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Howard the Duck (1986)

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A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop a hellish alien invasion with the help of a nerdy scientist and a cute struggling female rock singer who fancies him.

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Willard Huyck

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Steve Gerber (based on the character created by), Willard Huyck | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lea Thompson ... Beverly Switzler
Jeffrey Jones ... Dr. Walter Jenning
Tim Robbins ... Phil Blumburtt
Ed Gale ... Howard T. Duck
Chip Zien ... Howard T. Duck (voice)
Tim Rose ... Howard T. Duck
Steve Sleap Steve Sleap ... Howard T. Duck
Peter Baird Peter Baird ... Howard T. Duck
Mary Wells Mary Wells ... Howard T. Duck
Lisa Sturz Lisa Sturz ... Howard T. Duck
Jordan Prentice ... Howard T. Duck
Paul Guilfoyle ... Lieutenant Welker
Liz Sagal Liz Sagal ... Ronette, Cherry Bomb
Dominique Davalos ... Cal, Cherry Bomb
Holly Robinson Peete ... K.C., Cherry Bomb (as Holly Robinson)
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Storyline

A scientific experiment unknowingly brings extraterrestrial life forms to the Earth through a laser beam. First is the cigar smoking drake Howard from the duck's planet. A few kids try to keep him from the greedy scientists and help him back to his planet. But then a much less friendly being arrives through the beam... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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You will believe that a duck can talk. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Howard See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,070,136, 3 August 1986

Gross USA:

$16,295,774

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,962,774
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In a Twitter comment, actress Lea Thompson confirmed that she still has the Les Paul guitar, "Cherry Bomb," and sometimes still plays it. See more »

Goofs

During the diner scene when Dr. Walter Jenning (while being the Dark Lord) sends the man through the window with his energy and the guy lands on a car, you can see that a wire that is attached to the guy. See more »

Quotes

Beverly: [to Howard as they lie in bed together] I just can't resist your intense animal magnetism.
[the feathers on the top of Howard's head stick straight up]
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Alternate Versions

West German theatrical version was cut to secure a "Not under 12" rating. See more »

Connections

References Conan the Barbarian (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Turn Away
Written by Thomas Dolby and Allee Willis
Performed and Produced by Thomas Dolby
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User Reviews

Aren't B-Movies fun?
16 June 1999 | by b. koskiSee all my reviews

Aren't B-Movies fun?

Wait a second ... this isn't a B-Movie! George Lucas wouldn't sign his name to a low-budget piece of tripe, would he? Well, he did.

If you're actually looking for a good piece of cinema, stop right here. However, if the words 'talking alien duck' cause bells to ring in your mind, read on.

Yes, it's a B-Movie. It's a high budget, professionally made one, but it's as bad as most other B-Movies. But, it's also one of the funniest things I've seen in quite a while. Sure, it gets boring, but look at the concept: A TALKING ALIEN DUCK! What more can I say?

So, if you have a twisted sense of humour and have already been drawn in by my one real summary (A TALKING ALIEN DUCK), then check this movie out. You'll enjoy it. But, if you're not a fan of bad eighties movies stick with Star Wars or Indiana Jones, movies that Lucas probably actually cared about.


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