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Clay Pigeons (1998)

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Clay is a young man in a small town who witnesses his friend kill himself because of the on-going affair that Clay was having with the man's wife. Feeling guilty, Clay now resists the widow... See full summary »

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David Dobkin

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Matthew L. Healy (as Matt Healy)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Clay Bidwell
Gregory Sporleder ... Earl
Georgina Cates ... Amanda
Scott Wilson ... Sheriff Dan Mooney
Vince Vieluf ... Deputy Barney
Wayne Brennan Wayne Brennan ... Minister
Joseph D. Reitman ... Glen
Vince Vaughn ... Lester Long
Nicole Arlyn ... Gloria Collins (as Nikki Arlyn)
Jeff Olson Jeff Olson ... Mark
Monica Moench Monica Moench ... Kimberly
Kevin Rahm ... Bystander at Amanda's
Jesse Bennett Jesse Bennett ... Dr. Jaffe
Phil Morris ... Agent Reynard
Janeane Garofalo ... Agent Dale Shelby
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Storyline

Clay is a young man in a small town who witnesses his friend kill himself because of the on-going 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In Too Deep See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$167,364, 27 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,789,892, 15 November 1998
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (flashback sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Agent Dale Shelby (Janeane Garofalo) 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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Dale Shelby: Barney? Could you not poke the body with a stick, please?
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Dutch video version oddly has all expletives erased or edited. Shot of naked corpse floating in water has been censored. See more »

Connections

References The Unforgiven (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Wanted
Written by Roger Meade Clyne (as Roger Clyne), Paul Nappah, Brian David Blush (as Brian Bluh) and Arthur Edwards
Performed by The Refreshments
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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How strange...
2 March 2001 | by tripwiresSee all my reviews

Clay Pigeons is, to put it mildly, a very strange movie. That could be just me though, as this is the first dark comedy I've seen. Despite that I had fun watching it, from the first scene (which, by the way, gives you an awesome view of Joaquin Phoenix's beautiful eyes) up till the very last. Joaquin Phoenix, once again, delivered a memorable performance as Clay. He said his lines with conviction and the right amount of emotions at the right places. I don't know if Vince Vaughn was supposed to be hilarious but he cracked me up. I don't fancy Vince much but I like him in this movie. The plot is pretty unpredictable, and even though it doesn't grip your heart with tension it will maintain your interest until the very end cause you'll be dying to find out what happens to Clay.

Overall this film is definitely worth a watch.


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