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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.

Directors:

Lane Slate, Tom Stern

Writers:

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

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Cast

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 Mario Alcalde ... Jason
Peter Lawford ... Government Agent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Jon Carlson ... Cast Member
Don Carter Don Carter ... Unknown
Lane Slate Lane Slate
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trip to Kill See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tracom See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Joe Ryan: [offering a marijuana cigarette] As a reward for a beautiful kiss, I present you with a golden joint.
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Connections

References The Cross and the Switchblade (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Turned In
Words and Music by Bobby Jameson
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Dull and slow
27 May 2016 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Even when you consider the low point Metro Goldwyn Mayer was finding itself in the 1970s, it's really puzzling why they decided picking up this movie was worth their time. As it turns out, they didn't give it much of a theatrical release. Seeing the movie, it's easy to figure out why MGM eventually realized there wasn't much of a potential audience for it. It's not entirely bad. The acting is pretty competent for the most part, though Robert Vaughn does overact for most of his scenes. And there's an interesting and tuneful soft rock soundtrack by some prominent musicians like Arlo Guthrie. But the movie is a big bore. It takes about half of the running time for the movie to set everything up, and once everything is set up, the movie doesn't pick up much more speed. Only some bouts of graphic violence and bloodshed (and graphic nudity) will prevent viewers from falling asleep, though I think most viewers once the movie reaches the ending will feel that having a nap would have been a more productive use of their time.


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