Howard The Duck


(out of 5)

One of the most famous bombs in movie history, and rightly so.  George Lucas truly laid an egg when this multimillion dollar adaptation of the Marvel Comics character hit screens and failed immediately with audiences and critics alike.  It’s an unwatchable, unlovable mess about a smart-mouthed, bipedal duck from another planet who is transported to Earth against his will.  He meets up with a cute rock singer (), is studied by a geeky scientist () and discovers that his duty is to help save humanity from an alien invader.  Hackneyed writing, charmless direction and a thoroughly unappetizing lead character, who wants to be wry but is mostly ugly and lewd, conspire for a torturous experience at the movies.  The duck’s costume alone cost two million dollars, but nothing looks like money in this debacle, and it inspires pity for everyone involved.

USA, 1986

Directed by

Screenplay by Willard Huyck, , based on the Marvel comics character by

Cinematography by

Produced by Gloria Katz

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cast Tags:  

Razzie Award Nomination
Worst Picture of the Decade

Razzie Awards
Worst Picture (tie)
Worst Screenplay (Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz)
Worst Visual Effects (Industrial Light and Magic)
Worst New Star (The Six Guys and Gals in the Duck Suit)

Worst Supporting Actor (Tim Robbins)
Worst Director (Willard Huyck)
Worst Original Song (“Howard The Duck”, Thomas Dolby, Allee Willis, George S. Clinton)



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