Clay Pigeons (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  25 September 1998 (USA)
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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 <>

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

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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Agent Dale Shelby spends the night in a hotel room with three films taken from the crime scene she visited that day. The films are Alien (1979), True Romance (1993) and Swingers (1996). "Alien" was directed by this film's producer Ridley Scott, "True Romance" was directed by Tony Scott, also a producer on this film and Ridley Scott's brother, and "Swingers" starred this film's lead actor, Vince Vaughn. 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 »


Dale Shelby: Whoa! You're standing in evidence!
Sheriff Mooney: Barney!
Dale Shelby: Your deputy's name is Barney? That's great.
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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 »


Referenced in The Making of 'The Break-Up' (2006) See more »


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Written by Tonio K. and John Keller
Performed by Sara Evans
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Surprisingly good
11 June 2000 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I usually don't read many comments here at IMDb before I have seen a certain film, I only read a few. But before I saw "Clay Pigeons" I read them all and after having done so I didn't exactly expect much when I pushed "play" on the remote control. I'm not saying that that is the only reason why I liked this movie so much, because I really thought that it was a good film. Not a masterpiece of course, but the script is witty, the acting great, and the movie in itself is quite entertaining -- it's never boring. I really, really like Joaquin Phoenix, he is one of the best young actors around now, and he didn't disappoint me in this film -- far from it. He's quite brilliant. Vince Vaughn must have had a great time playing Lester Long, you can see that he is comfortable with his character and Vaughn is better than I'd ever expected, however, for me it's Phoenix's film. He truly is amazing. As for Janeane Garofalo, she's certainly not bad, but neither very good, but that's mainly because she's in the shadow of Vaughn and Phoenix. Overall, an entertaining and rather funny film, way better than I expected. (7/10)

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