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Rare Birds -- A down-and-out restaurant owner launches an ingenious hoax to bring in new customers.
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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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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6 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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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
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99 min
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Trivia:
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:
Continuity: Level of wine glass when Dave and Phonse are eating in the kitchen.See more »
Soundtrack:
Parla... siam soli... Tutte le feste al tempioSee more »

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
William Hurt, and Newfoundland, in starring roles, 13 May 2002
Author: trendell-1 (tcurran@cyberus.ca) from Ottawa, Canada



I'm a Newfoundlander, so of course I enjoyed "Rare Birds"! There aren't that many movies made in, or about, Newfoundland, and when one does appear, I dash off to see it, regardless of the reviews. I can report, though, that I enjoyed this film, frequently laughing out loud. For some of the laughs, though, you have to know the place and the jargon, and some of the humour might be lost on the average Canadian or American.

(In much the same way, one can feel left out in a foreign-language film - including some British films - when those viewers who actually speak the on-screen language are laughing, and one doesn't get the joke.)

The story is slight, but it more or less works. The main plot involves a chef, David (William Hurt), whose haute-cuisine restaurant, The Auk, near Cape Spear (some 8 miles south and east of St. John's, the capital city) is going fish-belly up, to coin a phrase. According to David's friend Alphonse (Phonse in the local shorthand, and played by Andy Jones, a Newfoundland writer/actor/comic) it's because David hasn't done a proper marketing job, because certainly he has the gourmet skills, as well as a fabulous wine cellar. To revive interest in the restaurant, Phonse hatches (almost literally) a scheme to attract bird-watchers to the area by claiming a sighting of a duck long thought to have been extinct - putatively the "rare bird" of the title, although one suspects that the real "rare birds" are Phonse and David themselves.

(Most Newfoundlanders, and a few others, will know that the Great Auk, the bird for which David's restaurant is named, was hunted to extinction on the Newfoundland coast more than a century ago.)

There are several comic sub-plots in the film, the best of which is Phonse's RSV, the "recreational submarine vehicle" that he has constructed in his shed and which he recruits David to assist him in dive-testing. There is another sub-plot about a 26-pound cache of cocaine that Phonse has found on the shore, and yet another about a bizarre lighting invention from a Bulgarian scientist who was once Phonse's partner. The local RCMP also get into the picture, doing a sort of Atlantic-coast Keystone Kops routine. It's a fragile effort and totally silly, but no-one should really mind seeing Canada's finest portrayed as something like the back-ends of their justly famous steeds for the brief time they're on screen.

The love interest in the film, Alice, who is introduced to the married but separated David by Phonse, is played by the talented and lovely Molly Parker ("Sunshine", and the soon to be released "Hoffman"). She and William Hurt generate very good chemistry, and I came away wishing that the film had made much more of them than it did. (Interestingly, Hurt and Parker were both in "Sunshine", a Canadian co-production, although they never appear on-screen together.)

The story-line of "Rare Birds" is slight enough, and the dialogue is a bit wanting. So, to a very large degree, the film is carried by the hugely talented and accomplished Hurt. He does a kind of "loaves and fishes" miracle with the material at hand, making a near-banquet out of a box-lunch. For the other principals, I was left with the sense that, talented though Andy Jones certainly is, film is not really his medium, although he does well enough. In Molly Parker's case, I didn't feel that she had quite enough opportunity to shine, but when she does have the chance, she is, as always, incandescent.

As expected, the Newfoundland topography, a Rock within a sometimes violent sea, takes a starring role. The rugged landscape, the roiling surf hurling itself against the jagged shore-line, is irresistible. Of course, I'm from the place, and almost any glimpse of the island sets my heart thumping. But - PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!! - will somebody, someday, make a film in Newfoundland that depicts a sunny day. The winters there are long and harsh, spring is not much more than a fond hope, the summers are almost always too short, and the wind blows a great deal of the time. But the sun really does shine, and quite a lot of the time, in all four - alright, three-and-one-half - seasons. Really, it does. You have my word on it. It would be so nice to see a film that actually showed that. Just once.

Go see "Rare Birds". It's worth it, and it's good, clean fun.

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