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Rare Birds (2001)

William Hurt , Andy Jones , Sturla Gunnarsson  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Hurt, Andy Jones, Molly Parker, Vicky Hynes, Greg Malone
  • Directors: Sturla Gunnarsson
  • Writers: Edward Riche
  • Producers: Janet York, Jeff Sackman, Paul Pope, Sam Feldman, Tamara Shannon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000639HO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,497 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Greg Malone, Mary Walsh, Molly Parker, Randy Jones, Vicky Hynes, William Hurt - Director: Sturla Gunnarsson Dave Purcell (William Hurt) just woke up on the wrong side of life. His marriage is dead and his restaurant just went belly up. Things look prett

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Funny Offbeat Movie October 20, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I say this is really funny and it was to me. I saw this in an arthouse theater in SLO and laughed my head off, unfortunately more than half the audience did not. Many were not amused. Whats happening out there? This movie has the most audacious characters. Especially Phonce, Andy Jones, who is so believable in his role. Actually all the actors were excellent! Probably some of the best acting I've seen for awhile. The story weaves around the beautiful coast of NewFoundLand and William Hurt's characters restaurant, The Auk. Hurt is a great cook but his place is located in some remote seaside area, which causes a lack of customers. Anyways, Phonce, who is always the creative planner, the leader in the twosome, comes up with some zany ideas to bring fortune to Hurts character and also to himself. The scenes involving the mini submarine are some of the funniest I've seen in awhile. Like I said though, many in the theater were not even cracking a smile, this is an offbeat comedy so may appeal to some and not to others. Unique and different, these characters are the real rare birds in this cool little film. Also the actress, I think Molly Parker?? does another great job in getting her role to shine, even without alot of film time, well done!
Lisa Nary
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT AN UGLY DUCKLING AT ALL. July 28, 2002
This is yet another movie filmed in New-Found-Land , the other being 'The Shipping News' and that being said, it is the only similarity... Where as Ship News was dark, moody, and sinking in its' own sea of muck. (Rare Birds) is on the opposite end of the scale, light, witty, much more lively character to watch. This little gem of a movie got lost in the 9/11 murder-madness and went right to dvd and video. I am reviewing the DVD, which has a lot of info. on it.
William Hurt, John, " Kiss Of The spider Women ,"Altered States, is very funny as the (Off the beaten path restaurant gormet cook, owner.) Whose clientele is non existent? John is about to throw in the towel when his friend, Andy Jones(ll), (Phonce), comes up with an idea to get people for the restaurant.
He comes up with an idea of sighting a rare bird, Duck, in the ocean below the restaurant. The scheme and how they set it up is hilarious. Also Phonce has a paranoia re; people in motor homes and he thinks the're out to get him which is half right. There is a scene in a homemade submarine which Phonce built in his secret tunnel under his garage. A real hoot! There are frogmen, a CEO from a corp. trying to get an invention which Phonce's one time partner invented, sheet's of light hung up on clotheslines , with clothspins , in the tunnel.
The people start coming to eat, and John hires more staff and there is a love which develops between John and Alice. But things start to unravel and the laughs keep getting longer. The cinematography is great and the sun really does shine in New-Found-Land!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Intelligent Escapist Fare September 21, 2005
By Charlie
Why else to watch a film, except for an intelligent escape from the mundane; otherwise, one could simply recount one's day, write in one's diary, or read the friggin' newspaper, if that were literate or non-fiction. Let's not even talk about TV news; HBO is the most real thing on television. I happened across this movie on cable, while eating dinner. Do yourself a favor and take in this film; do others a favor and buy the DVD, to promote intelligent and thoughtful entertainment. I know I will. The cinematography alone is worth it, but, so is the acting, the writing, the imagination...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a Dull Moment June 22, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is going to be added to my video collection as soon as the price drops. William Hurt's performance is quite believable, as is that of Andy Jones. Hurt's character, Dave, is a restaurateur whose eating establishment is in an out of the way place on the bay; so out of the way that The Auk is going under for lack of business! Enter Phonce (Andy Jones). Phonce invites Dave over for a look at his "RSV" (recreational submarine vehicle) which he has been constructing in the WWII vintage tunnel that is on his property. Add to that the mystery surrounding the "svedtka" lamps which the Europeans left in his tunnel, and Phonce's plan to rescue Dave and the restaurant from bankruptcy, and POOF! - a grand scheme to spot a rare bird in the bay in front of The Auk, and bring in "birders" from everywhere. Birders who will, naturally, be very hungry. Very funny movie and heartwarming story. Great acting; zany characters. A must see, and after you've seen it once, you'll have to own it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 30, 2003
By A Customer
Unlike Shipping News, this movie shows Newfoundlanders for what they are - quirky, funny and lovable.
Not the usual plot, this story all takes place around a wooden bird and the hilarity that ensues when this bird (previously believed to be extinct) is spotted.
I couldn't stop laughing the whole time! If you enjoyed the original Austin Powers or Waking Ned Devine you will love the humor in this book turned movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pure delight ..... December 1, 2003
I came upon this little jewell on the recommendation of a friend and last night, Thanksgiving weekend, the whole family sat down and chuckled through the WHOLE film ... To have the whole group finish a complete film is amazing in itself ... since it's either the young ones or the old ones get bored half way through most of today's movie fave and slip out of the room...
The movie deals with the owner of a falgging sea coast resaurant, Dave (William Hurt) bemoaning to his neighbour, Phonce (Andy Jones) that he will have to close the place and move back to the city since his nuveau cuisine restaurant idea wasn't too polular at all. Course our whacky neighbour friend not only helps Dave concoct a wild story about and spotting extinct bird near the restaurant but then also takes our reluctant hero on a roller coaster ride adventure that includes secret lights, drugs, submarines, Winnebago spies, love .....
Oh yes, Molly Parker plays Phonce's the young sister in law Alice, who is visiting while wating for a scholarship, offering the shy hero of our movie an addeed dimension in this super great story ....
Definitely put this DVD on your list of movies your whole family will enjoy ... and in todays market of Matrixced out fare you will see this film over and over again ..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor entertainment
I was disappointed - I am a fan of William Hurt but this movie has nothing to recommend itself. I skipped through it hoping that maybe it would improve but it did not. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sissy Kirsteen
Loved the story. It was funny and serious at the same time. The scenery was impressive. LOVE CAN GROW IN STRANGE SITUATIONS.
Published 1 month ago by felix123
4.0 out of 5 stars A film that undeservedly slipped through the cracks.
Giving this film as a gift several times is my way of spreading the word about a film whose story, dialog, acting, and cinematography deserve attention with enjoyment the reward... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Sweney
5.0 out of 5 stars off beat comedy worthy of multiple viewings
I enjoy offbeat movies like this. If you have ever seen movies like "Waking Ned Devine" , you will find this just as enjoyable. See it at least twice...
Published 3 months ago by Mark Wistrand
5.0 out of 5 stars Our favourite Comedy!
This is a great movie set in Newfoundland . Very good acting and excellent humour. We have watched this movie many times and given it to our friends!
Published 4 months ago by john krall
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky in Newfoundland
Charming little story with odd characters. Could have benefited from rewriting, character development. The outside of the restaurant could not have contained the interior...
Published 6 months ago by Frederik Lentz
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-see movie for travelers to Newfoundland
Newfoundland is a rare and wonderful place. For travelers to Newfoundland who want to re-experience this spectacular Canadian province and its people, watch this movie! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Colleen Toussaint
5.0 out of 5 stars My Kind of Movie
Had this on VCR long long ago and loved it,
always been a Hurt fan and Molly's sexy as always!
fun, light, has all the drama one needs with sex and dope,
.. Read more
Published 7 months ago by airgunshooter
5.0 out of 5 stars A++++++++++++++
A+++++;Excellant Service and Response; Will Absolutely Use Again!!! Good Book, Glad I found you for this purchase. Thank You Again
Published 8 months ago by DWIGHT L ROBERTS
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my most favorite films of all time, no exaggeration
If all you care about is car chases and fight scenes, move along. On the other hand if you are a character and story person, you must not miss this quiet little film. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Guitar Johnny
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