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Howard the Duck (1986)

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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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Howard T. Duck (voice)
Tim Rose ...
Steve Sleap ...
Peter Baird ...
Mary Wells ...
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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 more »

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


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1 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Howard - ein tierischer Held  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,295,774 (USA)
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Trivia

Due to the movie's disastrous box-office performance stateside, the film's title was changed from "Howard the Duck" to "Howard: A New Breed of Hero" for the movie's release in various non-US foreign territories such as the UK and Australia. See more »

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In the diner scene, when Howard is levitated and spun around near the ceiling by Dr. Jenning, the shadow reveals a pole reaching from the ceiling to Howard to achieve this effect. See more »

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[Howard is being strip-searched]
Howard T. Duck: On my planet, we never say die, we say... NOT MY SHORTS!
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Don't Turn Away (Reprise)
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Performed by Lea Thompson, Holly Robinson Peete (as Holly Robinson), Dominique Davalos and Liz Sagal
Produced by Thomas Dolby
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Aren't B-Movies fun?
16 June 1999 | by (upper peninsula, michigan) – See all my reviews

Aren't B-Movies fun?

Wait a second ... this isn't a B-Movie! George Lucas wouldn't sign his name to a low-budget piece of tripe, would he? Well, he did.

If you're actually looking for a good piece of cinema, stop right here. However, if the words 'talking alien duck' cause bells to ring in your mind, read on.

Yes, it's a B-Movie. It's a high budget, professionally made one, but it's as bad as most other B-Movies. But, it's also one of the funniest things I've seen in quite a while. Sure, it gets boring, but look at the concept: A TALKING ALIEN DUCK! What more can I say?

So, if you have a twisted sense of humour and have already been drawn in by my one real summary (A TALKING ALIEN DUCK), then check this movie out. You'll enjoy it. But, if you're not a fan of bad eighties movies stick with Star Wars or Indiana Jones, movies that Lucas probably actually cared about.


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