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Howard the Duck (1986)

A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop a hellish alien invasion with the help of a nerdy scientist and a cute struggling female rock singer who fancies him.

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(Marvel comics character: Howard the Duck), | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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Howard T. Duck (voice)
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Steve Sleap ...
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Peter Baird ...
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Mary Wells ...
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Lisa Sturz ...
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Liz Sagal ...
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K.C., Cherry Bomb (as Holly Robinson)
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Storyline

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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You will believe that a duck can talk. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 August 1986 (USA)  »

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Howard  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,070,136 (USA) (3 August 1986)

Gross:

$16,295,774 (USA)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Popular vocalist Tori Amos auditioned for the part of Beverly Switzler, eventually played by Lea Thompson. See more »

Goofs

The shape of Howard's head changes throughout the movie, depending on whether he's being portrayed by an actor in a suit, or as an animatronic puppet (his head is larger to accommodate the actor inside the suit when it's done that way; his head is narrower when it's just a puppet). See more »

Quotes

Beverly: I'm sorry I'm so nervous. It's just that I've never been around a... Um, I mean, I've never even had any pets or anything, you know. They seem like such a hassle - you know, feeding 'em, cleaning up their little poo-poos, and...
Howard T. Duck: I'll try to be careful.
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Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Scary Godmother (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Howard the Duck
Written by Thomas Dolby, Allee Willis and George Clinton
Performed by Lea Thompson, Holly Robinson Peete (as Holly Robinson), Dominique Davalos,
Liz Sagal, Thomas Dolby and George Clinton
Produced by Thomas Dolby
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User Reviews

It's not that terrible! Really!
21 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Howard the Duck" was a critical and commercial failure when it was first released in the summer of 1986. Since that time, the movie has become synonymous with one word: BOMB. However, while it is not a very good film, I feel "Howard the Duck" is not nearly as bad as many people seem to believe.

How can you dislike a film about a midget duck from another planet who (with the help of Lea Thompson and her gigantic '80s hair) saves Earth from impending doom? Not only that, but the menace threatening Earth is the Dark Overlord of the Universe, an evil force that has invaded the body of Jeffery Jones! "Howard the Duck" is one of those movies that is enjoyable in a mindless way. It is by no means classic cinema, but if you are in the right frame of mind, it is very fun to watch.

And don't miss the musical number at the end, when Howard and the cast do the "duck waddle"!


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