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The Real Macaw (1998)

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An ancient talking macaw named Mac 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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Mario Andreacchio

Writers:

Bruce Hancock (screenplay), Matthew Perry (screenplay)
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Croft ... Sam Girdis
Deborra-Lee Furness ... Beth Girdis
Joe Petruzzi Joe Petruzzi ... Rick Girdis
John Waters ... Dr. Lance Hagen
Jason Robards ... Grandpa Girdis
John Goodman ... Mac (voice)
Gerry Connolly Gerry Connolly ... Lou Rickets
Robert Coleby ... Mr. St. John
Petra Yared Petra Yared ... Kathy Girdis
Nathan Kotzur Nathan Kotzur ... Scarlatta
Kevin Hides Kevin Hides ... Businessman on Plane
Penny Everingham Penny Everingham ... Nurse Gimlet
Murray Shoring ... Dr. Thompson
Daniel Murphy Daniel Murphy ... Pet Store Owner
Anna-Maria La Spina Anna-Maria La Spina ... Museum Receptionist (as Anna Maria La Spina)
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Storyline

An ancient talking macaw named Mac 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 days 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. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Big Secret. Big Mouth. Big Trouble ! See more »

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Family | Adventure

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1999 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Coco le perroquet qui en savait trop See more »

Filming Locations:

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Budget:

AUD 5,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

According to visual effects house Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) in South Australia, their challenge for this film was "the film needed a digital bird to perform when the real Macaw couldn't or wouldn't." Their solution was "a 3D parrot that was integrated into the scenes via motion control and motion tracking. By squashing the bird onto a flat bed scanner we were able to extract the textures. If only!". See more »

Quotes

Mac: Stop repeating everything I say. I'm the parrot!
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Charming family movie
24 July 2004 | by jimnesieSee all my reviews

In a day and age when sex, violence and junk is sold to us as being entertainment, this movie shines like a beacon of wholesomeness. The story is fantasy, but the characterizations were charming. This is the kind of movie our children should be seeing. Adults might find it to be too simple of a story for their taste, it certainly does not have any "snob appeal". I liked it so much that I bought a copy for my grandchildren to view. They have watched it several times and always ask to see it again. It is not full of loud nonsensical noise as you would find in a lot of the cartoon and children's features that are being offered today. And it has enough appeal for parents to watch the movie along with the kids.


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