The Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker


1h 27m 1970

Film Details

Also Known As
Pigeons
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 21 Oct 1970
Production Company
Saturn Pictures
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.; Plaza Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker by David Boyer (New York, 1968).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color

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 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.

Film Details

Also Known As
Pigeons
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 21 Oct 1970
Production Company
Saturn Pictures
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.; Plaza Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker by David Boyer (New York, 1968).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

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.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall November 1970

Released in United States Fall November 1970