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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.



(Marvel comics character: Howard the Duck), , 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard T. Duck (voice)
Tim Rose ...
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 <>

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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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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The movie won Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 9th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1986. See more »


When Howard and Beverly try to exit the diner, the dark overlord prevents them leaving. When he closes the door and moves the plants, and then shoves the furniture in front of the door, you can see thin ropes stretched from the door and across the room. These guide the furniture towards the door. See more »


[last lines]
Howard T. Duck: Not bad for a duck from outer space.
Beverly: You were great, Duckie!
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Referenced in The Sci-Fi Boys (2006) See more »


Duckworld Television Muzak
Written and Produced by Thomas Dolby and John Barry
Performed by the Universal Studios Digital Gratification Consort and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
(song uncredited)
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Roger the Turkey
5 August 2001 | by (Basingstoke England) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately the adult content in this movie makes it entirely unsuitable for the under fives. The only possible audience who might otherwise derive some enjoyment from it.

There are so many fantastic stories that demand a movie, so many actors dying for an opportunity, so many talented directors without the opportunity so how the hell did they end up with this?

Anyone associated with the making of this movie should hang their head in shame. It does not have a single redeeming quality.

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