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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.

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Cast

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Howard T. Duck (voice)
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Steve Sleap ...
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Peter Baird ...
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Mary Wells ...
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Lisa Sturz ...
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Liz Sagal ...
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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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Trapped in a world he never made. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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1 August 1986 (USA)  »

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Howard  »

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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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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second consecutive financial failure for director Willard Huyck whose previous film Best Defense (1984) was also a box-office flop. See more »

Goofs

During the diner scene when Dr. Walter Jenning (while being the Dark Lord) sends the man through the window with his energy and the guy lands on a car, you can see that a wire that is attached to the guy. See more »

Quotes

Phil Blumburtt: [working on the ultralight] Did you find the toolbox?
Howard T. Duck: Yeah, I know why you want a toolbox - you got a screw loose.
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Connections

Featured in Honest Trailers: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Duckter Dread Dub
Written, Produced and Performed by Thomas Dolby
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It's not that terrible! Really!
21 January 2003 | by See 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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