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

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Director:
Writers:
Edward Riche (novel)
Edward Riche (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 July 2003 (Italy) See more »
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Tagline:
Fortune can make a man do some pretty fowl things.
Plot:
A down-and-out restaurateur and his neighbor hatch a plan to lure luminaries to their small Newfoundland town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
6 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Chuckle and Quack See more (35 total) »

Cast

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William Hurt ... Dave
Andy Jones ... Phonce

Molly Parker ... 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

Deidre Gillard-Rowlings ... Waitress
Matthew Clarke ... Bartender
John Moyes ... Male Diner

Sheila McCarthy ... Claire
Bryan Hennessey ... Cortini
Pete Soucy ... Bystander
George Jonas ... Dr. Hans Spiedal

Mark Critch ... Dougie
Mack Furlong ... Car Man

Directed by
Sturla Gunnarsson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edward Riche  novel
Edward Riche  screenplay

Produced by
Sam Feldman .... co-executive producer
Paul Pope .... co-producer
Jeff Sackman .... co-executive producer
Tamara Shannon .... associate producer
Janet York .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Jonathan Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Jan Kiesser 
 
Film Editing by
Jeff Warren 
 
Casting by
Jon Comerford 
Pat McCorkle 
 
Production Design by
Pam Hall 
 
Set Decoration by
Kathee Reardigan 
 
Costume Design by
Jeanie Kimber 
 
Makeup Department
Debbie Vatcher .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alex Pappas .... first assistant director
Kelly Stone .... second assistant director
Terry Stone .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Daniel R. Bradette .... property master
Shelley Cornick .... key scenic artist
Paul Wade .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Kevin Belen .... sound re-recording mixer
Erik Culp .... foley recordist
Don Ellis .... boom operator
Bill Mellow .... sound re-recording mixer
Donna Powell .... foley artist
Jim Rillie .... sound
David Yonson .... adr recordist
 
Special Effects by
Gary Minielly .... special effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Randy Boliver .... stunt coordinator
Eric Bryson .... stunt coordinator
Mark A. Owen .... stunt double: Andy Jones
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jason Andrews .... lighting technician
Jake Clarke .... best boy electric
Jake Clarke .... underwater electrician
Gary Deneault .... gaffer
Sean Doran .... best boy grip
Mark O'Neill .... camera trainee
Flora Planchat .... daily electrician
Karl Simmons .... key grip
 
Casting Department
John Mabry .... casting assistant
 
Editorial Department
Catherine Rankin .... negative cutter
Gary Shaw .... video colorist
D. Gillian Truster .... first assistant editor
Gord Ventura .... dailies colorist
 
Transportation Department
Robert Whelan Jr. .... picture car coordinator
Robert Whelan Jr. .... transportation coordinator (2001)
 
Other crew
Kirsten Andrews .... publicist
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language and drug use
Runtime:
99 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: Level of wine glass when Dave and Phonse are eating in the kitchen.See more »
Soundtrack:
Portuguese WaltzesSee more »

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Chuckle and Quack, 21 May 2009
Author: Samiam3 from Canada

Rare Birds is indeed a rare find, an original and quirky little comedy, but one that is good when it could have been great. With one step in the wrong direction, Rare Birds takes a bit of a fall from grace, but not too far at least. It remains entertaining, in a way that few comedies are.

Dave runs a small hotel and restaurant in coastal Newfoundland, but business is poor, and he is tempted to close, until his friend Phonce comes up with the idea of faking the sighting of a rare bird on the water that his hotel overlooks (a species of duck thought to be extinct). Suddenly he has a whole army of nutty birdwatchers flocking to his corner of the island. A fun start to the movie, but obviously not fun enough.

For some reason the filmmakers are so desperate to please us that they turn Rare Birds away from charm and towards slapstick. There are a couple of awkward subplots, one involving a mini sub that Phonce has created in his garage and another which involves some military technology that Phonce has stolen which leads to him and Dave taking a secret agent hostage. It all builds up to such absurdity that it literally ends in a bang.

The cast is a strange but charming bunch. Both William Hurt and Molly Parker are likable on screen, but it is Phonce who steals the movie. Everything comedic about Rare Birds revolves around him and the things he does.

Even if the movie looses some of its potential to somewhat banal direction, I think it's pretty hard not to like Rare Birds even a little bit.

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