Howard the Duck (film)

1986 film directed by Willard Huyck

Howard the Duck (renamed Howard: A New Breed of Hero in the U. K.) is a 1986 American science fiction comedy film.  The screenplay was originally intended to be an animated film based on the Marvel comic book of the same name, but the film adaptation became live action because of a contractual obligation.  Although there had been several t. v. adaptations of Marvel characters during the preceding twenty-one years, this was the first attempt at a theatrical release since the Captain America serial of 1944.

Written by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz;
Based on
Howard the Duck created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik;
Produced by Ian Bryce, Gloria Katz, Robert Latham Brown, and George Lucas; and
Directed by Willard Huyck.
More adventure than humanly possible.  (taglines)
  • But if that's the way you want it, then so long, duckie!
  • Come on, let's watch David Letterman.
  • I just can't resist your intense animal magnetism.
  • [to the Dark Overlord of the Universe possessing the body of Dr. Walter Jenning]  You'll get the cheque?
  • I don't know where you are now, but I hope you're happier there.  This world didn't treat you very good, but you saved it, didn't you?

Tommy Swerdlow


One of the Dark Overlords of the Universe

This Dark Overlord has possessed the body of Dr. Walter Jenning.

Phil Blumburtt





Phil Blumburtt: [attempting to analyze Howard]...This is amazing. Man's oldest fantasy! [imitating the SUPERMAN narrator] From across a sea of stars...Look! Up in the sky! It's...The Duck Who Fell to Earth!
Beverly Switzer: Phil, you've got to help us. Seriously, what are we gonna do here?
Phil: Nice Ducky. [squawking like Donald Duck] Me, Phil. You, Howard. We can be friends. Klaatu Barada Nikto!
Howard T. Duck: [annoyed and confused] Undoubtedly one of Earth's greatest minds here.
Beverly: Hey, Phil. Don't talk to him like that; he's just as smart as you are.
Howard: Oh, now I'm really depressed.
Phil: [into his microphone] Highly intelligent, perhaps even...Wait, that's it! We're about to see if the subject has any capabilities we don't normally find on Earth...Any "Superpowers", as it were? Howard! [he produces a steel bar and holds it out to Howard] Can you bend this?
Howard: What are you, crazy or something? [The bar clatters to the floor]
Phil: [produces a 2X4 and holds it in front of Howard's face] Howard, can you burn a hole through this with some kind of eye-laser?
Howard: Hey, you wanna see powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal ducks? What say I bite your nose off with my super-bill!
Phil: Howard, quit holding out! I want you to concentrate and read my mind!
Howard: Right. You're thinking..."They know I'm a phony. They know I'm a yo-yo." Tell me if I'm warm on any of these, Phil. [Beverly giggles]
Phil: Next, I want you to look into the future and tell me what you see!
Howard: I see...Myself, walking out that door! [He departs, with Beverly in tow]

Phil:  [coming backstage]  Sorry I missed the show.  I came with a pizza—[sees Howard]  Howard!  [speaks duck gibberish]
Beverley:  …vey.

Dr. Walter Jenning:  In the lab that night, we saw a single feather fall.  We weren't aware that the rest of you, Howard, had landed in that alley just two miles away.  Any questions?
Howard:  Yeah.  Where are my pants?

Lieutenant WelkerYou are going to go play sitting duck in a jail cell.
Cop:  Lieutenant, what's the charge, sir?
WelkerIllegal alien.

HowardAlright, that's how it starts!  police brutality!
Beverly:  [to cop]  Hey, stop manhandling him!

Dr. Jenning:  Feels like something inside me…gnawing at my guts…what's wrong with me?
Beverly:  Well, what did you have for lunch?

Dr. Jenning:  I'm dead.
Dark Overlord:  Yes, you are.
Howard:  You think that's funny, Jenning?
Dark Overlord:  I am not Dr. Jenning any more!  The transformation is complete!  I am now someone else!
Howard:  Try telling that to your insurance company.

Hostess:  I'm sorry, we don't allow pets on the premises.
Howard:  Hey!  Have a heart!  Seeing-eye duck.

Dark Overlord:  I told you, bird brain, I am not Jenning any more!  I am one of the Dark Overlord of the Universe!
Beverly:  Dark Overlord of the Universe?
Howard:  That must be quite a responsibility.

Dark Overlord:  Soon, the Dark Overlords will engulf the EarthNothing human will remain here.
Howard:  Oh, yeah?  Well, nothing duck's remaining here, either.

BeverlyHoward may be a duck, but you people are animals!  He's my boyfriend!  [crowd quiets]
Trucker:  That's disgusting!
Crowd:  Yeah!  [becomes rowdy again]
Beverly:  You're not making me proud to be a human!




Actors portraying the ducks
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