Clay Pigeons (1998)

R   |    |  Comedy, Crime

Clay Pigeons (1998) Poster

After hearing that his wife sleeps with Clay, Earl kills himself, making it look like Clay shot him. The widow doesn't like it when Clay starts sees another woman instead. Bodies start piling up.




  • Georgina Cates in Clay Pigeons (1998)
  • Vince Vaughn in Clay Pigeons (1998)
  • Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix in Clay Pigeons (1998)
  • Scott Wilson in Clay Pigeons (1998)
  • Joaquin Phoenix in Clay Pigeons (1998)
  • David Dobkin in Clay Pigeons (1998)

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2 March 2001 | tripwires
| How strange...
Clay Pigeons is, to put it mildly, a very strange movie. That could be just me though, as this is the first dark comedy I've seen. Despite that I had fun watching it, from the first scene (which, by the way, gives you an awesome view of Joaquin Phoenix's beautiful eyes) up till the very last. Joaquin Phoenix, once again, delivered a memorable performance as Clay. He said his lines with conviction and the right amount of emotions at the right places. I don't know if Vince Vaughn was supposed to be hilarious but he cracked me up. I don't fancy Vince much but I like him in this movie. The plot is pretty unpredictable, and even though it doesn't grip your heart with tension it will maintain your interest until the very end cause you'll be dying to find out what happens to Clay.

Overall this film is definitely worth a watch.

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Ryan Christopher Mouritsen (Pizza Delivery Kid) and Assistant Director Michael S. Hennessey were both from Salt Lake City, Utah. As there were several thriving entertainment professionals in Salt Lake City, Utah, this film helped many of them to find work in the film. In Ryan's case, his dad even drove along to be at the movie set to see his son starting his full-time career of being involved in television and motion pictures. Ryan permanently moved to Hollywood after being in this film. He had also graduated from the four-year program of the "Professional Actors Conservatory of Salt Lake City" and moving west was part of his dream. This film only had a brief appearance for Ryan, but it helped to forge his professional ambitions that he continued until he passed away in February 2009 due to an aviation crash in Torrance, California.


Sheriff Mooney: This is a nice guy.
Reynard: They're all nice guys.


When Clay is being interrogated for the first time, and he is asked if he was just friends with Amanda, he sits with nothing in his hands or mouth. When he answers "no" a second later, he has a cigarette in his mouth and matches in his hand.

Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits Lester Long says "You gotta good sense of humor, I like that" and does his bizarre laugh.

Alternate Versions

Dutch video version oddly has all expletives erased or edited. Shot of naked corpse floating in water has been censored.


Why Baby Why
Written by Billy Vaughn and
Beasley Smith
Performed by Pat Boone
Courtesy of MCA Records


Plot Summary


Comedy | Crime

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$167,364 27 September 1998

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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