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


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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Lester Long never forgets a friend See more »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In Too Deep  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Janeane Garofalo said in an interview that her biggest reason for taking the role of Agent Dale Shelby was her feeling that the film needed a strong leading female character to "take the edge off" the occasional violence against women on screen. See more »


When Clay is being interrogated for the first time, and he is asked if he was just friends with Amanda, he sits with nothing in his hands or mouth. When he answers "no" a second later, he has a cigarette in his mouth and matches in his hand. See more »


Lester: Me and Clay, we's fishin' buddies!
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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 »


References Swingers (1996) See more »


Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Written by Wallis Willis
Performed by Martin Blasick
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Most Under-rated movie ever?...
19 February 2004 | by (B'ham, England) – See all my reviews

Ok I was pretty much on a real bad run with my films after watching big let downs like Underworld, Bad Boys 2, Out Of time etc etc... so when Clay Pigeons came along, I really wasn't expecting much, especially as I hadn't heard anything about it before. So after watching it, I have to say this is without a shadow of a doubt one of the MOST , or possibly the BIGGEST under-rated movie ever!. Honestly I really can't think of any negative to say about it at all, the plot was gripping, funny, intense & the acting...Oooh the acting was OUTSTANDING! I mean Vince Vaughan was brilliant in his role of Lester Long, his character will have to go down as probably the funniest, creepiest & craziest bad guy ever! he definatly should have got an oscar for this performance!. Joaquin Phoenix played his part brilliantly also, this too I think is his best performance ive seen ( And i thought he was superb in Gladiator) The movie does have everything, it's run-time is 104mins, and geez they have managed to fit alot of story in that space of time, it's so fast paced, you can't take your eyes off it! Sadly though there is no region 2 dvd out for it yet, so i had to buy it region 1 which I try not too do, but for a movie of this quality it's worth it. Im sure there's loads out there that have't seen this, but I strongly suggest you do, Its 10x better than most of this garbage that Hollywood are throwing at us right now!


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