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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
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
Lawrence Barry ...
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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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 »

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

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Phonce: There's two kinds of people in the world: those whose arse holes seize up during a crisis and those who shit themselves. Winston Churchill, during the blitz for instance - his sphincter locked with bulldog determination. They say he never shit during the entire Battle of Britain.
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Portuguese Waltzes
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Performed be Art Stayles
Courtesy of Pigeon Inlet Productions Ltd.
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Rare Find
9 March 2003 | by (NYC, NY) – See all my reviews

I can't help but like this one. Everything about it reminds me of "The Dish" another "foreign import" that takes you away to another time (aka attitude) and another people - real people.

"Phonce" is brilliantly played by Andy Jones. He's a friend's friend - an all out go to guy... and asking nothing in return. Him and "Dave" (John Hurt) are good friends. I got a sense of a real bond on the screen. It carried the film through slower moments.

If you like "The Dish" you'll love this rare find of a movie. Afterall, you have to come across it on a cable station in order to find it. 9/10

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