Jonathan Livingston Seagull

1973

Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

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Based on the Richard Bach book, this film explores a utopian vision through the eyes of a rebellious seagull who leaves his flock.

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Cast

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

All Critics (10) | 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.

Dec 11, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
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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.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

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

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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

Feb 22, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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.'

Jan 23, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

Jan 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
Randy Tippy

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