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Duck Soup (1933)

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80

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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In this 1933 Marx Brothers film, the mythical country of Freedonia is broke and on the verge of revolution. Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont), Freedonia's principal benefactress, will lend the country 20 million dollars if the president withdraws and places the government in the hands of the "fearless, progressive" Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx). At his inauguration, Firefly shows up late, insults everyone in sight, and sings a song about how he intends to abuse his power. Naturally, the crowd

Unrated,

Classics, Comedy

Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Arthur Sheekman, Nat Perrin

Oct 10, 2000

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (3) | DVD (11)

Duck Soup should make practically everybody laugh.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The Marx Brothers' best movie...

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It also includes what is perhaps the Brothers' funniest scene ever: an immaculately timed and performed sequence with a broken mirror in which Groucho, Chico and Harpo look absolutely identical. A masterpiece.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This production is, for the most part, extremely noisy without being nearly as mirthful as [the Marx brothers'] other films.

May 20, 2003 | Comments (3)
New York Times
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The Marx Brothers created a body of work in which individual films are like slices from the whole, but Duck Soup (1933) is probably the best.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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...a glaring example of the element of the Marx Brothers' comedy that's always bothered me: the reliance on insults and cruelty.

February 18, 2013 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

One of the funniest movies of the Marx brothers--and of the Depression era.

April 17, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Nonstop classic Marx Bros. mayhem kids will love.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Watch for the famous "mirror scene" in which Harpo--dressed as Groucho--matches Groucho's every movement in a non-existent mirror--pure comic genius.

May 27, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Melhor longa da carreira dos irmãos Marx, o filme é uma verdadeira metralhadora giratória, disparando diálogos precisamente construídos e gags físicas inesquecíveis com uma rapidez invejável ainda nos dias de hoje.

March 16, 2009
Cinema em Cena

Comic anarchy at its very best. This one just keeps getting better.

April 18, 2008
KPBS.org

This Marxist masterpiece is also one of greatest military satires ever made.

June 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

...detractors of the quartet will find very little here to embrace...

February 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (2)
Reel Film Reviews

Funny classic comedy.

September 2, 2005
7M Pictures

The magnificent Marx Brothers at their funniest and most chaotic.

July 30, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

The Marx Brothers high water mark in film.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The last time the Marxes were allowed to be completely lawless and eternally centre-stage.

January 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Duck Soup is the closest thing to pure anarchy on film.

November 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The film's humor might be broad and low, but sometimes a bludgeon is just funnier than a gimlet.

November 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Unpredictable, hilarious, and completely deranged. Duck Soup is without doubt the distillation of everything that the Marx Brothers claimed as their own.

June 1, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC

Not prime Marxism, but darned funny.

December 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Sublime!

November 13, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Audience Reviews for Duck Soup

Dispite the short duration of it and the lack of more informations about McCarey's storytelling, Duck Soup is one of the finest Marx Brothers film. Laugh out loud all the 69 minutes. Groucho presents the most unforgettable character of his career, Rufus T. Firefly, that sometimes remember Chaplin's The Great Dictator, a few Three Stooges shorts and we can see too the clear influence that Rufus had in Sacha Baron Cohen's Admiral General Aladeen. Fresh.
December 5, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

The best movie to see on election night! Freedonia rules. Rufus Firefly for president.
November 7, 2012
Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

Rufus T. Firefly is announced as the new leader of bankrupt Freedonia, but will his penchant for insulting everyone he meets ignite a war? Anarchic, consistently funny (almost every single line Groucho utters is an instant classic), lightlky satirical, and it features the famous mirror sequence; probably the greatest of all the Marx Brothers movies.
April 9, 2012
366weirdmovies
Greg S

Super Reviewer

Best Marx bros film, both a political satire and a non-stop marathon of slapstick and verbal humour. Rufus T Firefly's lines are hillarious and very quotable.
August 6, 2011
DragonEyeMorrison
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

    1. Mrs. Teasdale: Victory is ours!
    – Submitted by Alex K (19 months ago)
    1. Rufus T. Firefly: Go, and never darken my towels again!
    – Submitted by Alex K (19 months ago)
    1. Rufus T. Firefly: I wonder whatever became of me? I should have been back here a long time ago.
    – Submitted by Alex K (19 months ago)
    1. Rufus T. Firefly: I could dance with you till the cows come home. On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows when you came home.
    – Submitted by Alex K (19 months ago)
    1. Rufus T. Firefly: How do you like that? I haven't been on the job five minutes, and already she's making advances to me.
    – Submitted by Alex K (19 months ago)
    1. Rufus T. Firefly: Gentlemen, Chicolini here may talk like an idiot, and look like an idiot. But don't let that fool you: he really is an idiot.
    – Submitted by Zev B (21 months ago)
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