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Rare Birds (2001)

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



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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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug use | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

18 July 2003 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

De drôles d'oiseaux  »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film had expended most of its modest budget, but producers from The Shipping News (2001), also filmed in Newfoundland, contributed the equipment and crew to complete the final shot. See more »


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


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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Written by Bobby Worth
Performed by Della Reese
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Highely underrated, lovely absurd movie
12 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

In this day and age of fast paced, overstylished movies, comes this tale of a chef and his close friend, who tries to save his buddies deserted restaurant, by inventing the sighting of a near extinct duck near the location to attract customers.

While this is going on, there is still time left to work on a recreational submarine, in a basement which is filled with cocaine and the most strange flat lamps.

Hurt is acting his guts out as the clumsy, near nerve wrecked chef who's lost in an absurd world. And there is romance too.

Well, it's a long time ago I didn't see a movie which reminded me of another one, and this alone is quite an accomplishment. A lovely little movie, quite serene and if you ask me highly underrated pearl of creative cinema.

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