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Rare Birds (2001)




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Iceland-born Canadian filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson spins this offbeat comedy about fine food and feathered friends. The owner of a failing gourmet eatery in a small Newfoundland town, Dave Purcell (William Hurt) is about to throw in the towel. As he raids his wine cellar and nurses his sorrows, his wacky friend Alphonse Murphy (Andy Jones) hatches a scheme to save the restaurant. They announce a faked sighting of a rare bird in the restaurant's vicinity, and soon bird watchers and even celebrities are pouring into the establishment. Dave's restaurant is so busy, in fact, that he hires Alphonse's shapely sister-in-law, Alice (Molly Parker), and in less time than it takes to burn a soufflé, romantic sparks are flying between the two. Unfortunately, Alphonse's schemes aren't limited to ornithological fraud. He has some hackneyed plan involving a submarine and a pile of cocaine that could bring down all that Dave has built. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.

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Andy Jones
as Alphonse
Michael Chaisson
as Dr. Tomlinson
Barry Newhook
as Caller No. 1
Laura Tobin
as Girl No. 1
Maggie Meyer
as Girl No. 2
Frankie O'Neil
as Brit Woman
George Jonas
as Dr. Hans Spiedal
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Critic Reviews for Rare Birds

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Whimsical and touching.

October 3, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Rendered bland and frustrating by its endless attempts to make the odd odder.

October 2, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The movie keeps coming back to the achingly unfunny Phonce and his several silly subplots.

October 4, 2002 | Rating: 2/4
Top Critic

With Rare Birds, as with The Shipping News before it, an attempt is made to transplant a Hollywood star into Newfoundland's wild soil -- and The Rock once again resists the intrusion.

March 1, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Even if you don't know a wren from a grackle, there are pleasures here.

May 23, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Rare Birds

Cute little film set in a sleepy Newfoundland town that is set upon by outsiders all in searchof an elusive bird. Touching with good character interaction.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Shot in beautiful Newfoundland by Icelandic director Sturla Gunnarsson. Based on the novel by Canadian Edward Riche, who also wrote the screenplay. Stars Molly Parker, a wonderful Canadian actress.

Laura Cameron
Laura Cameron

Super Reviewer

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