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The Real Macaw -- 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.


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Bruce Hancock (screenplay) &
Matthew Perry (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 September 1998 (Australia) See more »
An ancient legend. A buried treasure. One amazing talking bird holds the key to both. See more »
An ancient talking macaw named Mac becomes the saving grace for an elderly man threatened with a nursing home... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Good family fun See more (9 total) »


  (in credits order)
Jamie Croft ... Sam Girdis

Deborra-Lee Furness ... Beth Girdis
Joe Petruzzi ... Rick Girdis

John Waters ... Dr. Lance Hagen

Jason Robards ... Grandpa Girdis

John Goodman ... Mac (voice)
Gerry Connolly ... Lou Rickets

Robert Coleby ... Mr. St. John

Petra Yared ... Kathy Girdis
Nathan Kotzur ... Scarlatta
Kevin Hides ... Businessman on Plane
Penny Everingham ... Nurse Gimlet
Murray Shoring ... Dr. Thompson
Daniel Murphy ... Pet Store Owner
Anna-Maria La Spina ... Museum Receptionist (as Anna Maria La Spina)
Steven Collins ... Real Estate Agent
Deborah Glover ... Ticket Clerk
Siobhan Lawless ... Ticket Clerk
Simon Chan ... Phillip
Tony Bishop ... Man on Motorbike
Don Frizzel ... Island Policeman
Frank Frost ... Island Taxi Driver
Nerissa Pappas ... Girl on Beach
Sara Smeeton ... Girl on Beach
Danny D'Costa ... Maitre d'
Arvine Quizon ... Waiter
David Vallon ... Headmaster
Greg Richardson ... Orderly
Peter Moore ... Orderly
Josie Licuanan ... Flight Attentant
Catherine Miller ... News Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tango ... Mac

Directed by
Mario Andreacchio 
Writing credits
Bruce Hancock (screenplay) &
Matthew Perry (screenplay)

Produced by
Richard Becker .... executive producer
Rocky Bester .... co-producer
Bruce Hancock .... co-producer
Margot McDonald .... producer
Timothy Prescott .... co-producer (as Timothy Prescott)
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
Cinematography by
David Foreman 
Film Editing by
Edward McQueen-Mason 
Casting by
Ann Fay 
Production Design by
Ross Major 
Art Direction by
Michael Rumpf 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Brennan 
Makeup Department
Sally Gordon .... makeup department head
Sash Lamey .... assistant hair stylist
Sash Lamey .... assistant makeup artist
Maggie Singh .... hair stylist
Production Management
Rosslyn Abernethy .... production manager
Angus Baker .... assistant unit manager
David Suttor .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rob Brown .... second assistant director
Liz Edwards .... third assistant director (as Elizabeth Edwards)
John Martin .... first assistant director
Art Department
John Andersen .... stand-by props (as John Anderson)
Greg Antill .... carpenter
Martin Ash .... draughtsperson
Derek Burgess .... carpenter
Rohan Dawson .... set painter
Graham Dunn .... carpenter
Dane Eade .... stagehand
Peter Fitness .... carpenter
Brad Howard .... construction foreman
Kim Howard .... construction manager
Klaus Kastberg .... assistant draftperson
Kristian Kielland .... carpenter
Michael Kissane .... art department runner
Paul Klavins .... carpenter
Jacinta Leong .... assistant draftperson
Noel McCartney .... carpenter
Kerry Mulgrew .... art department coordinator
Adrienne Ogle .... greensperson
James Pita .... carpenter
Prue Saunders .... assistant buyer
Prue Saunders .... assistant dresser
Jack Watford .... construction coordinator
Tony Xeros .... props buyer
James Colmer .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul 'Salty' Brincat .... production sound mixer
Rod Conder .... boom operator
Bruce Emery .... dolby film sound consultant
Sonal Joshi .... sound editor
Adrian McQueen-Mason .... assistant sound editor
Wayne Pashley .... supervising sound editor
Alison Sanford .... sound recordist
Pete Smith .... re-recording mixer (as Peter D. Smith)
Special Effects by
Bruce Bright .... special effects technician
Brian Holmes .... special effects
Sarah Monahan .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
David Short .... 3D animator: Rising Sun Pictures
Danny Baldwin .... stunt coordinator
Sue Baldwin .... stunts
Mick Van Moorsel .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Sean Aston .... best boy grip
Jason Binnie .... clapper loader
Greg Casey .... assistant electrician
Glen Dawe .... generator operator
Matt Fergus .... third electrician
Steve Gordon .... best boy
Kerry Jackson .... key grip
David 'Rusty' Leckonby .... assistant grip
Margie McClymont .... clapper loader
Graham Rutherford .... gaffer
Lyddy Van Gyen .... focus puller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lyn Askew .... costume supervisor
Andrea Hood .... stand-by costume
Helen Maggs .... costume assistant
Blaize Major .... costume buyer
Editorial Department
Susan Cox .... cutter
Adrian McQueen-Mason .... assistant editor
Location Management
Jamie McLennan .... location manager
Music Department
Robin Gray .... music scoring engineer
Other crew
Marc Ashton .... unit assistant
Silla Childs .... production coordinator
Troy Clarke .... unit assistant
Kylie Dennis .... production accountant
Susan Gardener .... production runner
Peter Gregg .... macaw trainer
Matt Jones .... unit assistant
Fiona Landreth .... accounting assistant
Clare Shervington .... assistant to producer
Brendan Shoebridge .... production runner
Gillian Steine .... continuity
Jo Suna .... production secretary
Elle Croxford .... special thanks
Craig M. Saavedra .... special thanks

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91 min
Australia:G | Germany:0 | Portugal:M/6 (video premiere) | USA:G

Did You Know?

Four separate birds played the role of "Mac".See more »
Mac:Stop repeating everything I say. I'm the parrot!See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Good family fun, 1 May 1999
Author: TonyF from Brisbane, Australia

I really did not want to see this movie. But my kids wanted to watch so I sat with them. I'm glad I stayed. The affects and story line were interesting and my children liked it. Good enough for me. Use your kids to rent this one for yourself, or borrow some for the experience.

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