart to wonder and dare you to dream.


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Hall Bartlett (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 October 1973 (USA) See more »
Everyone's Book Is Now Everyone's Motion Picture
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 »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Great Music, Visuals But The Story Is Lame See more (35 total) »


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James Franciscus ... Jonathan Livingston Seagull (voice)

Juliet Mills ... Marina (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
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)
Russell Munson .... acknowledgment: main title still photograph ©1970
Charles R. Stribling .... gratitude

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

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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 »
Chang:To fly as fast as thought to anywhere that is now - you begin by knowing that you have already arrived...See more »
Lonely Looking SkySee more »


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33 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Great Music, Visuals But The Story Is Lame, 6 April 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

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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