Say Goodbye (film)

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Say Goodbye
Directed by David H. Vowell
Produced by Warren Bush
Joan Meyerson
Kenneth E. Stager
David H. Vowell
Written by David H. Vowell
Narrated by Rod McKuen
Cinematography Allen Daviau
Edited by John F. Link
Release date
  • January 8, 1971 (1971-01-08)
Running time
52 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Say Goodbye is a 1971 American documentary film about the relationship between man and nature, directed by David H. Vowell. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1]

It was narrated by poet Rod McKuen, and sponsored by the Ralston-Purina Corporation for its initial broadcast. The theme song, "Say Goodbye," was composed and performed by Dory Previn. The show depicted the plight of various animal species at the hands of man and his influence. Some segments included the clubbing of seals on the Pribilof Islands, the effect of DDT on brown pelican populations in Texas, and the plight of severely endangered animals.

In one segment, various species were shown, with the narration reciting how many animals were left in the world. Included were black footed ferrets, prairie chickens, and many more. One was the Japanese Crested Ibis. A small flock of the bright white birds was seen from overhead against the backdrop of a beautiful, verdant forest. The narrator said, "there are 11 left in the world; you are seeing eight of them." In the decades since, a Chinese effort to preserve the species has resulted in about a fifteen-fold increase in their population.

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  1. ^ "NY Times: Say Goodbye". NY Times. Retrieved November 12, 2008. 

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