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Howard the Duck (1986)

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.

Director:

Willard Huyck

Writers:

Steve Gerber (Marvel comics character: Howard the Duck), 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

More adventure than humanly possible. 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:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,070,136, 3 August 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,295,774

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,667,000
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Company Credits

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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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Trivia

A clip of this movie is on "The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made" DVD Region 1 NTSC. See more »

Goofs

When Howard is in Beverly's apartment for the second time he starts a rhythm and bass sequence on one of the gadgets in the apartment to play along with. The machine that produces the rhythm and bass is actually a Roland TR-707 Rhythm Composer which produces a different kind of drum sound (more electronic) and can't produce any bass sounds at all. It is also not capable of sending out MIDI data to drive external equipment like the synthesizer in the apartment to produce the bass sound. See more »

Quotes

Waitress: [after the waitress brings the "Specials", Howard lets out a cry and is horrified] You ordered your specials, what's wrong?
Dr. Jenning: [Dr. Jenning posessed by a dark overlord] This will mean the extinction of all existing lifeforms.
Waitress: You haven't even tasted it yet
Howard T. Duck: What do you think, I'm into cannibalism or something?
Waitress: Hey, are we like all in the same discussion here?
Howard T. Duck: I'll give you a hint doll, what's white, all boiled and always remind me of my birthday?
Waitress: I don't know.
Howard T. Duck: The eggs, get em outta here.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Jack Frost (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Duckworld Television Muzak
(uncredited)
Written and Produced by Thomas Dolby and John Barry
Performed by the Universal Studios Digital Gratification Consort and San Francisco Symphony as The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra)
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An Honest Review
16 April 2017 | by generationofswineSee all my reviews

It is so cool to hate on this isn't it? So I am giving it a 10, mainly because of all the folks that gave it a 1 to be in the in crowd...and partially because Lucas was right, it stood the test of time.

The cult following isn't because it's a bad movie, it's because it's a funny movie. Just because a midget is wearing a duck suit doesn't make it bad. Just because there is duck nudity doesn't make it bad.

I mean...we loved it with Team America. It was hysterical then. It's not funny in Howard because you are told not to laugh at it.

If you give it a chance it's well worth the admission, for jokes alone.


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