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Howard the Duck (1986)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  1 August 1986 (USA)
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A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop an alien invader.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard T. Duck (voice)
Steve Sleap ...
Peter Baird ...
Mary Wells ...
Lisa Sturz ...
Liz Sagal ...
Ronette, Cherry Bomb
Cal, Cherry Bomb
K.C., Cherry Bomb (as Holly Robinson)


A scientific experiment unknowingly brings extraterrestrial life forms to the Earth through a laser beam. First is the cigar smoking drake Howard from the duck's planet. A few kids try to keep him from the greedy scientists and help him back to his planet. But then a much less friendly being arrives through the beam... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Trapped in a world he never made. See more »


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Release Date:

1 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Howard, el superhéroe  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


$16,295,774 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chip Zien was cast as the voice of Howard after filming was completed. During filming, puppeteer Tim Rose spoke Howard's lines through a microphone. See more »


In the diner scene, when Howard is levitated and spun around near the ceiling by Dr. Jenning, the shadow reveals a pole reaching from the ceiling to Howard to achieve this effect. See more »


Howard T. Duck: Bev, I am not a real sentimental guy.
Beverly: No. I bet you were born from a very hard-boiled egg, Duckie.
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


Don't Turn Away
Written by Thomas Dolby and Ailee Wills
Performed and Produced by Thomas Dolby
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One word review: ugh
3 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like bad movies. No--I LOVE bad movies. They're fun to make fun of, good fun to watch. I mean, come on, I OWN copies of both 'Manos - The Hands of Fate' and 'Gigli,' both of which I rather enjoy. Enough said.

I rented 'Howard the Duck' expecting it to be bad. Just the way I like 'em.

I am flabbergasted to say that it fell far below my lowest possible expectations.

Bad acting, but with Lea Thompson in the picture you can't expect too much. I was quite disappointed with Tim Robbins, at least HE should have been more capable. Jeffrey Jones puts in the best performance of the film as far as I'm concerned, but that's not saying much.

Howard himself? Even given the limited capabilities of 1986 Hollywood, I still was shocked at how laughably ridiculous he looked.

Special effects? Nothing special. Lots of other movies from this era have better (or worse) special effects and are more worth watching.

To be brief, everything you heard about 'Howard the Duck' is true. Forget 'Manos' and 'Monster A Go-Go' and the other movies in IMDb's bottom 100. Those are all classics. As far as I'm concerned, 'Howard' is at the bottom of the stack, and not in a good way, either.

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