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Paulie

  • Family
  • Action
  • 1998
  • John Roberts
  • 87 mins
  • U

Summary

Comedy adventure about an intelligent talking parrot called Paulie, starring Gena Rowlands. While caged in the basement of a research laboratory, Paulie relates his adventures to a friendly Russian janitor.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Refreshingly free from gratuitous pyrotechnics and sentimental moralising (well, almost), this fine-feathered blend of Black Beauty and The Incredible Journey should prove a playground talking point. Such is the technical ingenuity that, for much of the time, it's impossible to tell whether we're looking at one of the 14 blue-crown conure parrots specially trained for the film or an animatronic replica, created by Michael "Tony" Meagher and his special-effects team. Yet, this film is so much more than just a technical triumph - it also has a heart and a sly sense of humour (where else would you see a parrot cheering on the winged attackers while watching Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds on TV?). Paulie (voiced by Jay Mohr) lives in the basement of an animal study institute, and how he got there and why he's so desperate to find the little girl he helped cure of a stammer form the basis of the story, as told to the building's Russian janitor (Tony Shalhoub). However, there are many engaging diversions along the way, as painter Gena Rowlands tries to teach the cocky bird some manners, Cheech Marin introduces him to his singing circus and scientist Bruce Davison tries to steal the secret of his voice. Mohr even crops up in human form - as a petty criminal whose credit-card scam lands Paulie behind bars. There are longueurs, but this mostly flies by.

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Credits

Cast

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IvyGena Rowlands
MishaTony Shalhoub
IgnacioRichard "Cheech" Marin
Dr ReingoldBruce Davison
Paulie / BennyJay Mohr
Adult MarieTrini Alvarado
ArtieBuddy Hackett
MarieHallie Kate Eisenberg

Crew

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DirectorJohn Roberts

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Released on
1998-07-24
Languages
English | Spanish
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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