Jonathan Livingston Seagull 1973 G CC

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Based on Richard Bach's bestselling novel, this timeless tale will open your heart to wonder and dare you to dream.

Starring:
James Franciscus, Juliet Mills
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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Genres Drama, Kids & Family
Director Hall Bartlett
Starring James Franciscus, Juliet Mills
Supporting actors Philip Ahn, David Ladd, Kelly Harmon, Dorothy McGuire, Richard Crenna, Hal Holbrook
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Customer Reviews

Great music, great photography..
B. Bennette
When I'm troubled I watch the movie or listen to the cd and remember that it's the striving in life that makes us who we are, not our present problems.
Penny
I feel that this story also helped me to develop strong charisma in my life.
Keith E. Williams

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187 of 194 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hess on June 3, 2002
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It is of course important to mention first off that this is not your standard movie. For a movie going audience conditioned by such spectaculars as Harry Potter, Titanic, Star Wars, and Spider-Man, it would be hard to imagine exactly how this would play out in the theaters today (as I recall, it didn't fair to well back in 1973 either).
All of this doesn't mean this isn't a -good- movie. It contains a lot of sweeping ocean scenery, with of course lots of wonderful footage of seagulls. It also has the great score by Neil Diamond, and then woven throughout this is the original story by Richard Bach. And it is perhaps in that order that this movie exists. It is a relaxing, calming, as well as uplifting (on a very subtle scale) experience. To watch it with the same rapt attention that you might a modern "spectacular", you would no doubt be quickly disappointed and bored. Instead, it should be watched at a time when you just want to relax, no pressing chores calling your name, and no interruptions that you might need to deal with. You might think of this as the closest thing to a full-body massage for the mind, encapsulated in a hour and a half movie.
One caveat however, is that I would recommend that you read the book first, because there are times when exactly what is going on with the seagulls is a little confusing, and difficult to figure out from what happens on-screen.
While I doubt it will ever happen, I would love for this to be released on DVD, it would greatly improve the quality of the video and soundtrack (both copies I've seen of this movie have had an mildly distracting "tracking" problem which results in pops and crackles in the audio), and it would perhaps also allow supplimentary audio tracks with discussions from Richard Bach, Neil Diamond, and perhaps others associated with this film (Hall Barlett, the director died in 1993).
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Penny on December 2, 1999
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This movie is so uplifting! The music and photography are mesmerizing, as well as the messages of striving to reach past your perceived limits to totally new horizons. When I'm troubled I watch the movie or listen to the cd and remember that it's the striving in life that makes us who we are, not our present problems.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Eric Pregosin on October 9, 2001
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The wise words of Jonathan Livingston Seagull live today as well. "You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way." This movie is something the whole family can enjoy. And if you haven't already buy the soundtrack on CD and Richard Bach's book. It's a pleasant dream when you need one. That is one bedtime story I want to wake up to.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Christopher N. Foster on March 3, 2003
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Watching this video to me was a spiritual experience! I really related to that gull. This extremely well done movie reminds me of the deepest parts of myself, still yearning for fulfillment. It also warns strongly against the fear and peer-pressure that so often distract seekers from their highest goals. It is a reminder to each eternal soul that it is still possible to live your vision and find God in yourself.
After finishing this movie I went outside and wept. Am I fulfilling my purpose in life? That dream that I once had of something greater? This movie sings: wake up and live again!
Great music!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Eric Pregosin on September 25, 2007
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The wise words of Jonathan Livingston Seagull live today as well. "You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way." This movie is something the whole family can enjoy. And if you haven't already buy the soundtrack on CD and Richard Bach's book. It's a pleasant dream when you need one. That is one bedtime story I want to wake up to. And for those of you who are going to ask me, "hey didn't you say these exact words when you reviewed the VHS copy?", you better believe it because now we can appreciate Jon's story forever on DVD.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1999
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I love the book, but this is one of the rare times when the film is as good as the book. I don't even mind the differences between the book and the film--and I worship the book! The photography, Neil Diamond exquisite songs--the beauty of them together makes me cry every time I watch it. And not many movies make me cry for any reason!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By DerWeg on December 7, 2004
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Voice over - awful.

Message - Brilliant.

This is a film about an anthropomorphic bird, a seagull who wants to break from the flock's set ways, tiring of the endless meaningless pursuit of mere survival. He wants to learn rather than blindly conform, would risk death in order to truly be alive.

This is an eternal story - the one who wants to understand becomes an outcast, and ultimately comes in contact with the real world. Is there an ethereal inner circle of humanity, guiding us all and helping the few that really need release from this circle of life and death? This story does not deny such a reality.

I was surprised at the depth of this movie, despite its cloying attempts to make us sympathize with the poor bird washed up on the raft of driftwood, freezing in the snow etc. The faux-innocence of Johnathan's dopey voice over makes me want to laugh, but I appreciate the idea and the difficult technical/creative work that went into making this unlikely feature film.

Interestingly 30 years ago SEAGULL ruffled some defensive feathers, challenging common notions of 'heaven' and 'faith' and our innate purpose. The 'mystical' is always a threat, reviled or ridiculed. Here in know-it-all 2005 people seem to think nothing of either faith or mysticism, content to blindly accept the illusions of their life in the Flock of humanity (note in the film the garbage dump the gulls cling to for their swill.) Yet some itch to look beyond, to know what really IS. "The Matrix has you, Neo..."

A good film for the restless seagull.

JK
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