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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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Howard T. Duck (voice)
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Steve Sleap ...
Peter Baird ...
Mary Wells ...
Lisa Sturz ...
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Liz Sagal ...
Ronette, Cherry Bomb
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Cal, Cherry Bomb
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K.C., Cherry Bomb (as Holly Robinson)
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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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Trapped in a world he never made. See more »


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1 August 1986 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,295,774 (USA)
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Trivia

Much of John Barry's soundtrack for the film went unused, after producer Gloria Katz deemed it to be too old-fashioned and lacking in energy. Sylvester Levay was hired to rescore much of the film, including nearly the entire final third act. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 11 mins) During the diner scene when the Overlord levitates and begins spinning Howard, the rope was edited out, but the shadow of the rope used to suspend the actor is still visible. See more »

Quotes

Skin Head: [notices Howard] I've been doing too much toot!
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Soundtracks

Anxiety Montage
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Written by Carl W. Stalling and Raymond Scott
Performed by the Carl Stalling Project
Original recording produced by Leon Schlesinger and Chuck Jones
1986 mix produced by Hal Willner for Deep Creek Productions and Greg Ford
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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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