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Duck (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama | 11 May 2007 (USA)
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In 2009, when Los Angeles' last city park is closed to the public, a dispossessed man -- and the duck who follows him as a mother -- quest west, on foot, in search of water and meaning, in the desert that is L.A.


Nicole Bettauer (as Nic Bettauer)


Nicole Bettauer (as Nic Bettauer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Baker Hall ... Arthur Pratt
Ian G Lockhart Ian G Lockhart ... City Worker #3
Buckley Sampson ... Young Frances
Jim Thalman ... Young Arthur
Amy Hill ... Pedicurist
Bill Brochtrup ... Leopold
Larry Cedar ... Mr. Janney
Johnny Hawkes ... Daniel at 18
Starletta DuPois ... Social Worker
Carol Mansell ... Frances Pratt
French Stewart ... Jumper (as French Stewart)
Noel Gugliemi ... Lord of the Garbage
Anne Etue Anne Etue ... PET Woman
Cedric Pendleton ... PET Man
Nikki Crawford ... Bus Driver


A blighted Los Angeles in 2009. Arthur is recently widowed, his savings wiped out by his wife's illness. Their only son is long dead. Alone, Arthur adopts and is adopted by a duckling he names Joe. Saved from suicide, Arthur's life becomes caring for Joe and keeping clean a pond on land near his son's memorial tree. Homelessness awaits Arthur, and although he experiences a great deal of unkindness - from a bus driver, motorists, and animal control officers - he also offers and finds kindness. The pond drained, Arthur and Joe head west on a picaresque journey. Is there room for angels in Los Angeles? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

pond | tree | suicide | homelessness | duck | See All (65) »


Think Outside The Flock



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

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Release Date:

11 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un día, un pato See more »


Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shot in 18 days. See more »

Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits we are shown a blooper of a duck fluttering off and ruining a shot See more »


References The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954) See more »


Written by Sam Zarrehparvar
Performed by Sam Zarrehparvar & Danny Colombo
Courtesy of Spirit Pi
Published by Spirit Pi
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Brilliant Movie!
23 October 2005 | by JulHilSee all my reviews

This writer/director is bound for glory. A beautiful movie full of emotion and ideas. Incredible performance by Hall. Gorgeous cinematography. DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE!!!!

The story sounds sentimental. It is not. This movie hooks you in in the first five minutes and keeps you involved throughout.

Yes, it has a political point of view -- since when did that become a bad thing? It's about how homeless people, even just lonely people, are shunned. The hero is not self-pitying, nor sanctimonious. He is very human, that's all. It's not a movie about a man and a duck, it's about one creature deciding to live in order to keep another creature alive, a profound decision and yet the movie succeeds at the most concrete level too -- the level of detail.

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