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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The Bird is the Word See more »

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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Buddy Hackett's final appearance in a theatrical film. See more »


When driving to Los Angeles with Ivy, Paulie says that the largest desert is at the north pole when in fact the largest desert is Antarctica which is at the south pole. 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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Referenced in Flushed Away (2006) See more »


Written by Randy Newman
Performed by Jay Mohr
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A touching film for viewers of all ages.
16 April 2000 | by (Logan, Utah) – See all my reviews

The story of a talking parrot and the adventures he has while trying to return to the little girl he misses. This movie is an adventure of the heart which will take the viewer through the full gamut of feelings from soul-rending desperation to bone-tingling joy.

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