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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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(Marvel comics character: Howard the Duck), | 1 more credit »
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5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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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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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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laser | duck | planet | alien | singer | See All (89) »

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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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1 August 1986 (USA)  »

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Howard  »

Box Office

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$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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Trivia

According to Halliwells, the picture was "toned down from an adult comic strip". See more »

Goofs

Palm trees in Cleveland, Ohio. See more »

Quotes

Carter: This relationship - it defies all the laws of nature.
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Soundtracks

Don't Turn Away (Reprise)
Written by Thomas Dolby and Allee Wills
Performed by Lea Thompson, Holly Robinson Peete (as Holly Robinson), Dominique Davalos and Liz Sagal
Produced by Thomas Dolby
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Outstanding Cult Comic + George Lucas = Awful Movie
8 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The best "continuing story" comic strip of the past 20 years was, in my opinion, Howard the Duck. This brooding film noir-type comic had us sneaking outside work every day at 3:30 for the Washington Evening Star just for this 3-panel strip. Howard just was not happy to find himself trapped on Earth, in Cleveland, living in a slum and interacting with his sexually useless (being human rather than fowl) girl friend Beverly. Like Groucho Marx with a bad hangover, Howard's continual rants about his rotten situation made a great comic strip. Along comes executive producer George Lucas, who strips away every single thing that provided Howard with character, and makes him nice; worse he makes him cute. Gag! If that weren't bad enough, the film has Howard and the Lea Thompson character engaging in post-sex afterglow --- thus advocating human with animal sex and spitting on the Judeo Christian ethic, for the sake of an unfunny site gag. This film is now George Lucas' dirty-little-secret; a part of his legacy; and worse than any of the last 3 Star Wars movies. Boo! Hiss!


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