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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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Think Outside The Flock

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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11 May 2007 (USA)  »

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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 The Simpsons (1989) See more »

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Jazz Hands Part 1
Written by MC Honky
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Courtesy of MC Honky Inc.
Published by Sir Rock A Lot Music (ASCAP)
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Charming performance by a charming actor.....
29 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Philip Baker Hall lends his calm demeanor perfectly to a low-key tale of a man who has lost hope, until his life is given a little meaning by a duck. This movie is all about a performance that is believable and endearing. Rarely has a film been so perfectly cast. If you enjoy the likes of "The Straight Story", or "The Station Agent", then you will probably enjoy "Duck". This is not a "message" movie as some other reviewers have suggested. If you are trying to find hidden political meaning that grinds on you, then it's easy to find fault. Enjoy it for what it is, a charming performance by a charming actor. Recommended. - MERK


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