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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 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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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 journey of a thousand miles begins with a single parrot. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Tia Texada plays Ruby; Benny's girlfriend. She also voices Lupe who is Paulie's girlfriend for a short time. Jay Mohr plays Benny and the voice of Paulie. So, the respective actors played two different couples. 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 »

Soundtracks

The Letter
Written by Wayne Carson Thompson (as Wayne Carson)
Performed by The Box Tops
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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5 April 2003 | by SweetBirdiSee all my reviews

Somehow, this movie manages to be invigorating, bittersweet, and heartwarming at the same time. Stars like Tony Shalhoub (from Providence) bring the tale to life. The story itself is inspiring. We see a desperate, up-and-down life through the most innocent eyes imaginable: a bird's.

Paulie begins his life as a baby parrot given to a little girl (played by Hallie Eisenberg, also known as the Pepsi girl) with a speech impediment. While she learns to speak correctly, so does Paulie. However, unlike most birds, he can speak and understand everything being said. The military father doesn't like the bird, so he is sent to a pawn shop and bought by an aging artist, Ivy. She teaches him manners, etc., while traveling across the country to find Paulie's owner. The movie continues with several twists of fate, until Paulie ends up at a laboratory where he is eventually hidden away in a basement, and found by a Russian custodian, who is touched by the bird's story. the plot is in keeping with the simple, metaphorical theme that language is a gift, and a curse. I would like to say that the soundtrack is astounding. A beautiful mixture of flute, digital base, and horns enhance the movie to the point of pure ecstasy. The sweeping camera angles and breathtaking scenery beautify the story even more. And, as a final remark, the puppetry is entirely believable. (Unlike in star wars, where Yoda resembles a Muppet) This film is one of my favorite movies, with the added remark that my wonderful parakeet of four years died recently. Overall, I give this movie **** out of four stars, two thumbs up, and a big hug.


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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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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