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Awfully Good Movies: Howard the Duck (Video)

12.07.2016

Howard the Duck (1986)
Director: Willard Hyuck
Stars: Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins

Next week, the STAR WARS saga continues with ROGUE ONE, so there's no better time to acknowledge the man who made this series possible, George Lucas, and the movie that began his downward spiral: 1986's HOWARD THE DUCK, starring Lea Thompson, Tim Robbins and Jeffrey Jones! When Lucas produced this adaptation of the cult Marvel comic book, with his AMERICAN GRAFFITI co-writers writing and directing, it seemed like a surefire recipe for success. But instead, HOWARD THE DUCK is now a name synonymous with the term "box office bomb", and when you have to sit through the actual movie, you'll probably agree that it deserves it. Between the unlikable hero, the labored comedy, and the unfocused plot, this movie is truly a "quack-tastrophe" (look, if the filmmakers get to make shitty duck puns, then so do I!). But at least we can look back upon this cinematic turd with relief, knowing that Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones and Howard the Duck are in the hands of Mr. Disney now, where Uncle George can never hurt them again.

And if you want to awaken the force of Awfully Good Movies, then let these links flow through you...

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And read Jason Adams' previous Awfully Good review of this flick HERE!

Extra Tidbit: George Lucas was expecting this movie to get him out of the debt he incurred after building his $50 million Skywalker Ranch, but after it bombed, he had to sell off some of his assets. One of them was the new CGI animation division of Lucasfilm, which he sold off to Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs at a price well above market value. This division would soon be better known as Pixar Animation Studios. That's right, you can thank HOWARD THE DUCK for creating Pixar...which is about all you need to thank this movie for.
Source: Joblo.com

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