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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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More adventure than humanly possible. 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 since its first release has garnered "a huge cult following" according to the film's DVD sleeve notes. See more »


In the diner scene, a truck driver grabs the key card from Howard and asks "What's this, the key to your duck mobile?" Howard never mentions that it is a key and it being a high-tech gadget, does not resemble a key in any way (especially not to a Mid-'80s truck driver). See more »


Beverly: Make yourself at home.
Howard T. Duck: Make myself at home? I wish.
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Referenced in Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) See more »


It Don't Come Cheap
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Performed by Lea Thompson, Holly Robinson Peete (as Holly Robinson), Dominique Davalos and Liz Sagal
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Obvious Huyck and Katz never read the strip.
29 June 2006 | by (Raleigh, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

When I was in college, I regularly laughed my butt off reading S. Clay Wilson's "The Checkered Demon" comics. You see, there was this demon who wore checkered pants, and he got involved in all sorts of gross situations, mostly involving scatological humor, severed limbs and organs, and sexual acts.

Doesn't translate very well, does it? The same thing must have happened when Lucas (or whoever) went to screenwriters Huyck and Katz and asked them to do a treatment of Gerber's "Howard the Duck" strip. H & K apparently had no idea of the type of humor the strip used, or at what demographic it was pitched. The result is a kiddie move that tries hard to be adult in all the wrong ways. The satire and keen observation of the original strip disappear completely. I keep expecting The Goonies to wander in at any moment.

A VERY bad movie, though probably made with good intentions.

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