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Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

A skilled flyer but very rebellious young seagull is kicked out of his clan. However, instead of being sad or lonely, he decides to enjoy and explore his newfound freedom.


Hall Bartlett


Hall Bartlett (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
James Franciscus ... Jonathan Livingston Seagull (voice)
Juliet Mills ... Marina (voice)
Philip Ahn ... Chang (voice)
David Ladd ... Fletcher Lynd Seagull (voice)
Kelly Harmon Kelly Harmon ... Kimmy (voice)
Dorothy McGuire ... Mother (voice)
Richard Crenna ... Father (voice)


Jonathan is sick and tired of the boring life in his sea-gull clan. He rather experiments with new, always more daring flying techniques. Since he doesn't fit in, the elders expel him from the clan. So he sets out to discover the world beyond the horizon in quest for wisdom. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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It's a lifestyle. It's the beauty of love, the joy of freedom. It's the best-selling book. It's Neil Diamond. It's a motion picture. See more »


Drama | Family


G | See all certifications »






Release Date:

23 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Juan Salvador Gaviota See more »


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

JLS Partnership See more »
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Technical Specs


| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was made and released about four years after its source novella of the same name (aka "Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story") by Richard D. Bach had been first published in 1970. See more »


FatherMother: Son, this may not be the best life, but it's all we know.
Jonathan: There's got to be more to life than fighting for fish heads!
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Crazy Credits

Opening dedication: To the real Jonathan Livingston Seagull, who lives within us all. See more »


Referenced in Here's Lucy: Lucy Is a Bird-Sitter (1974) See more »


The Odyssey [Be-Lonely Looking Sky-Dear Father]
Music by Neil Diamond
© 1973 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP) Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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Great Music, Visuals But The Story Is Lame
6 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Great soundtrack, great visuals, somewhat confusing and disappointing storyline.

I always thought this was Neil Diamond's best work. He sang the soundtrack, and it's filled with great songs that he did exceptionally well.

The photography is beautiful and the scenes as mellow as you can find: a seagull gracefully gliding through the air surrounded by beautiful seascapes, sunsets, billowy clouds.....just magnificent scenery.

On the negative side is the usual New Age "look within yourself" theology. This is pure Secular Humanism. I say this because some people thought this was a Christian film and it is not. It only confuses people because there are analogies that could easily apply to Jesus, to the Pharisees and to Heaven itself. It was a bunch of mixed messages but author Richard Bach, from whose book this movie is based on, leaves no doubt near the end of the movie - or the screenwriters did, if they changed his book.

Still, a peaceful, calming movie that is unique.

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