MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,163 this week

Clay Pigeons (1998)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  25 September 1998 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 8,838 users   Metascore: 46/100
Reviews: 105 user | 50 critic | 26 from Metacritic.com

Clay (as in the title) 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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 titles
created 27 Sep 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 02 Mar 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 13 May 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Clay Pigeons" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Clay Pigeons (1998)

Clay Pigeons (1998) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Clay Pigeons.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A criminal subculture operates among U.S. soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall.

Director: Gregor Jordan
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Anna Paquin, Ed Harris
Made (2001)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two aspiring boxers, lifelong friends, get involved in a money-laundering scheme through a low-level organized crime group.

Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Joe Goossen
Panic (2000)
Drama | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Alex, a hit man, tries to get out of the family business, but his father won't let him do so. While seeking the help of a therapist, he meets a sexually charged 23-year-old woman with whom he falls in love.

Director: Henry Bromell
Stars: William H. Macy, Neve Campbell, John Ritter
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young, naive Hollywood studio assistant finally turns the tables on his incredibly abusive producer boss.

Director: George Huang
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley, Michelle Forbes
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A phobic con artist and his protégé are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the former's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Alison Lohman, Sam Rockwell
Shallow Grave (1994)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash.

Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor
The Matador (2005)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A globetrotting hitman and a crestfallen businessman meet in a hotel bar in Mexico City in an encounter that draws them together in a way neither expected.

Director: Richard Shepard
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.

Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen
The Last Supper I (1995)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A group of idealistic, but frustrated, liberals succumb to the temptation of murdering rightwing pundits for their political beliefs.

Director: Stacy Title
Stars: Cameron Diaz, Ron Eldard, Annabeth Gish
Intermission (2003)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A variety of losers in Dublin have harrowingly farcical intersecting stories of love, greed and violence.

Director: John Crowley
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Kelly Macdonald, Colin Farrell
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The wannabe sons of mobsters go to a remote town in the Midwest, and get themselves into more trouble than anyone could anticipate.

Directors: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
Stars: Jennifer Baxter, Dennis Hopper, Vin Diesel
Novocaine (2001)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him into prescribing her drugs.

Director: David Atkins
Stars: Steve Martin, Helena Bonham Carter, Chelcie Ross
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Earl
...
Amanda
...
Sheriff Dan Mooney
...
Deputy Barney
Wayne Brennan ...
Minister
...
Glen
...
...
Gloria Collins (as Nikki Arlyn)
Jeff Olson ...
Mark
Monica Moench ...
Kimberly
...
Bystander at Amanda's
Jesse Bennett ...
Dr. Jaffe
...
Agent Reynard
...
Edit

Storyline

Clay (as in the title) 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. Into this comes a serial killer who befriends Clay, even to murdering the nagging widow for him... but certainly not at Clay's request. But that doesn't matter for the police, as well as for a savvy female FBI agent who sees Clay as their prime suspect. Yet Clay doesn't tell them of his 'friend' who admits to him of his serial killings, primarily because Clay sees himself as somewhat of an accomplice, in that he seems to have introduced to the killer each young woman that is killed... in fact, the sheriff comments that he wishes Clay would quit finding the murdered victims, which he always seems to do. But at last Clay is able to turn from being the pigeon... to giving the film its very unpredictable conclusion. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

25 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In Too Deep  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$167,364 (USA) (25 September 1998)

Gross:

$1,789,892 (USA) (13 November 1998)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

| (one scene)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

FBI Agent Dale Shelby and her partner, Agent Renard, have names that may be loosely derived from The X-Files (1993) characters Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. "Renard" is French for "fox." See more »

Goofs

The patch's on Sheriff Mooney's and his deputy's uniforms read "Mercer County Sheriff's Dept". But when Mooney is driving a sheriff's dept SUV, the decal on the door reads "Davis County Sheriff". See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Mooney: Promise me something there, will you?
Clay Bidwell: What's that?
Sheriff Mooney: Promise you'll stop finding dead people.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References The X-Files (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight
Written by Ryan Adams
Performed by Whiskeytown
Courtesy of Outpost Recordings
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Dark Humor Drives Engrossing Story
11 September 2000 | by (Salem, Oregon) – See all my reviews

In a small town out west, a target practice outing with a friend kicks off a chain of bizarre events that lead a man to involvement with murder and an unsolicited alliance with a person of, shall we say, `questionable' character in `Clay Pigeons,' directed by David Dobkin. Joaquin Phoenix is Clay Birdwell, a regular guy whose lack of judgment and discretion catches up with him unexpectedly in this dark, maddening tale of morality and fate that is sometimes morose and disturbing, at other times darkly humorous, as it deftly examines the trappings of the tangled webs we humans weave. Clay has become mired in a moral dilemma from which there seems to be no escape, when he meets and is befriended by Lester Long (Vince Vaughn), a trucker passing through town one night. At a local bar, Lester observes that Clay doesn't exactly have a way with women; it gets Lester's attention, which leads to a game of pool and, later on, a casual fishing trip that, like the target practice outing, proves to be a life-altering experience for Clay. Phoenix is perfectly cast as Clay, ably conveying the effects of the dark quagmire into which he is cast by circumstances he is unable to control. His performance enables you to feel him sinking ever deeper as the story moves along, and to empathize with him and experience what he is going through. You realize that he understands his situation, and it becomes a matter of waiting to see if he will make the right decisions, regardless of the inevitable consequences. It creates a tension that makes you want to yell at the screen to tell him what to do. Vaughn is excellent as well as the cowboy trucker with the winning smile, robust laugh and a closet full of dark secrets. There's a menace behind the good-natured facade he puts on that becomes more pronounced as the events unfold. Pretty early on you know what this guy is all about, but somehow it only enhances the anxiety of the whole situation as it becomes a cat-and mouse game (with some unexpected twists) between Clay and Lester. Another notable performance comes from the charismatic Janeane Garofalo, who is surprisingly effective and credible as F.B.I. agent Dale Shelby, who comes to town when things take a turn and begin to heat up. It's a credit to her talent and versatility that she can pull this character off so well. The supporting cast includes Georgina Cates (Amanda), Scott Wilson (Sheriff Mooney), Vince Vieluf (Deputy Barney), and Monica Moench (Kimberly). There are moments in this movie that absolutely make you want to tear your hair out, a credit to the way Dobkin put this project together and delivered it. `Clay Pigeons' is a nail-biter that will keep you going right up to the end (which is terrific); Clay and Lester are characters you're going to remember, and just to make sure there's a brief, inspired reminder at the end of the credits (so stay with it all the way). Relatively overlooked during it's original release, this film should gain new life on video, and deservedly so; this is one you'll be glad you took a look at. I rate this one 9/10.


25 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Amanda or Gloria? baby_gorilla
Lester + Sheriff Mooney wdflwr
Is the film any good? xxRiverxx
what the hell? snafu-4
Lester Snozzberry6
FBI requirements lazur-2
Discuss Clay Pigeons (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?