Rare Birds

Rare Birds

Score: 10 / 10
Released: March 1, 2002
Director: Sturla Gunnarsson
Producer: Paul Pope, Janet York
Studio: Lions Gate Films
Cast: William Hurt, Andy Jones, Molly Parker, Cathy Jones
Genre: Comedy
Length: 100 minutes
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Rare Birds Overview

For years, Dave Purcell (Hurt) has been running The Auk, a haute cuisine restaurant on a tiny Newfoundland inlet, and is ready to call it quits on his marriage and his business. All seems lost until Dave's neighbour, Alphonse Murphy (A. Jones), proposes a mad yet ingenious scheme to save The Auk. Alphonse convinces Dave to fabricate a sighting of a rare bird in the vicinity of the restaurant. The plan is a success and the restaurant is soon crawling with well-heeled gastronomes, vain celebrities and bellicose politicos.

Meanwhile, Alphonse has an agenda of his own, including the salvage of some cocaine and the secret manufacture of a "recreational submarine vehicle", the revelation of which threatens to expose Dave's bird hoax.