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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

I laughed, I cried, I Loved It.

Author: garfield2710 from United States
19 April 2006

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This movie is really great and I loved it. I laughed when the Parrot usually spoke. The Parrot is the funniest character and I'm sure you will agree. This is a very good movie and I would recommend it for kids ages 5-12. If you like, Parrots, Buried Treasure, and the search of it you will enjoy this movie. With the voice of John Goodman as Mac. I'm telling this movie is great. I almost cried when Mac almost died of being burned to a crisp. I thought he was dead and then he lived through the explosion. Dramatic and funny. This is a very good movie and I hope you will or have enjoyed the movie. As I said, "I laughed, I cried, I Loved It." This movie will make you do all 3. Thanks for reading my comment.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Parrot Owners And Young Kids Will Like It

Author: Slash_Wombat from Austin, TX, USA
8 January 2004

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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Excellent children's entertainment

Author: jaak-2 from gold coast, australia
9 June 1999

I enjoyed this children's film - have a feeling that the new parrot film 'Paulie' has taken the idea from 'The Real Macaw'and rounded it out from a straightforward children's adventure movie to a full on family movie. Both films are excellent, but Paulie can be watched by everyone, whereas the 'Real Macaw' is definitely more of adventure film for the little ones.

Both good family entertainment.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Good family fun

Author: TonyF from Brisbane, Australia
1 May 1999

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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Charming family movie

Author: jimnesie from Anaheim, California
24 July 2004

In a day and age when sex, violence and junk is sold to us as being entertainment, this movie shines like a beacon of wholesomeness. The story is fantasy, but the characterizations were charming. This is the kind of movie our children should be seeing. Adults might find it to be too simple of a story for their taste, it certainly does not have any "snob appeal". I liked it so much that I bought a copy for my grandchildren to view. They have watched it several times and always ask to see it again. It is not full of loud nonsensical noise as you would find in a lot of the cartoon and children's features that are being offered today. And it has enough appeal for parents to watch the movie along with the kids.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Entertaining Children's movie

Author: barry-28 from Sydney, Australia
15 October 1998

The Real Macaw is an entertaining movie for children, featuring Mac, the 149 year old talking Macaw, who knows where the pirate treasure is buried. Mac is the real star of the piece, though there is plenty to do for the human actors, plenty of action, and a satisfying and unexpected conclusion.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

The Perfect Parrot

Author: Parrot from Sydney, Austalia
3 January 1999

An amusing, enjoyable Australian family movie about a 149 year old talking parrot with a Spanish accent. The parrot tries to help solve its owners financial problems by going on an adventure to find lost treasure on a once deserted tropical island now a resort spot. As a parrot keeper myself I loved the bird and thought the movie was fun. It would be ideal for kids but adults should be able to laugh along too. The parrot is the star of the show but the actors put in some solid performances as well.

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Two versions available

Author: Clifton Bencke ( from United States
20 November 2006

This is a good movie for kid up to 12 or 13. While it is a bit predictable, most kid's movies tend to be. We enjoyed this movie and I'd recommend it. If an older child has experience with birds, I think they would enjoy it at any age.

CAUTION: If you want to purchase this movie you have to know what your video equipment can handle, and also accept that the 'star' who does the voice of the macaw seems to be different if you view the original Australian version vs. the U.S. version.

I bought the DVD here in the U.S. and found that it would not play on a brand new (11/2006) DVD player, or on my kids DVD game player. Both machines come up with something like "Wrong country code". When I played the DVD on the home computer a similar message came up but then we were allowed to change the country code for viewing on that PC. My macaw-owning friend was able to play my DVD on her home DVD player (perhaps her's was a higher-end DVD player.) Check your DVD player to make sure that you can CHANGE the country code for viewing the DVD version of this movie.

I'm not sure, but I don't think there is a U.S. version of the DVD. I think the only U.S version that I could find was on VHS tape.

I think the U.S. version might be obnoxious. I gather that John Goodman was hired to replace the voice-over of the macaw. I'm not sure he would be good in that role and from the postings I see here, they seem to agree. I have a feeling that the original Australian actor is a better fit.

We liked the movie!

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Probably everybody will enjoy it.

Author: anonymous from Canberra, Australia
6 October 1998

The film MaCaw was about a boy and his pop who couldn't pay his bills. The boy, called Sam, tries to help him and ends up in a lot of trouble. This movie is sad, happy and funny. Mac (the MaCaw) is the funniest of all. I really enjoyed watching this movie. I think it is for all ages. I know it's got scary parts but the little kids will adore Mac and the funny parts. It featured a lot of adventure parts. Probably everybody will enjoy it. Review by Stephanie.

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