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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.

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(Marvel comics character: Howard the Duck), | 1 more credit »
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5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Beverly Switzler
... Dr. Walter Jenning
... Phil Blumburtt
... Howard T. Duck
... Howard T. Duck (voice)
... Howard T. Duck
Steve Sleap ... Howard T. Duck
Peter Baird ... Howard T. Duck
Mary Wells ... Howard T. Duck
Lisa Sturz ... Howard T. Duck
... Howard T. Duck
... Lieutenant Welker
Liz Sagal ... Ronette, Cherry Bomb
... Cal, Cherry Bomb
... 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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A new breed of hero. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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1 August 1986 (USA)  »

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Howard  »

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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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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of only two films based on a Marvel Comic to win the Razzie Award for Worst Picture. The other being Fantastic Four (2015). Oddly, in both cases, it tied with another film for the award. Under the Cherry Moon (1986) was the film this tied with. See more »

Goofs

When Howard and Beverly try to exit the diner, the dark overlord prevents them leaving. When he closes the door and moves the plants, and then shoves the furniture in front of the door, you can see thin ropes stretched from the door and across the room. These guide the furniture towards the door. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jenning: It was just a routine procedure, meant to measure the density of the gases that surround Alpha Centauri. However, partway through the experiment, there was a deviation, and, uh... we lost control of the laser spectroscope.
Howard T. Duck: What do you mean, "lost control"?
Dr. Jenning: Some unknown force was redirecting the laser beam from its original target, so that it hit your planet instead.
Howard T. Duck: Hit my planet? How about 'hit my living room'? Talk about an invasion of privacy!
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Connections

Referenced in The Comix Scrutinizer: Down and Dirty Duck (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Turn Away
Written by Thomas Dolby and Allee Willis
Performed and Produced by Thomas Dolby
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Silly but Fun..
28 June 2018 | by See all my reviews

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. Based on Marvel Comics Howard the Duck character this old 1986 film starring Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones and Tim Robbins is actually quite the fun. It's silly for sure but it's charming too, it's not a film to be taken seriously and even the actors who signed in knows it especially Robbins was wacky as hell, Jones looks and sounds like a Ghostbusters villain, the special effects for their time are quite good and besides some "sexual" references with Thompson's character this was a pretty good film. (8/10)


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