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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 ongoing affair that Clay was having with the man's wife. Feeling guilty, Clay now resists the widow ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Clay Bidwell
... Earl
... Amanda
... Sheriff Dan Mooney
... Deputy Barney
Wayne Brennan ... Minister
... Glen
... Lester Long
... Gloria Collins (as Nikki Arlyn)
Jeff Olson ... Mark
Monica Moench ... Kimberly
... Bystander at Amanda's
Jesse Bennett ... Dr. Jaffe
... Agent Reynard
... 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 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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Some killers are strange, some are deranged, and some are just plain psycho. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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25 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In Too Deep  »

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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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Trivia

The film was titled "Il Sapore del sangue" for its release in Italy. The title translates to "The Taste of Blood", referring to the scene where Lester licks his finger after cutting it on a kitchen knife. See more »

Goofs

In the Doc Holiday's bar, when Clay is playing pool (shortly before he slaps Amanda), she comes in wearing a red dress with straps. In the scenes, her left strap is first off of her shoulder, then is back on in the next shot, then back off her shoulder again, then off again, and then finally on. See more »

Quotes

Lester Long: Goddamn, Clay. You were going to shoot me, weren't you?
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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 »

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References Fargo (1996) See more »

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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Written by Wallis Willis
Performed by Martin Blasick
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Edgy psychological thriller with great script, comedic touch and strong sound track.
17 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

A story of double-double-cross and serial killing in Montana. From the first shot the film engages and won't let go. Joaquin Phoenix, Janeane Garofalo and Vince Vaughn take us on a trip that's simultaneously entertaining and harrowing.

Great music by John Lurie (aka Lounge Lizard, Down by Law, etc.), and featuring oldies that carry the merciless momentum of the film. Ridley Scott co-produced.Cinematography is evocative of My Own Private Idaho (it was filmed in Utah).

Director David Dobkin has his own strong signature, particularly his deft pulling together of the characters and the light comedy, but there were also elements of Jarmusch and Van Sant. Fine cast and an excellent film.


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