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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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pond | tree | suicide | homelessness | duck | See All (65) »

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Think Outside The Flock

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Drama

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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 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954) See more »

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Jazz Hands Part 1
Written by MC Honky
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Courtesy of MC Honky
Courtesy of MC Honky Inc.
Published by Sir Rock A Lot Music (ASCAP)
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Brilliant Movie!
23 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This writer/director is bound for glory. A beautiful movie full of emotion and ideas. Incredible performance by Hall. Gorgeous cinematography. DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE!!!!

The story sounds sentimental. It is not. This movie hooks you in in the first five minutes and keeps you involved throughout.

Yes, it has a political point of view -- since when did that become a bad thing? It's about how homeless people, even just lonely people, are shunned. The hero is not self-pitying, nor sanctimonious. He is very human, that's all. It's not a movie about a man and a duck, it's about one creature deciding to live in order to keep another creature alive, a profound decision and yet the movie succeeds at the most concrete level too -- the level of detail.


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