Jonathan Livingston Seagull (film)

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a 1973 American film directed by Hall Bartlett, adapted from the novella of the same name by Richard Bach. The film tells the story of a young seabird who, after being cast out by his stern flock, goes on an odyssey to discover how to break the limits of his own flying speed. The film was produced by filming actual seagulls, then superimposing human dialogue over it. The film's voice actors included James Franciscus in the title role, and Philip Ahn as his mentor, Chang.

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  • You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now - and nothing can stand in your way!
  • Listen, everybody! There's no limit to how high we can fly! We can dive for fish and never have to live on garbage again!
  • I only wish to share what I've learned - the very simple fact that it is right for a gull to fly!


  • To fly as fast as thought to anywhere that is now - you begin by knowing that you have already arrived...
  • Perfect speed isn't moving fast at all; perfect speed is being there.
  • I am a perfect expression of freedom, here and now.

The Elder[edit]

  • [banishing Jonathan from the flock] You are henceforth and forever outcast!


Father/Mother: 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.


  • Everyone's Book Is Now Everyone's Motion Picture.
  • 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.

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