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The Real Macaw (1998)

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An ancient talking macaw named Mac becomes the saving grace for an elderly man threatened with a nursing home, when it is discovered that the talking bird knows the whereabouts of a buried ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Croft ...
Sam Girdis
Beth Girdis
Joe Petruzzi ...
Rick Girdis
Dr. Lance Hagen
Grandpa Girdis
Mac (voice)
Gerry Connolly ...
Lou Rickets
Mr. St. John
Petra Yared ...
Kathy Girdis
Nathan Kotzur ...
Kevin Hides ...
Businessman on Plane
Penny Everingham ...
Nurse Gimlet
Dr. Thompson
Daniel Murphy ...
Pet Store Owner
Anna-Maria La Spina ...
Museum Receptionist (as Anna Maria La Spina)


An ancient talking macaw named Mac becomes the saving grace for an elderly man threatened with a nursing home, when it is discovered that the talking bird knows the whereabouts of a buried treasure from its days with a pirate. His grandson decides to go off on the hunt only to discover that a resort now exists where the treasure is buried. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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An ancient legend. A buried treasure. One amazing talking bird holds the key to both. See more »


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Release Date:

24 September 1998 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Coco le perroquet qui en savait trop  »

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AUD 5,000,000 (estimated)

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Four separate birds played the role of "Mac". See more »


Mac: Stop repeating everything I say. I'm the parrot!
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Parrot Owners And Young Kids Will Like It
8 January 2004 | by (Austin, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is a children's movie; it's cheap, quick, made-in-Australia Discovery-channel-family-movie type fare, so set your expectations accordingly. It's not realistic, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, the budget is small and the production schedule is short. It's not "Babe". From that point of view the movie is enjoyable to watch. Jason Robards is obviously having way too much fun in his role. The animal direction is pretty good as well, and my hat's off to the macaw wrangler. The bird has all the best lines, of course, but John Goodman's stereotypical "rawwk, phwee-phyoo" overdub just made me roll my eyes ( though not as insulting as the smartass Brooklyn accent they used for Paulie...). The one point I found really outstanding about the film is the macaw puppet used in many scenes; it is very realistic when still, or talking in medium or long shots. A puppet was also used instead of CGI for many of the flying scenes. Owning a blue-and-gold macaw myself, I was quite impressed at this ingenuity on such a small budget. Watch it with your kids, watch it with your bird, set your expectations accordingly and enjoy.

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