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Paulie (1998)

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Paulie, a talking parrot, recounts his travels looking for his original owner to a Russian janitor who helps him to the end of his journey.

Director:

John Roberts

Writer:

Laurie Craig
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2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gena Rowlands ... Ivy
Tony Shalhoub ... Misha Vilyenkov
Cheech Marin ... Ignacio
Bruce Davison ... Dr. Reingold
Trini Alvarado ... Adult Marie Alweather
Jay Mohr ... Benny / Paulie (voice)
Buddy Hackett ... Artie
Hallie Eisenberg ... Marie Alweather (as Hallie Kate Eisenberg)
Matt Craven ... Warren Alweather
Bill Cobbs ... Virgil the Janitor
Tia Texada ... Ruby / Lupe (voice)
Laura Harrington ... Lila Alweather
Peter Basch Peter Basch ... Graduate Student #1
Emily Mura-Smith ... Graduate Student #2
Hal Robinson Hal Robinson ... Grandpa
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Storyline

Paulie, an intelligent parrot who actually talks, relates the story of his struggle to a Russian immigrant who works as a janitor at the research institute where he is housed and neglected. Paulies story begins many years earlier when he is given as a gift to a little girl who stutters. Eventually, he teaches the girl to speak correctly but is taken away by her father because he believes the girl cannot distinguish fantasy from reality because she believes the bird can talk. Paulie goes through a series of adventures with a pawn shop owner, an ageing widow, a Mexican-American troubadour and a would be thief before being taken to the institute where he now lives. Written by <lodger13@iwl.net>

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The Bird is the Word See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Polly, a Parrot's Tail See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,369,800, 19 April 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,008,669, 16 August 1998
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Buddy Hackett's final appearance in a theatrical film. See more »

Goofs

When driving to Los Angeles with Ivy, Paulie says that the largest desert is at the north pole when in fact the largest desert is Antarctica which is at the south pole. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Misha reports for work, it is dark and raining]
Virgil the Janitor: The agency told you you had to pay for your own uniforms, right ?
Misha: Yes, I to buy with money from job.
Virgil the Janitor: No, no, no. You can't start the job without a uniform.
Misha: But how to buy when not been paid ?
Virgil the Janitor: You don't have any money ?
Misha: No. This is why I take job. To make money. This is why I come to America. To be a big shoot.
Virgil the Janitor: Shot. Big shot.
Misha: I try not to live in past, only present tense since I come to America.
[...]
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Written by Jerry Goldstein, Morris D. Dickerson, Lee Oskar, Lonnie Jordan, Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott), Charles Miller, Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen) & Harold R. Brown (as Harold Brown)
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Courtesy of Avenue Records/Far Out Productions, Inc.
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the only kid-oriented movie with which I'm familiar that shows the plight of immigrants
10 May 2006 | by Lee EisenbergSee all my reviews

Some people might call "Paulie" a kids' movie, but I wish to assert that it's more than that. Probably more than anything else, this movie successfully goes to great lengths to show the plight of immigrants in the United States - topical given the recent debates. Portraying a parrot telling a Russian immigrant janitor (Tony Shalhoub) of how he searched America for his original owners, the movie tells several stories. There's the elderly woman (Gena Rowlands) whom he befriends, then a Mexican immigrant (Cheech Marin), and others.

All in all, it's a very well done movie. I usually don't expect much from these sorts of movies, but this one is a treat. I certainly recommend it. Also starring Jay Mohr, Buddy Hackett, Bruce Davison, Hallie Eisenberg and Trini Alvarado.


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