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Clay Pigeons (1998)

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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 »

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Cast

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Earl
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Amanda
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Sheriff Dan Mooney
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Deputy Barney
Wayne Brennan ...
Minister
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Glen
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Gloria Collins (as Nikki Arlyn)
Jeff Olson ...
Mark
Monica Moench ...
Kimberly
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Bystander at Amanda's
Jesse Bennett ...
Dr. Jaffe
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Agent Reynard
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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. 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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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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25 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In Too Deep  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,789,892 (USA) (13 November 1998)
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Star Joaquin Phoenix was at first apprehensive about taking the role of Clay because he feared that the scripts combination of humor and violence wouldn't translate well to screen. However, Phoenix changed his mind after meeting an enthusiastic David Dobkin and took the role. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sheriff Mooney: Clay, do me a favor; don't find anymore dead bodies?
Clay: Okay.
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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 Barton Fink (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

I Got Stung
Written by Aaron Schröder (as Aaron Schroder) and David Hill
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Edgy psychological thriller with great script, comedic touch and strong sound track.
17 September 1998 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

A story of double-double-cross and serial killing in Montana. From the first shot the film engages and won't let go. Joaquin Phoenix, Janeane Garofalo and Vince Vaughn take us on a trip that's simultaneously entertaining and harrowing.

Great music by John Lurie (aka Lounge Lizard, Down by Law, etc.), and featuring oldies that carry the merciless momentum of the film. Ridley Scott co-produced.Cinematography is evocative of My Own Private Idaho (it was filmed in Utah).

Director David Dobkin has his own strong signature, particularly his deft pulling together of the characters and the light comedy, but there were also elements of Jarmusch and Van Sant. Fine cast and an excellent film.


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