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Duck (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama | 11 May 2007 (USA)
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In 2009, when Los Angeles' last city park is closed to the public, a dispossessed man -- and the duck who follows him as a mother -- quest west, on foot, in search of water and meaning, in the desert that is L.A.

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A blighted Los Angeles in 2009. Arthur is recently widowed, his savings wiped out by his wife's illness. Their only son is long dead. Alone, Arthur adopts and is adopted by a duckling he names Joe. Saved from suicide, Arthur's life becomes caring for Joe and keeping clean a pond on land near his son's memorial tree. Homelessness awaits Arthur, and although he experiences a great deal of unkindness - from a bus driver, motorists, and animal control officers - he also offers and finds kindness. The pond drained, Arthur and Joe head west on a picaresque journey. Is there room for angels in Los Angeles? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Un día, un pato  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Shot in 18 days. See more »

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At the end of the credits we are shown a blooper of a duck fluttering off and ruining a shot See more »

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References Lassie (1954) See more »

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Bang Them Bones
Courtesy of Black Toast Music
Written by Bob Mair (BMI) and Nick Vincent
Published by Black Toast Music and Booli Mooli Music
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Charming, subtle, engaging tale of what it means to be lost in modern life
24 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Philip Baker Hall stars alongside a duck named Joe is this very cool, truly independent film about a man who has lost everything and given up hope, when he meets, and adopts a baby duck. Together they search Los Angeles for water and meaning.

This is a small film, with a big heart. There are wonderful cameo appearances by Amy Hill, Bill Cobbs, French Stewart and more. Philip Baker Hall is fabulous. The duck is great too! It is a simple story and not for everyone, but well worth a viewing if you enjoy real independently made, thoughtful films. If you like The Straight Story, Hard Eight, Cassavetes films, etc. you will enjoy this one.


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