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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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Cast

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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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A new breed of hero. 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

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

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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Trivia

A clip of this movie is on "The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made" DVD Region 1 NTSC. 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

[Howard is being strip-searched]
Howard T. Duck: On my planet, we never say die, we say... NOT MY SHORTS! You perverts!
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Connections

References Adventures of Superman (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

It Don't Come Cheap
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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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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