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Clay Pigeon (1971)

R | | Action, Drama | August 1971 (USA)
An ex-soldier is recruited by the FBI to go undercover in L.A. and find other ex-soldiers who are part of a drug-dealing gang.


Lane Slate, Tom Stern


Ronald Buck (screenplay), Jack Gross Jr. (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Tom Stern Tom Stern ... Joe Ryan
Telly Savalas ... Redford
Robert Vaughn ... Neilson
John Marley ... Police Captain
Burgess Meredith ... Freedom Lovelace
Ivan Dixon ... Simon
Jeff Corey ... Clinic Doctor
Marilyn Akin Marilyn Akin ... Angeline
Marlene Clark ... Saddle
Belinda Palmer ... Tracy
Mario Alcalde ... Jason
Peter Lawford ... Government Agent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lee Anthony Lee Anthony
Ellen Blake Ellen Blake
Alan H. Braunstein Alan H. Braunstein ... (as Alan Braunstein)


An ex-soldier is recruited by the FBI to go undercover in L.A. and find other ex-soldiers who are part of a drug-dealing gang.

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Joe Ryan had but one life to give for his country. The CIA asked him for it twice.


Action | Drama


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Did You Know?


The film's premiere in Boston benefited Project Turnabout, a drug rehab program in Hull, Mass. See more »


Joe Ryan: [offering a marijuana cigarette] As a reward for a beautiful kiss, I present you with a golden joint.
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References Five Easy Pieces (1970) See more »


Ain't Gwine Whistle Dixie (Anymo')
Words and Music by Taj Mahal
courtesy Columbia Records
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Complete Misfire Despite Talented Cast
8 September 2003 | by Auric2003See all my reviews

Low-budget thriller features Tom Stern as Vietnam war hero, of late a hippy in L.A. He's set up as the bait by cop Telly Savalas to lure drug lord Robert Vaughn into a trap. Amateurishly directed, despite a talented cast- including Burgess Meredith, John Marley, Ivan Dixon and a (wisely)unbilled Peter Lawford. Director Stern manages to make all of these thespians appear at their worst. The script features endless "hip" dialogue that has dated badly and the production values have all the merit of a porno film. Only the finale staged in the Hollywood Bowl has even a modicum of style and suspense. Vaughn, whose character inexplicably wears a variety of goofy hats, was allegedly paid the (then) sizable sum of $500,000 for his role. This probably exhausted the remaining production budget. There are endless, poorly edited sequences involving dune buggy chases, though the audience might be stirred from their slumber by the frequent nudity. Not out on video in the U.S, but available in the U.K. as "Trip to Kill"

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August 1971 (USA) See more »

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Trip to Kill See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Tracom See more »
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