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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard T. Duck (voice)
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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


For her 1980s-style look, Lea Thompson (Beverly) had to have her hair styled for about two hours each day. She admitted later that she was not very happy about the treatment and that she should have worn a wig instead. See more »


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 »


Dr. Jenning: [setting fire to the diner] If you can't take the heat, get out of that kitchen!
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Howard the Duck
Written by Thomas Dolby, Ailee Wills 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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A King among bad movies
20 September 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

There are certain movies you cannot die happy without having seen them at least once. "Casablanca", "The Wizard of OZ", the "Star Wars" Trilogy...

And, if you are a connoisseur of bad movies as I am, you must add to the above list the one, the only, "Howard the Duck".

Now this is, hands down, one of the stupidest ducking (groan) movies ever made. On the other hand, if you have a soft spot for bad movies, it doesn't get much better than this. It is absolutely insane. And it isn't nearly as bad as "Theodore Rex"!

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