Rare Birds

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Rare Birds
Rare birds poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sturla Gunnarsson
Produced by Paul Pope
Janet York
Written by Edward Riche
Starring William Hurt
Molly Parker
Music by Jonathan Goldsmith
Cinematography Jan Kiesser
Edited by Jeff Warren
Distributed by Filmax Home Video (2005) (Spain) (DVD)
Kinowelt Home Entertainment (Germany)
Lions Gate Entertainment
Shadow Distribution Inc.
Studio Home Entertainment
Release date
Running time
99 mins.
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $5,000,000 (estimate)

Rare Birds is a 2001 Canadian comedy/drama film. It was directed by Sturla Gunnarsson and written by Edward Riche based on his novel. The film features spectacular scenery from Cape Spear, Newfoundland, Canada. It also features music by The Pogues and characteristic Canadian Maritime musicians such as Ashley MacIsaac.


Dave (Hurt) has had some bad luck recently. His wife (McCarthy) lives in Washington, DC, his restaurant, the Auk is not doing good business. Phonse (Jones) helps Dave by making up a story about a rare bird (Tasker’s Sulphureous) sighting which begins to help Dave's business. Phonse has been working on a prototype Recreational Submarine Vehicle (RSV) and is concerned that the Winnebago company is conducting industrial espionage and trying to steal his plans. Phonse also finds ten kilos of cocaine and tries to get rid of it with the help of Dave. Dave falls in love with Alice (Parker), Phonse's sister-in-law, a girl from Gull Tickle.


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