The Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker (1970)

106 mins | Comedy | 1970

Director:

John Dexter

Writer:

Ron Whyte

Producer:

Richard Lewis

Cinematographer:

Urs Furrer

Editor:

John Oettinger

Production Designer:

Manny Gerard

Production Company:

Saturn Pictures
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HISTORY

Filmed in New York City. Actor Peter Link is also known as Riggs O'Hara. Shortly after the film's initial 1970 showings, distribution rights were sold by M-G-M to Plaza Pictures, who shortened the running length to 87 min and changed its title to Pigeons ... More Less

Filmed in New York City. Actor Peter Link is also known as Riggs O'Hara. Shortly after the film's initial 1970 showings, distribution rights were sold by M-G-M to Plaza Pictures, who shortened the running length to 87 min and changed its title to Pigeons . More Less

CAST
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CREDITED AS
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DIRECTORS
Asst dir
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Assoc prod
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Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
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Film ed
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Set dec
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MAKEUP
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker by David Boyer (New York, 1968).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Freedom Song" and "Faces of You," composer undetermined, sung by Warren Marley.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Pigeons
Premiere Information:
San Francisco opening: 21 October 1970
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
print by Movielab
Duration(in mins):
106
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Three years after graduating from Princeton, disillusioned Jonathan is driving a Manhattan taxicab and expressing his disgust with the world by insulting his obnoxious passengers and kicking pigeons in Riverside Park. His circle of acquaintances includes Winslow Smith, a motorcycle-riding, leather-jacketed, self-styled rebel, whose image is undermined by the fact that at 24 he is still a virgin; Oliver, a homosexual interior decorator who stages elaborate parties and tries, unsuccessfully, to seduce his male guests; and Jennifer, a 21-year-old tenant in Jonathan's building, whose sojourn in New York City to "find herself" is being subsidized by her parents. While attending one of Oliver's wild soirees, Jonathan is accosted by a nymphomaniacal former bedmate, Naomi, who drags him into the bathroom, strips off her clothes, and invites him to join her in the fur-lined tub. Instead, he returns to his apartment, visits Jennifer, and explains why he must maintain emotional detachment. Jennifer, however, is such an understanding listener that she and Jonathan are soon making love. At Christmas, Jonathan takes Jennifer to spend the holidays in Darien, Connecticut, with his suburbanite parents--a possessive and petulant mother and a potentially alcoholic stepfather. But his mother angrily discovers Jonathan and Jennifer nude in the bed, and after a seasonal party leads to further generation gap warfare Jonathan and Jennifer abruptly return to the city. Although drawn to Jennifer, Jonathan is soured by the prospects of married life and is even becoming increasingly apathetic toward his friends. One night, attempting to explain his disenchantment to Jennifer, he enters her apartment and finds her in bed with Winslow. Shattered, Jonathan dazedly drives his cab through the city until finally, in a rage, he plunges ... +


Three years after graduating from Princeton, disillusioned Jonathan is driving a Manhattan taxicab and expressing his disgust with the world by insulting his obnoxious passengers and kicking pigeons in Riverside Park. His circle of acquaintances includes Winslow Smith, a motorcycle-riding, leather-jacketed, self-styled rebel, whose image is undermined by the fact that at 24 he is still a virgin; Oliver, a homosexual interior decorator who stages elaborate parties and tries, unsuccessfully, to seduce his male guests; and Jennifer, a 21-year-old tenant in Jonathan's building, whose sojourn in New York City to "find herself" is being subsidized by her parents. While attending one of Oliver's wild soirees, Jonathan is accosted by a nymphomaniacal former bedmate, Naomi, who drags him into the bathroom, strips off her clothes, and invites him to join her in the fur-lined tub. Instead, he returns to his apartment, visits Jennifer, and explains why he must maintain emotional detachment. Jennifer, however, is such an understanding listener that she and Jonathan are soon making love. At Christmas, Jonathan takes Jennifer to spend the holidays in Darien, Connecticut, with his suburbanite parents--a possessive and petulant mother and a potentially alcoholic stepfather. But his mother angrily discovers Jonathan and Jennifer nude in the bed, and after a seasonal party leads to further generation gap warfare Jonathan and Jennifer abruptly return to the city. Although drawn to Jennifer, Jonathan is soured by the prospects of married life and is even becoming increasingly apathetic toward his friends. One night, attempting to explain his disenchantment to Jennifer, he enters her apartment and finds her in bed with Winslow. Shattered, Jonathan dazedly drives his cab through the city until finally, in a rage, he plunges off the docks into the river. Recovering in the intensive care unit of a hospital, Jonathan is visited by his friends as well as by Jennifer, who pleads for a second chance to demonstrate her love. Instead Jonathan slips out of the hospital, packs his bags, and boards a train for Des Moines, Iowa. There he plans to drive a truck and continue his isolated existence of thumbing his nose at the world. +

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