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Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

Jonathan Livingston Seagull




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Hal Bartlett co-wrote and directed this film curiosity, based on Richard Bach's best-selling fable, featuring an overbearing music score by Neil Diamond. The story begins as a flock of seagulls are pecking at the garbage left by a boat that has dumped a bunch of fish heads in the surf. One of the seagulls, Jonathan (voice of James Franciscus), would rather leave his life of garbage-picking and fly high in the sky to see other parts of the earth. Jonathan leaves the flock and flies around the world. He travels so far that he reaches an aviary heaven, where he meets Maureen Seagull (voice of Juliet Mills). Maureen introduces Jonathan to new experiences, and Jonathan returns to the flock to tell them the news. The other seagulls scorn him, but then they take notice when he heals a seagull that has died. Then the entire flock greets him as "the Son of the Great Gull."more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Richard D. Bach, Richard Bach, Hall Bartlett
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 2, 2007
Paramount Pictures


James Franciscus
as Jonathan Livingston ...
Juliet Mills
as The Girl
Hal Holbrook
as The Elder
David Ladd
as Fletcher Lynd Seagul...
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Critic Reviews for Jonathan Livingston Seagull

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Now there's nothing wrong with uplift, except that exhortations customarily are banal. That is, the end is nearly destroyed by the means.

Full Review… | December 11, 2007
Top Critic

Richard Bach's best-selling parable for freshmen becomes on screen a very spelled-out allegory, complete with flat voice-overs and pretentious Neil Diamond soundtrack.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This has got to be the biggest pseudocultural, would-be metaphysical ripoff of the year.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Visually uneven, this film captures only partially the spirit of the best seller upon which it is based.

Full Review… | February 22, 2012

The cinematic equivalent of that girl you might have met circa 1973 who insisted that the dog that just evacuated his bowels on your sidewalk was 'expressing his creativity.'

Full Review… | January 23, 2008
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Bartlett's background as a documentary film-maker is an advantage for a film that doesn't require any actors but a liability when it comes to adapting Bach's fiction

Full Review… | January 20, 2008

Audience Reviews for Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Hall Bartlett's attempt to bring this beloved novel to the big screen misses the mark. I fully expect Pixar to take a stab at this someday, hopefully with much better results.

Randy Tippy

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