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Movie synopsis
Chef Dave Purcell (William Hurt) is at the end of his rope--his marriage has just ended and his restaurant is failing miserably. Luckily for Dave, his wacky, scheming neighbor and friend, Alphonse (Andy Jones), has cooked up a scheme to drum up business for his eatery. After the two men fake the sighting of a rare bird near the restaurant, hungry birdwatchers are soon lining up in droves! In the spirt of LOCAL HERO, director Sturla Gunnarsson populates this small Newfoundland town with eccentric, yet believable characters, creating a tight balance of sweetness and comedy.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Film Country: USA
  • Features: Letterboxed
  • Sound: Stereo Sound
  • UPC: 031398802525

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Director:Sturla Gunnarsson
Leading Role:William Hurt
eBay Product ID: EPID3379736

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"...A sweetheart of a film, whimsical and touching..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (10/03/2003)

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Created: 07/29/06

When All Else Fails, Make an Omelet

Review For: Rare Birds (DVD, 2002)

William Hurt is such an odd, brooding dude, but I've enjoyed him in so many different movies that I tried this film.

Hurt plays a chef/restaurateur in a very isolated area on Newfoundland's coast. Though not divorced, the marriage is as rocky as his own backyard and his wife has moved to Washington, DC. His restaurant is failing badly -- so badly that he doesn't even bother to cook anything because he knows no one is coming anyhow. His friend 'Phonse (Andy Jones) hatches a plan to boost business by claiming sighting of a near extinct duck in the wild waters down rocky crags from the restaurant.

One thing turns into another and it gets pretty convoluted but and is pretty funny in places. Hurt remains brooding to the end but I mostly enjoyed this film.

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