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Rare Birds -- In this outstanding independent comedy, down-and-out restaurateur Dave Purcell (William Hurt) is ready to close his doors, until his friend Alphonse devises a wacky plan. They fake a sighting of a rare bird, and soon the place is filled with bird watchers, famous folks and a potential love interest. But Alphonse has another not-so-benign scheme that could put Hurt behind bars and close the restaurant for good.
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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Release Date:
18 July 2003 (Italy) See more »
Fortune can make a man do some pretty fowl things.
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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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 
Patricia McCorkle  (as 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
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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Rated R for language and drug use
99 min
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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 »
Continuity: Level of wine glass when Dave and Phonse are eating in the kitchen.See more »
Parla... siam soli... Tutte le feste al tempioSee more »


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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A lighthearted and fun film!, 1 June 2002
Author: kergillian ( from Montreal, Canada

This isn't the film of the year. It won't dazzle you or make you cry a hundred times over. But it will give you a couple of hours' worth of solid and fun-filled entertainment. Molly Parker is alluring and charismatic, and Andy Jones is an absolutely brilliant standout.

William Hurt, however, is lacking. Perhaps it's simply because every time I see William Hurt attempting romance on the screen I picture the Elephant Man, but I really think he's a stock character here - or should I say a stock actor. He's just too awkward and stiff. Now, I know his character is *supposed* to be awkward and stiff, but he seems so in a more uncomfortable manner, it doesn't feel as though he's comfortable in his role.

That aside, the film is filled with light humour, and a great story full of quirks and chuckles. It's maybe fifteen minutes too long, drags a touch towards the end, but it certainly kept me interested. And Phonse (Andy Jones) is so good when he's on screen, he basically steals the show.

Overall, it's a warm and humourous film, a great film to watch amidst million dollar blockbusters that forgo plot and quality of film-making for big names and razzle-dazzle effects, and films that are begging for Oscars and take themselves WAY too seriously. It's nice to watch something that's 'just a film' for once! And the 'Made in Canada' doesn't hurt either! 7/10.

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