Howard the Duck

1986

Howard the Duck

Critics Consensus

While it has its moments, Howard the Duck suffers from an uneven tone and mediocre performances.

15%

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Total Count: 48
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Director and co-screenwriter Willard Huyck has taken Steve Garber's abrasive, beer-drinking and cigar-smoking comic-book character and castrated him, turning him into a wide-eyed cutesy-pie available for the toy shelves. Huyck's Howard the Duck is a being from outer space, blown into Cleveland by an errant laser beam. After a few minutes on Earth, Howard runs into rock singer Beverly Switzler (Lea Thompson), and they become fast friends after Howard protects her from a couple of nasty punkers. The film then degenerates into an extended chase, as Howard and Beverly are pursued by government agents who want to capture Howard before he can be beamed back into space.

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Cast

Lea Thompson
as Beverly Switzler
Jeffrey Jones
as Dr. Walter Jenning
Tim Robbins
as Phil Blumburtt
Ed Gale
as Howard T. Duck
Chip Zien
as Howard T. Duck
Liz Sagal
as Ronette
Tim Rose
as Howard T. Duck
Steve Sleap
as Howard T. Duck
Tommy Swerdlow
as Ginger Moss
Peter Baird
as Howard T. Duck
Mary Wells
as Howard T. Duck
Lisa Sturz
as Howard T. Duck
Jordan Prentice
as Howard T. Duck
Jorli McClain
as Waitress
Michael Sandoval
as Club Owner
Sheldon Feldner
as Hot-Tub-Spa Owner
Lee Anthony
as Grossbach
Paul Comi
as Dr. Chapin
James Lashly
as State Trooper
Felix Silla
as Stunt Duck
Tom Parker
as TV Reporter
Debbie Lee Carrington
as Additional Ducks
Ed Holmes
as TV Duck Hunter
David Paymer
as Larry Scientist
Denny Delk
as Sergeant
Miguel Sandoval
as Cab Driver
Tom Rayhall
as Trucker
Thomas Dolby
as Bartender in Rock Club
John Fleck
as Pimples
William McCoy
as Skin Head
Steve Kravitz
as Lover Boy
Anne Tofflemire
as Lover Girl
Marcia Banks
as Mama Biker
Nancy Fish
as Bag Lady
Monty Hoffman
as Club Bouncer
Ted Kurtz
as Kirby
James Brady
as Tour Guide
Carol McElheney
as Screaming Woman
Richard Kiley
as the Cosmos
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