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Howard the Duck (1986)

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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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Howard T. Duck (voice)
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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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A new breed of hero. See more »


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1 August 1986 (USA)  »

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Howard - ein tierischer Held  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,295,774 (USA)
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In a recent Twitter comment, actress Lea Thompson advises she still has the Les Paul guitar she played in her songs with "Cherry Bomb" and sometimes still plays it. See more »

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When Howard is in Beverly's apartment for the second time he starts a rhythm and bass sequence on one of the gadgets in the apartment to play along with. The machine that produces the rhythm and bass is actually a Roland TR-707 Rhythm Composer which produces a different kind of drum sound (more electronic) and can't produce any bass sounds at all. It is also not capable of sending out MIDI data to drive external equipment like the synthesizer in the apartment to produce the bass sound. See more »

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Phil Blumburtt: Howard, in prehistoric times you flew. Fly, Howard! Find your instincts, trust your birdness, FLY!
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Referenced in Family Guy: Stuck Together, Torn Apart (2002) See more »

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Hunger City
Written by Thomas Dolby and Ailee Wills
Performed by Lea Thompson, Holly Robinson Peete (as Holly Robinson), Dominique Davalos and Liz Sagal
Produced by Thomas Dolby
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Cult Silliness
10 January 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While watching TV, the humanoid duck Howard (Ed Gale) is dragged from his planet to an alley in Cleveland through a mysterious force. He befriends the rock-'n-roll singer Beverly Switzler (Lea Thompson), who introduces him to the clumsy scientist assistant Phil Blumburtt (Tim Robbins). Howard gets in many troubles until Phil brings his colleague Dr. Walter Jenning (Jeffrey Jones) that explains him that he was accidentally pushed through a laser beam of his experiment in Alpha-Centauri, and he proposes to revert the beam to return Howard to his planet. However, Dr. Jenning is possessed by the demon Dark Overlords that has also come from the outer space. When Beverly is kidnapped by the Dark Overlords that needs energy to bring other demons to Earth, Howard and Phil join forces to rescue Beverly and save our planet.

The underrated "Howard the Duck" is a cult silliness from the 80's. The anti-hero Howard is cool and it is funny to see Tim Robbins in the beginning of his career performing a clumsy scientist and Lea Thompson in a sweet role singing many songs in her early career. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Howard, O Super-Herói" ("Howard, the Super-Hero")


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