The Real Macaw (film)

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The Real Macaw
DVD cover
Directed by Mario Andreacchio
Produced by Margot McDonald
Screenplay by Bruce Hancock
Matthew Perry
Starring Jamie Croft
Deborra-Lee Furness
Joe Petruzzi
John Waters
Jason Robards
John Goodman
Gerry Connolly
Robert Coleby
Petra Yared
Nathan Kotzur
Kevin Hides
Penny Everingham
Murray Shoring
Daniel Murphy
Anna-Maria La Spina
Music by Bill Conti
Cinematography David Foreman
Edited by Edward McQueen-Mason
Adelaide Motion Picture Company
Becker Entertainment
Bellwether Films
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
24 September 1998
Running time
91 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)
Box office $741,876

The Real Macaw is a 1998 Australian adventure film written by Bruce Hancock and Matthew Perry and directed by Mario Andreacchio. It was produced by Becker Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was released on 24 September 1998 and released on VHS on 11 July 2000 by Paramount Home Video. It stars Jason Robards as Grandpa Girdis and John Goodman as the voice of Mac.

Plot summary[edit]

An ancient talking macaw named Mac, a blue and gold macaw becomes the saving grace for an elderly man threatened with a nursing home, when it is discovered that the talking bird knows the whereabouts of a buried treasure from its day with a pirate. His grandson decides to go off on the hunt only to discover that a resort now exists where the treasure is buried.


  • Jamie Croft as Sam Girdis
  • Deborra-Lee Furness as Beth Girdis
  • Joe Petruzzi as Rick Girdis
  • John Waters as Dr. Lance Hagen
  • Jason Robards as Grandpa Girdis
  • John Goodman as Mac the Parrot (US Version)
  • Gerry Connolly as Lou Rickets
  • Robert Coleby as Mr. St. John
  • Petra Yared as Kathy Girdis
  • Nathan Kotzur as Scarlatta
  • Kevin Hides as Business Man on Plane
  • Penny Everingham as Nurse Gimlet
  • Murray Shoring as Dr. Thompson
  • Daniel Murphy as Pet Store Owner/Mac the Parrot (Australian Version)
  • Anna-Maria La Spina as Museum Receptionist

Box office[edit]

The Real Macaw grossed $741,876 at the box office in Australia.[1]


Rotten Tomatoes gives The Real Macaw a 94% Audience Score.


Award Category Subject Result
DVD Exclusive Awards Best Supporting Actor Jason Robards Won
Best Original Score Bill Conti Nominated

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