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Paulie (1998)

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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Benny / Paulie (voice)
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Ruby / Lupe (voice)
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Peter Basch ...
Graduate Student #1
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Graduate Student #2
Hal Robinson ...
Grandpa
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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 <lodger13@iwl.net>

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girl | russian | janitor | parrot | thief | See All (65) »

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single parrot. See more »


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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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17 April 1998 (USA)  »

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Polly, a Parrot's Tail  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,369,800, 19 April 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,008,669, 16 August 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Animal stunt coordinator Boone Narr arranged seven separate bird casting calls, involving over 38 species. Blue-crown Conure parrots were deemed best, and 14 of them were used in the production, different birds with different personalities fitting into different scenes. For scenes that were too dangerous for the live parrots, or needed complex facial expressions in close-ups, an animatronic Paulie created at the Stan Winston Studio was used. See more »

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In various different scenes, Paulie's wings are seen to be clipped. Any scenes where he isn't flying, his primary feathers have been clipped, you can see when he opens his wings out. Later in the film they say they are clipping his primary feathers but up until then, he is supposed to have had unclipped wings. See more »

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[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 Scary Movie 2 (2001) See more »

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Stayin' Alive
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees (as Bee Gees)
Courtesy of PolyGram International Music B.V.
By arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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A pleasant surprise
4 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

I'm no fan of newer movies, but this one was a real pleasure to watch. Adults and children could watch it together - how unusual! My aunt liked it, too. It had laughter, tears, love, adventure, special effects, good actors - and a talking parrot. It reminded me of a favourite, The Wizard of Oz. The hero, Paulie, an intelligent parrot, is separated from his home and family and goes through many adventures, temptations and disappointments, always keeping in mind his resolution to find his friend, Marie. Highly recommended.


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