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99 minutes – Comedy/Drama
Release date: September 9, 2001 (TIFF)
Canadian distributor: Lions Gate Entertainment

Rare Birds is based on the novel by Edward Riche, who also wrote the screenplay. The story is set in a small outport in Newfoundland and comes pretty close to being a buddy movie. William Hurt plays Dave Purcell, a man seemingly at the end of everything. He figures his marriage is just about over since his wife left for a job in Washington and his restaurant, The Auk, like the ill-fated bird for which it was named, has never really taken off. With not much to look forward to a disheartened and desperate Dave decides to consume the rare delights of his well-stocked wine cellar and larder before the bank seizes the assets. But Dave`s neighbour and best friend is one Phonse Murphy, perfectly played by Andy Jones. Phonse dreams up a rather mad yet darkly ingenious scheme to save the restaurant. They will announce the sighting of an extremely rare duck and once the news services spread the word, avid bird watchers from all over the world should, pardon the pun, flock to the area. And that`s exactly what happens. So much so that Dave needs extra help and brings in Phonse’s sister-in-law, Alice (Molly Parker) to help run the place. Everything seems to be going swimmingly except Phonse has been quite entrepreneurial in areas far beyond the restaurant business. In fact, he’s been involved in the salvage of some cocaine that was dumped at sea, and to that end he’s built a secret submarine. This garners the kind of attention no one wants. And what Dave fears the most is all that attention may expose his rare bird hoax.



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Crew:
Producer: Paul Pope
Janet York
Executive Producer:

Sam Feldman
Jeff Sackman

Associate Producer:

Tamara Shannon

Director:

Sturla Gunnarsson

Screenwriter:

Edward Riche

Cinematographer:

Jan Kiesser

Editor:

Jeff Warren

Composer:

Jonathan Goldsmith

Production Designer:

Pam Hall

Costume Designer:

Jeanie Kimber

Cast:Roles:

William Hurt
Andy Jones
Molly Parker
Sheila McCarthy
Bryan Hennessey
Leah Lewis
Vicky Hynes
Greg Malone
Michael Chiasson
Laura Tobin
Maggie Meyer
Frankie O’Neill
Lawrence Barry
Todd Perrin
Deidre Gillard-Rowlings
Matthew Clarke
John Moyes
Pete Soucy
George Jonas
Mark Critch
Mack Furlong
Barry Newhook

Dave
Phonce
Alice
Claire
Cortini
Bette
Deb
Buster Bartlett
Dr. Jack Tomlinson
Girl #1
Girl #2
Brit Woman
Hooligan
Cook
Waitress
Bartender
Male Diner
Bystander
Dr. Hans Spiedal
Dougie
Car Man
Hostage