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Howard the Duck (1986)

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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Release Date:

1 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Howard  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


$16,295,774 (USA)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rob Paulsen and Townsend Coleman auditioned for the voice of Howard. See more »


During the diner scene when Dr. Walter Jenning (while being the Dark Lord) sends the man through the window with his energy and the guy lands on a car, you can see that a wire that is attached to the guy. See more »


[Howard is being strip-searched]
Howard T. Duck: On my planet, we never say die, we say... NOT MY SHORTS! You perverts!
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Featured in Good Bad Flicks: Howard the Duck (2014) See more »


Duckworld Television Muzak
Written and Produced by Thomas Dolby and John Barry
Performed by the Universal Studios Digital Gratification Consort and San Francisco Symphony as The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra)
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A King among bad movies
20 September 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

There are certain movies you cannot die happy without having seen them at least once. "Casablanca", "The Wizard of OZ", the "Star Wars" Trilogy...

And, if you are a connoisseur of bad movies as I am, you must add to the above list the one, the only, "Howard the Duck".

Now this is, hands down, one of the stupidest ducking (groan) movies ever made. On the other hand, if you have a soft spot for bad movies, it doesn't get much better than this. It is absolutely insane. And it isn't nearly as bad as "Theodore Rex"!

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