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Howard the Duck

"More adventure than humanly possible."

1986-08-01 Comedy 1hr 50m

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...

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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...

  • Released
    1986-08-01
  • Revenue
    $38,000,000
  • Budget
    $37,000,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 50m
  • Genre
    Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    4.7
  • Production
    Lucasfilm Ltd., Universal Pictures

Crew

Willard Huyck
Director
Willard Huyck
Screenplay
Gloria Katz
Producer

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Cast

Lea Thompson

Lea Thompson

Beverly Switzler
Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey Jones

Dr. Walter Jenning
Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins

Phil Blumburtt
Ed Gale

Ed Gale

Howard T. Duck
Holly Robinson Peete

Holly Robinson Peete

K.C., Cherry Bomb
David Paymer

David Paymer

Larry, Scientist
Paul Guilfoyle

Paul Guilfoyle

Lieutenant Welker
Dominique Davalos

Dominique Davalos

Cal, Cherry Bomb
Liz Sagal

Liz Sagal

Ronette, Cherry Bomb
Chip Zien

Chip Zien

Howard T. Duck (voice)
Tommy Swerdlow

Tommy Swerdlow

Ginger Moss
Virginia Capers

Virginia Capers

Cora Mae, Secretary
Debbie Lee Carrington

Debbie Lee Carrington

Additional Ducks
Miguel Sandoval

Miguel Sandoval

Bar Entertainment Supervisor
Sheldon Feldner

Sheldon Feldner

Hot Tub Spa Owner
Paul Comi

Paul Comi

Dr. Chapin
James Lashly

James Lashly

State Trooper
William Hall

William Hall

Officer Hanson
John Fleck

John Fleck

Pimples
Nancy Fish

Nancy Fish

Homeless Bag Lady
Brandon Erickson

Brandon Erickson

*uncredited* Man on bike

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Movie Reviews

Reviews for Howard the Duck
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A Review by Wuchak 5

Written by Wuchak on 2021-11-24

_**The infamous film version of Steve Gerber’s intelligent, wise-cracking waterfowl from another world**_ An English-speaking duck from a... read more

_**The infamous film version of Steve Gerber’s intelligent, wise-cracking waterfowl from another world**_ An English-speaking duck from another planet is somehow transported to Cleveland, Ohio, where he befriends a rock group leader (Lea Thompson). She introduces him to her friend, a quirky lab assistant (Tim Robbins), to figure out what happened, but the situation is complicated when a doctor at the lab is possessed by a “dark overlord of the universe” (Jeffrey Jones). "Howard the Duck" (1986) is the film version of Marvel Comics’ anthropomorphic waterfowl created by writer Steve Gerber and artist Val Mayerik with the Duck’s first appearance being in Adventures into Fear #19 featuring the Man-Thing, which debuted in March, 1974 (cover date Dec. 1973). While the cartoonish character was atypical for Marvel, he was a surprise hit, which led to this movie a dozen years later. It’s made in the mold of “Ghostbusters” (1984) and obviously influenced “Men in Black” (1997), but it’s the least of these and notoriously bombed at the box office. It begins well enough, both intriguing and amusing, but starts to lose its mojo in the second act before spiraling into a loud, frantic last act with loads of colorful special effects. The problem is that, after the first act, the flick abandons the characters for action-oriented zaniness and it loses the attention of the viewer. Creator Steve Gerber plainly said the movie “sucked” and was dissatisfied with the duck’s bland voice and costume. Howard’s face just isn’t animated enough and his eyes are too cute & innocent for Gerber’s ill-tempered, wise-cracking waterfowl. That said, there are enough entertaining elements in the “Ghostbusters” / “Men in black” vein to enjoy the movie to some degree as you revisit 1985 America when it was shot. But you have to be able to accept it as a cinematic alternative to Gerber’s original concept. I’m not big on Lea Thompson, but she’s winsome enough as Beverly on the female front, although she didn’t exactly fit Gerber’s version of the Duck’s babelicious pal. Liz Sagal is also notable as Ronette in a minor role. The film runs 1 hour, 50 minutes, and was obviously shot in the Bay area of Northern California, NOT Cleveland, Ohio. GRADE: C

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A Review by GenerationofSwine 10

Written by GenerationofSwine on 2023-01-14

It is so cool to hate on this isn't it? So I am giving it a 10, mainly because of all the folks that gave it a 1 to be in the in crowd...and... read more

It is so cool to hate on this isn't it? So I am giving it a 10, mainly because of all the folks that gave it a 1 to be in the in crowd...and partially because Lucas was right, it stood the test of time. The cult following isn't because it's a bad movie, it's because it's a funny movie. Just because a midget is wearing a duck suit doesn't make it bad. Just because there is duck nudity doesn't make it bad. I mean...we loved it with Team America. It was hysterical then. It's not funny in Howard because you are told not to laugh at it. If you give it a chance it's well worth the admission, for jokes alone.

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A Review by Wuchak

_**The infamous film version of Steve Gerber’s intelligent, wise-cracking waterfowl from another world**_ An English-speaking duck from another planet is somehow transported to Cleveland, Ohio, where he befriends a rock group leader (Lea...

reviewer avatar

A Review by Wuchak 5

Written by Wuchak on 2021-11-24

_**The infamous film version of Steve Gerber’s intelligent, wise-cracking waterfowl from another world**_ An English-speaking duck from another planet is somehow transported to Cleveland, Ohio, whe...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by GenerationofSwine 10

Written by GenerationofSwine on 2023-01-14

It is so cool to hate on this isn't it? So I am giving it a 10, mainly because of all the folks that gave it a 1 to be in the in crowd...and partially because Lucas was right, it stood the test of tim...

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