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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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Storyline

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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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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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Marie's father jokingly called Paulie "Professor", Jay Mohr (The voice of Paulie) plays a Professor named Rick Payne in the t.v. series Ghost Whisperer (2005-2010) See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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The Letter
Written by Wayne Carson Thompson (as Wayne Carson)
Performed by The Box Tops
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Paulie you're the man!!!
17 January 1999 | by (New york, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I was very surprised with this film. I was touched with the lives that paulie touched along his way to find his "marie" the little girl he was separated from. The humor was also very good and it did not hurt the story as i thought it would probably do. Actually i was expecting "paulie wants a cracker" jokes to hurt this film but even that was done in a very humorous scene that turns very touching when paulie is in the research lab press room conference. So if you wish to see a good "animal that talks" film check this one out, much better than Dr. DOLITTLE in my opinion. PAULIE also has a surprised twist in the end that is done very nicely as well.


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