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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.


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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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Sound Mix:

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 two kinds of people in the world: those whose arse holes seize up during a crisis and those who shit themselves. Winston Churchill, during the blitz for instance - his sphincter locked with bulldog determination. They say he never shit during the entire Battle of Britain.
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Dirty Old Town
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One of the most entertaining little movies I've ever seen!
23 August 2003 | by yossarian100See all my reviews

What does a recovered package of cocaine, a gourmet restaurant in the middle of nowhere, two of the most delightful and oddest friends I've ever met, the most naturally sexy redhead I've ever seen, Svetkoff Lights, a 1200 pound ultra-light submarine, an extinct species of duck, and undercover agents from the RCP have in common? One of the most entertaining little movies I've ever seen! The author driven screenplay kept me chuckling for the entire movie and I did not want the movie to end. What an absolute delight for both a story and a film. I loved it!!!


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