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Clay Pigeons (1998)

Clay is a young man in a small town who witnesses his friend kill himself because of the ongoing affair that Clay was having with the man's wife. Feeling guilty, Clay now resists the widow ... See full summary »

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Clay is a young man in a small town who witnesses his friend kill himself because of the ongoing affair that Clay was having with the man's wife. Feeling guilty, Clay now resists the widow when she presses him to continue with their sexual affairs. Clay befriends a troubling serial killer. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Some killers are strange, some are deranged, and some are just plain psycho. See more »

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Rated R for strong scenes of sexuality, language and violence | See all certifications »

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In Too Deep  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$167,364, 27 September 1998, Limited Release

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$1,789,892, 15 November 1998
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Actor Ryan Christopher Mouritsen ("Pizza Delivery Kid") and Assistant Director Michael S. Hennessey were both from Salt Lake City, UT. As there were several thriving entertainment professionals in Salt Lake City, UT., this film helped many of them to find work in the film. In Ryan's case, his dad even drove along to be at the movie set to see his son starting his full-time career of being involved in TV/motion pictures. Ryan permanently moved to Hollywood after being in this film. He had also graduated from the four-year program of the "Professional Actors Conservatory of Salt Lake City" and moving west was part of his dream. This film only had a brief appearance for Ryan, but it helped to forge his professional ambitions that he continued until he passed away in February 2009 due to an aviation crash in Torrance, CA. See more »

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Before Clay pushes the truck over the cliff, he's inside and he leaves the door open. But when the truck goes over the cliff, the door is closed. See more »

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Lester: I'm Lester. Lester the uh, molester.
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At the end of the closing credits Lester Long says "You gotta good sense of humor, I like that" and does his bizarre laugh. See more »

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References Barton Fink (1991) See more »

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Another Perfect Catastrophe
Written and Performed by (Tod A.) Firewater
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One of the year's most entertaining and original movies. *** out of ****
24 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

"Clay Pigeons" is a black comedy centering on a young man named Clay Birdwell, who works as a Montana gas station attendant. He is having an affair with his best friend's wife, Amanda. His best friend, Earl, knows about this, however. Thus he kills himself one day, and cleverly frames Clay for the murder. Clay, feeling both afraid and awkward, covers this incident up by making the death look like a suicide. The police fall for it and Clay puts this mess behind him. This film, both written and directed by newcomer David Dobkin, is the most original movie I have seen in a long while. Think about it, we haven't had a movie this clever and blackly comic since "Fargo," possible one of the best movies I have ever scene. The characters are so unique, while they don't generate much sympathy from the audience; they still are extremely fun to watch.

The performances are another great element in the movie. Vince Vaughn portrays Lester Long like he did in the recent "Psycho" remake. His style, giggle, attitude, and presence are all priceless. Joaquin Phoenix takes us though a funny joyride as he gets into more and more trouble as Clay. Let's not forget Georgina Cates, as the slutty wife of Earl. She plays cocky character who everyone loves to hate. The only character I could find is Janeane Garofalo's, who was surly inspired by Frances MacDormand from "Fargo."

The film's soundtrack is of the best there is, with songs that not only further the character's motives, but are also catchy and even describe some of the movie's plot at times. I have owned the soundtrack even before I saw the movie, which is quite unusual. But once I heard the theme song to "Clay Pigeons": "The Ballad of Lester Long," I had to get it.

I do think that this movie could have been better, however. If it had left a few more elements to the imagination, like the guilt or innocence of Clay Birdwell, and the explicit murder and sex scenes, maybe the viewer would be l bit more involved into the story. A little less plot and a little fewer characters would have also been nice.

But those are but minor complaints. I was looking forward to seeing this movie for a long time, and I was not that disappointed. "Clay Pigeons" is one of the years most entertaining and original films.


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