Paulie (1998)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  17 April 1998 (USA)
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Paulie, a talking parrot, recounts his travels looking for his original owner to a Russian janitor who helps him to the end of his journey.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benny / Paulie (voice)
Ruby / Lupe (voice)
Laura Harrington ...
Peter Basch ...
Hal Robinson ...


Paulie, an intelligent parrot who actually talks, relates the story of his struggle to a Russian immigrant who works as a janitor at the research institute where he is housed and neglected. Paulies story begins many years earlier when he is given as a gift to a little girl who stutters. Eventually, he teaches the girl to speak correctly but is taken away by her father because he believes the girl cannot distinguish fantasy from reality because she believes the bird can talk. Paulie goes through a series of adventures with a pawn shop owner, an ageing widow, a Mexican-American troubadour and a would be thief before being taken to the institute where he now lives. Written by <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Polly, a Parrot's Tail  »

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Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,369,800 (USA) (17 April 1998)


$27,008,669 (USA) (14 August 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Buddy Hackett auditioned to do the voice of Paulie, but lost to Jay Mohr who did an impression of Buddy Hackett. Buddy Hackett does appear in the film in a small role as Artie, the Pawn Broker, and during his scene Jay Mohr also appears in person as Benny. See more »


When Marie and her mother are hugging each other after Marie says, "Cup" while struggling, you can see that Paulie pooped on the table. See more »


[first lines]
[Misha reports for work, it is dark and raining]
Virgil the Janitor: The agency told you you had to pay for your own uniforms, right ?
Misha: Yes, I to buy with money from job.
Virgil the Janitor: No, no, no. You can't start the job without a uniform.
Misha: But how to buy when not been paid ?
Virgil the Janitor: You don't have any money ?
Misha: No. This is why I take job. To make money. This is why I come to America. To be a big shoot.
Virgil the Janitor: Shot. Big shot.
Misha: I try not to live in past, only present tense since I come to America.
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Spoofed in Scary Movie 2 (2001) See more »


Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Jay Mohr
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A heartwarming, feel good film!
16 January 2004 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

Paulie is a "feel good" film about the life of an amazing parrot and the lives he touches. He starts out as the friend of a young girl, then lives with a dying woman, an Hispanic performer and a con man. He finally winds up as the subject of experiments at a laboratory, where he is befriended by an introverted Russian immigrant, played by the wonderful Tony Shalhoub. I won't give away the end of the film, but it'll bring tears to your eyes. You won't believe you are crying about a parrot! A nice little movie that'll make you laugh and cry and give you a feeling of hope!

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