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Paulie (1998)

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Paulie, a talking parrot, recounts his travels looking for his original owner to a Russian janitor who helps him to the end of his journey.

Director:

John Roberts

Writer:

Laurie Craig
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gena Rowlands ... Ivy
Tony Shalhoub ... Misha Vilyenkov
Cheech Marin ... Ignacio
Bruce Davison ... Dr. Reingold
Trini Alvarado ... Adult Marie Alweather
Jay Mohr ... Benny / Paulie (voice)
Buddy Hackett ... Artie
Hallie Eisenberg ... Marie Alweather (as Hallie Kate Eisenberg)
Matt Craven ... Warren Alweather
Bill Cobbs ... Virgil the Janitor
Tia Texada ... Ruby / Lupe (voice)
Laura Harrington ... Lila Alweather
Peter Basch Peter Basch ... Graduate Student #1
Emily Mura-Smith ... Graduate Student #2
Hal Robinson Hal Robinson ... Grandpa
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Storyline

Paulie, an intelligent parrot who actually talks, relates the story of his struggle to a Russian immigrant who works as a janitor at the research institute where he is housed and neglected. Paulies story begins many years earlier when he is given as a gift to a little girl who stutters. Eventually, he teaches the girl to speak correctly but is taken away by her father because he believes the girl cannot distinguish fantasy from reality because she believes the bird can talk. Paulie goes through a series of adventures with a pawn shop owner, an ageing widow, a Mexican-American troubadour and a would be thief before being taken to the institute where he now lives. Written by <lodger13@iwl.net>

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The Bird is the Word See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Polly, a Parrot's Tail See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,369,800, 19 April 1998

Gross USA:

$26,875,268

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,875,268
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tim Allen was considered for the role of Paulie. See more »

Goofs

In various different scenes, Paulie's wings are seen to be clipped. Any scenes where he isn't flying, his primary feathers have been clipped, you can see when he opens his wings out. Later in the film they say they are clipping his primary feathers but up until then, he is supposed to have had unclipped wings. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Misha reports for work, it is dark and raining]
Virgil the Janitor: The agency told you you had to pay for your own uniforms, right ?
Misha: Yes, I to buy with money from job.
Virgil the Janitor: No, no, no. You can't start the job without a uniform.
Misha: But how to buy when not been paid ?
Virgil the Janitor: You don't have any money ?
Misha: No. This is why I take job. To make money. This is why I come to America. To be a big shoot.
Virgil the Janitor: Shot. Big shot.
Misha: I try not to live in past, only present tense since I come to America.
[...]
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Connections

Features The Birds (1963) See more »

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Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Broke my heart, tickled my funnybone.
10 April 2000 | by anita-24See all my reviews

I gladly admit it, I own a copy of this movie. My 3 year old daughter and I watch it frequently. We also enjoy the "Marie" Pepsi commercials, as a result of this movie. But I almost didn't buy it, because I was afraid it would break my heart. I raised a parrot that looked a lot like Paulie, and I could never bring myself to see the movie because I missed my bird so much. Sure enough, when I saw it the first time, I cried all the way through, because I loved Paulie's heart. And I laughed so hard through my tears that I couldn't remember if I was laughing or crying. I found myself singing along with the birds at the taco stand, and I knew I had to see it again. And again. So I bought the movie, and got my little girl hooked. Sure, I still cry at some of the really sad parts, but I laugh more than ever, and I'm brushing up my Spanish at the same time! If you've ever loved an animal or a child, see this movie.


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