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.
Animation , Drama , Kids & Family
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Paramount Pictures

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James Franciscus
as Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Juliet Mills
as The Girl
Hal Holbrook
as The Elder
Philip Ahn
as Chang
David Ladd
as Fletcher Lynd Seagull
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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 23, 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 22, 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

January 20, 2008

Audience Reviews for Jonathan Livingston Seagull


Neil diamond! that shit was hilarious. no dialogue for the first 10-15 minutes. Just Neil Diamond's wondrous voice.

Jonathon Mitchell
Jonathon Mitchell

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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