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Rare Birds (2001)

A down-and-out restaurateur and his neighbor hatch a plan to lure luminaries to their small Newfoundland town.

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Dave
Andy Jones ...
Phonce
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Alice
Vicky Hynes ...
Deb
Greg Malone ...
Buster Bartlett
Michael Chiasson ...
Dr. Jack Tomlinson
Barry Newhook ...
Caller #1 / Hostage
Laura Tobin ...
Girl #1
Maggie Meyer ...
Girl #2
Frankie O'Neill ...
Brit Woman
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Hooligan
Leah Lewis ...
Bette
Todd Perrin ...
Cook
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Waitress
Matthew Clarke ...
Bartender
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Dave is down. His wife lives in Washington, D.C.; his restaurant, the Auk, in an out-of-the-way Newfoundland inlet, is a bust; a drink is rarely out of reach. An odd-duck of a neighbor, Phonce, who has found ten kilos of cocaine and wants Dave's help selling it, contrives to keep Dave in town by faking and reporting the sighting of a rare bird. Soon birders descend from everywhere, and the restaurant is a success. Dave is snorting the cocaine and falling for a young visitor who helps him out at the Auk, Phonce is launching his recreational submarine, and various men who don't look like birders are poking about. When the chickens come home to roost, will Dave and Phonse have a Plan B? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Fortune can make a man do some pretty fowl things.


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Rated R for language and drug use | See all certifications »
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18 July 2003 (Italy)  »

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De drôles d'oiseaux  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Director Sturla Gunnarsson did not cast all of the smaller parts, but filled them with interesting characters he encountered during shooting. Barry Newhook, who was a grip for the film, played the role of a hostage, as well as the voice of a caller to a radio show. See more »

Goofs

Level of wine glass when Dave and Phonse are eating in the kitchen. See more »

Quotes

Phonce: There's a phone booth down by the baseball diamond. Now nobody will see you there and it's nice and quiet.
Dave: Why can't we make the phone call from here?
Phonce: Because, sir, we've got to cover our backs. Alright, Dave? They've probably got some sort of a call-tracing mechanism down at the CBC just in case some lunatic calls in and says he's planning on skullfucking the premier.
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Dirty Old Town
Written by Ewan MacColl
Performed by The Pogues
Courtesy of Warner Music Canada Ltd.
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Rare birds. Well done movie.
16 November 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Rare Birds" tells of a hapless Newfoundland restaurant owner/cook (Hurt) whose remote seaside restaurant is suffering from insufficient patronage due to a lack of advertising. A quirky friend (Jones) hatches a plot suggesting Hurt report the sighting of a nearly extinct duck to encourage bird watchers to flock to his eatery thereby stimulating his business while he's being stimulated by thoughts of his comely waitress (Parker)...etc. A fun and earnest flick which trudges through it's wry tale relying on understated tongue-in-cheek humor and quirkiness for entertainment, the film includes other salients such as a home made submarine, 22 pounds of cocaine, some much coveted sheet lights, and an RCMP SWAT team for additional substance. Overall, "RB" is a warm hearted little flick for those who don't mind off-kilteredness and the absence of the usual Hollyweird appurtenances. (B-)


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