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Rare Birds

3.4 out of 5 stars 452 customer reviews

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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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  • 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: Multiple Formats, 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:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (452 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000639HO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,959 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rare Birds" on IMDb

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By L. J Nary on 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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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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Thanks to Amazon Prime, I just discovered this movie. When I saw that William Hurt was in it, I decided to give it a try. I remembered him from the movie Accidental Tourist where his understated method of acting was superbly well received.

He is not a disappointment in this movie either. The movie is filmed and set in Newfoundland. Having met Newfies in my own travels (and I mean this in a loving way) I found them to be wild, colorful and thinking off the beaten path as if they live on their own special planet that sees rhyme and reason different from those of us excluded from being a native of their island.

This movie is thoroughly entertaining and engaging with the weird wild wackiness of incredible but believable characters. The movie is so well done I could smell the ocean, taste the fish, savor the wine. William Hunt and the other actors serve up well defined eccentric characters. There is a lot of subtle comedy involved and the harebrained antics of the characters remind me of some of the colorful personalities I have met that hailed from Newfoundland.

I thoroughly enjoyed this fresh story that is unrivaled, unduplicated and whimsically entertaining.

I give it 5 tars for the unique and enjoyable entertainment value. It's a movie I could see again and again every year and still laugh out loud.
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The setting was beautiful; there were some imaginative ideas but the story fell flat for me. The main character never stopped drinking; he could almost not talk even though he could act when called upon. A young girl took an interest in him but it would never work; he is too old and burnt out for her. He seemed too dithery; she was just starting out in life as an architecture student, he seemed as though he had gotten to the end of his rope and she was his last hope. The pervasive profanity always detracts; it kills all sensitivity of expression. The careless immorality ignores the truth of what leads to happiness. I did not find it funny; it seemed dreary to me.
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By A Customer on July 28, 2002
Format: DVD
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!!
ciao yaaah69
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