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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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Deb
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Buster Bartlett
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Dr. Jack Tomlinson
Barry Newhook ...
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Hooligan
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Bette
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Cook
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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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Filmed in 30 days, except for the final shot, which was delayed for seven months. An unexpected early snowfall forced the shot (of a car on a road near the sea) to be postponed until the snow melted the following May. 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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I haven't laughed that hard in a long time
12 December 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I don't know about the people that did not like this film but I found this film to be truely hillarious. Great Acting, Direction, Casting, Plot, Script, and Cinemetography. An A. I can not believe that Andy Jones did not get nominated for best Suporting Actor. True comic genius rarely gets recognized. William Hurt did a fine job. Although I could of done without seeing his arse. I will dream of Molly Parker tonight, I can tell you that. If you are a male above 25 you probably will enjoy this film imenssely. I don't know about the female perssuasions view on this movie because I am not one but I garauntee you will not be disapointed in this little talked about Gem of a movie. Cudos to the director Sturlla Gunnarsson I will definitely check out your next movie.


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