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Howard the Duck 1986

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From executive producer George Lucas and Marvel Comics comes this hilarious comedy about a fast-talking, cigar-chomping, beer-loving duck from a parallel universe who crashes to Earth.

Starring:
Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones
Runtime:
1 hour, 51 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Action, Comedy
Director Willard Huyck
Starring Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones
Supporting actors Tim Robbins, Ed Gale, Chip Zien, Tim Rose, Steve Sleap, Peter Baird, Mary Wells, Lisa Sturz, Jordan Prentice, Paul Guilfoyle, Liz Sagal, Dominique Davalos, Holly Robinson Peete, Tommy Swerdlow, Richard Edson, Miles Chapin, Richard McGonagle, Virginia Capers
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By David J. Brown on March 12, 2009
Format: DVD
This is a review for the 2009 American dvd special edition release.

This is one of the most well known, whether you've seen it or not, films of all time. 23 Years ago George Lucas was one of the hottest producer/writer/directors in Hollywood thanks to his involvement with the original Star Wars trilogy and Indiana Jones. Everything he touched turned to gold. He started his own sound and effects companies that revolutionised the business and the method in which films are made, and he still does that today. Then came the infamous Howard The Duck. Even when it was announced some were unsure why Lucas would gravitate to such an offbeat concept(originally an equally offbeat and satirical Marvel comic). Then, the reports of the budget and reshoots(which thanks to this edition, you find out was due to the limitations of the original Howard puppet) had the skeptics reeling even more. Every writer would make sure to note the huge budget of the film, as if it was relevant to anyone at all. I notice some reviewers here on Amazon seem to use how much a film cost to deride it or how much it made to champion it, as if that says anything about the film itself. Independence Day was and is a terrible film but it made a tons of money when it was released. The true test of a good film or a film that trancends is time.

It's been over twenty years since Howard The Duck graced the silver screen and became one of the biggest and, apparently, most expenssive flops of all time. Everyone seems to know this movie. New generations who watched it on cable don't know a damn thing about the film's reviews or status back in the 80's and just take it for what it is: an extremely silly, farcical, goofy, sci-fi,fish out of water comedy, action adventure, horror movie.
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I understand why someone who is looking for a great film would be disappointed. Howard the Duck is no Saving Private Ryan or English Patient. Thankfully not all films are or we'd be really bored. What Howard The Duck IS is entertaining. It's a guy in a duck suit...so what? It's pretty funny and refreshingly enjoyable to watch. It is a well made B-movie...so if you look at it on that level then it's a lot of fun. And it's not helpful to compare the film which is aimed at a young audience to the comic which was very adult. Two different things entirely...really, if there were enough fans of the comic (and I'm one) then there would be a new, adult version of Howard. I don't see that happening. So enjoy the film for what it is. I hope the DVD does it justice.
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Personally I'm a big fan of bad sci-fi. And this is probably the best of the worst, aside from MST3K: The Movie, Plan 9 from Outer Space and Invasion of the Saucer Men.

YES, it's cheesy!
YES, it's 80's. VERY 80's...
YES, it's awkward!
YES, it probably wouldn't be deemed appropriate for children these days with various sexual references, etc.
YES, it's not one of George Lucas' best works.
But, YES I still love it anyway.

It's just that right blend of tongue-in-cheek humor, occasionally really bad acting (intentionally, I think), goofy special effects (hey, it was the 80's, give it a break)...

But, it's not for everyone, as one can tell from the various reviews hereabouts. People either seem to love it or hate it. Much the same way it was when it originally aired in theaters...

For some it's simply a guilty pleasure to watch something so horrendously bad...
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'Howard the Duck' is not the best movie ever made, but it certainly isn't deserving of the abysmal reputation it has as one of the 50 worst films ever. On the contrary, it's an entertaining (although incredibly unrealistic) comedy-action film that has some of the best special effects seen in a film since before the CGI era. HtD is notorious for being the film that forced George Lucas to sell the fledgling computer animation divison of ILM to Apple, which would eventually become the ultra-successful Pixar.

'Howard the Duck' is an enjoyable film with a simple premise and great cast including Jeffery Jones, Lea Thompson (who didn't love her back then?), and a then unknown Tim Robbins who steals the show as the goofy scientist wannabe Phil. The comedy is hokey at times but manages to generate a laugh here and there, even after repeated viewings with some surprisingly effective scare moments that can be downright frightening for some, and although the fashion and music trends don't hold up, it is still a nice time capsule look at the day-glow synthesizer and Aqua Net soaked hair metal period of the mid 1980's.

All in all, definitely NOT one of the 50 worst films ever made (I can name more than 50 right now that are much, much worse), and it's a film that deserves much more praise than it has been given.
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Ask anyone who lived in the 80's if they remember Howard the Duck and they all would say yes.They all would tell you they remember laughing themselves silly and watching it religiously meaning at least twice a day. The truth is who really cares about whether the plot was good or not? It was meant to be a feel good movie and something positive for kids to watch. And if this movie comes out on DVD they will buy it because Howard was the man and everyone who lived in the 80's remembers Howard the Duck and his aspirations of saving the world. This movie is a must see for my children.Thats why I need it on DVD.
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