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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>

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Taglines:

A new breed of hero. 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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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

According to Halliwells, the picture was "toned down from an adult comic strip". See more »

Goofs

When Phill is driving Beverly, Howard and Carter in a van to the lab, the shifter for the van is in the Park position. See more »

Quotes

[Together in bed, Beverly seducing Howard]
Howard T. Duck: [flustered] I've got a headache...
Beverly: And I've got the aspirin!
Howard T. Duck: Be gentle.
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Alternate Versions

The USA TV version adds extra bubbles to hide the chest area of a female duck in a bathtub. See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Worst Movies of the 1980s (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Howard the Duck
Written by Thomas Dolby, Allee Willis and George Clinton
Performed by Lea Thompson, Holly Robinson Peete (as Holly Robinson), Dominique Davalos,
Liz Sagal, Thomas Dolby and George Clinton
Produced by Thomas Dolby
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User Reviews

It's not that terrible! Really!
21 January 2003 | by app354See all my reviews

"Howard the Duck" was a critical and commercial failure when it was first released in the summer of 1986. Since that time, the movie has become synonymous with one word: BOMB. However, while it is not a very good film, I feel "Howard the Duck" is not nearly as bad as many people seem to believe.

How can you dislike a film about a midget duck from another planet who (with the help of Lea Thompson and her gigantic '80s hair) saves Earth from impending doom? Not only that, but the menace threatening Earth is the Dark Overlord of the Universe, an evil force that has invaded the body of Jeffery Jones! "Howard the Duck" is one of those movies that is enjoyable in a mindless way. It is by no means classic cinema, but if you are in the right frame of mind, it is very fun to watch.

And don't miss the musical number at the end, when Howard and the cast do the "duck waddle"!


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