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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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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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Trapped in a world he never made. 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)

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$16,295,774 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the film aired on the TV3 channel in New Zealand on 31st August 1997. During the sequence which Howard and Phil are chased by the police on their aircraft. A text appeared across the screen announcing that there was about to be an important newsflash and that Princess Diana had died. Princess Diana Spencer and her companion Dodi Fayed were killed in a tragic car accident in Paris, when the film aired on TV3. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 11 mins) During the diner scene when the Overlord levitates and begins spinning Howard, the rope was edited out, but the shadow of the rope used to suspend the actor is still visible. See more »

Quotes

Postcard: Dear Howard, Having a miserable vacation. I miss you - I miss your bill pressed against mine. Flying home soon. Love, Michelle
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Connections

Referenced in Little Britain: Episode #2.6 (2004) 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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Obvious Huyck and Katz never read the strip.
29 June 2006 | by (Raleigh, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

When I was in college, I regularly laughed my butt off reading S. Clay Wilson's "The Checkered Demon" comics. You see, there was this demon who wore checkered pants, and he got involved in all sorts of gross situations, mostly involving scatological humor, severed limbs and organs, and sexual acts.

Doesn't translate very well, does it? The same thing must have happened when Lucas (or whoever) went to screenwriters Huyck and Katz and asked them to do a treatment of Gerber's "Howard the Duck" strip. H & K apparently had no idea of the type of humor the strip used, or at what demographic it was pitched. The result is a kiddie move that tries hard to be adult in all the wrong ways. The satire and keen observation of the original strip disappear completely. I keep expecting The Goonies to wander in at any moment.

A VERY bad movie, though probably made with good intentions.


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