Howard the Duck

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In this sci-fi comedy from executive producer George Lucas, Howard the Duck is an extra-terrestrial fowl who is accidentally beamed to earth by physicist Dr. Jenning (Jeffrey Jones) and his assistant Phil (Tim Robbins). The two go looking for Howard and find him in the home of Beverly Switzer (Lea Thompson), who was rescued by the interstellar duck from some mean-looking thugs. Beverly and Phil are friends, and when the government finds out about Howard, she helps Phil and Dr. Jenning hide him from the authorities until they can zap him back home. In the meantime, several wild chases and spectacular special effects keep the picture rolling along.~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide


  • Lea Thompson
  • Jeffrey Jones
  • Tim Robbins
  • Ed Gale
  • Chip Zien
  • Tim Rose
  • Steve Sleap
  • Peter Baird
  • Mary Wells
  • Lisa Sturz

Did You Know?


  • In a 1986 interview in "Star Hits" magazine, singer Belinda Carlisle stated that she auditioned for a role in the film.
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  • (at around 1h 9 mins) During the diner scene when Dr. Walter Jenning (while being the Dark Lord) sends the man through the window with his energy and the guy lands on a car, you can see that a wire that is attached to the guy.
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    • [Howard is being strip-searched]
    • Howard T. Duck: On my planet, we never say die, we say... NOT MY SHORTS! You perverts!
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There's good stuff around the edges of the film -- all that word play and all those visual gags demand that you pay attention lest you miss something even in the slow scenes. But at the center, no magic. [01 Aug 1986, p.D1]

Metacritic review by Bill Cosford
Bill Cosford
Miami Herald