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Rare Birds (2001)

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A down-and-out restaurateur and his neighbor hatch a plan to lure luminaries to their small Newfoundland town.

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Sturla Gunnarsson

Writers:

Edward Riche (novel), Edward Riche (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Dave
Andy Jones Andy Jones ... Phonce
Molly Parker ... Alice
Vicky Hynes Vicky Hynes ... Deb
Greg Malone Greg Malone ... Buster Bartlett
Michael Chiasson Michael Chiasson ... Dr. Jack Tomlinson
Barry Newhook Barry Newhook ... Caller #1 / Hostage
Laura Tobin Laura Tobin ... Girl #1
Maggie Meyer Maggie Meyer ... Girl #2
Frankie O'Neill Frankie O'Neill ... Brit Woman
Lawrence Barry ... Hooligan
Leah Lewis Leah Lewis ... Bette
Todd Perrin Todd Perrin ... Cook
Deidre Gillard-Rowlings ... Waitress
Matthew Clarke Matthew Clarke ... Bartender
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Storyline

Dave is down. His wife lives in Washington, D.C.; his restaurant, the Auk, in an out-of-the-way Newfoundland inlet, is a bust; a drink is rarely out of reach. An odd-duck of a neighbor, Phonce, who has found ten kilos of cocaine and wants Dave's help selling it, contrives to keep Dave in town by faking and reporting the sighting of a rare bird. Soon birders descend from everywhere, and the restaurant is a success. Dave is snorting the cocaine and falling for a young visitor who helps him out at the Auk, Phonce is launching his recreational submarine, and various men who don't look like birders are poking about. When the chickens come home to roost, will Dave and Phonse have a Plan B? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Fortune can make a man do some pretty fowl things.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Pope Productions

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 2003 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

De drôles d'oiseaux See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in 30 days, except for the final shot, which was delayed for seven months. An unexpected early snowfall forced the shot (of a car on a road near the sea) to be postponed until the snow melted the following May. See more »

Goofs

Level of wine glass when Dave and Phonse are eating in the kitchen. See more »

Quotes

Phonce: There's a phone booth down by the baseball diamond. Now nobody will see you there and it's nice and quiet.
Dave: Why can't we make the phone call from here?
Phonce: Because, sir, we've got to cover our backs. Alright, Dave? They've probably got some sort of a call-tracing mechanism down at the CBC just in case some lunatic calls in and says he's planning on skullfucking the premier.
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Parla... siam soli... Tutte le feste al tempio
Written by Giuseppe Verdi (as Verdi)
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Disappointing and uneven
30 January 2003 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

What a waste of a good cast and exquisite scenery. Moments of humour and greatness but with an absolutely awful subplot that went nowhere about cocaine. And to make matters worse it shows the character of William Hurt using it on a regular basis in the movie. All the main characters needed a dialogue coach apart from Andy Jones who looked surprised at times at running out of good script moments (what, again?). William Hurt had one of the most hit and miss accents of any movie. It was all rather a shame as there was both a good premise and a great promise in the film. Some awful editing too to add to this disjointed effort. Perhaps all the behind the scenes people were busy snorting.....the whole mess certainly reflects it. 6 out of 10 for Andy and the scenery.


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