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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 ...
Peter Baird ...
Mary Wells ...
Lisa Sturz ...
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Liz Sagal ...
Ronette, Cherry Bomb
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Cal, Cherry Bomb
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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,070,136 (USA) (3 August 1986)

Gross:

$16,295,774 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to reports at the time of the movie's release, George Lucas was heavily in debt (having just built the $50-million Skywalker Ranch complex) and was counting on this film to get him back in the black. When it bombed, he was forced to start selling off assets to stay afloat. His friend Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple Computer, offered to help by buying Lucasfilm's newly-launched CGI animation division for a price well above market value, and Lucas, in desperate straits and thankful for the assistance, agreed. That division eventually become Pixar Animation Studios. See more »

Goofs

In the diner scene, when Howard is levitated and spun around near the ceiling by Dr. Jenning, the shadow reveals a pole reaching from the ceiling to Howard to achieve this effect. See more »

Quotes

Beverly: You got some place to go?
Howard T. Duck: Hey, if I had some place to go I certainly wouldn't be in 'Cleve-Land'.
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Soundtracks

Hunger City
Written by Thomas Dolby and Allee Wills
Performed by Lea Thompson, Holly Robinson Peete (as Holly Robinson), Dominique Davalos and Liz Sagal
Produced by Thomas Dolby
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Obvious Huyck and Katz never read the strip.
29 June 2006 | by (Raleigh, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

When I was in college, I regularly laughed my butt off reading S. Clay Wilson's "The Checkered Demon" comics. You see, there was this demon who wore checkered pants, and he got involved in all sorts of gross situations, mostly involving scatological humor, severed limbs and organs, and sexual acts.

Doesn't translate very well, does it? The same thing must have happened when Lucas (or whoever) went to screenwriters Huyck and Katz and asked them to do a treatment of Gerber's "Howard the Duck" strip. H & K apparently had no idea of the type of humor the strip used, or at what demographic it was pitched. The result is a kiddie move that tries hard to be adult in all the wrong ways. The satire and keen observation of the original strip disappear completely. I keep expecting The Goonies to wander in at any moment.

A VERY bad movie, though probably made with good intentions.


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