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Paulie - DTS
Paulie - DTS
Actors: Gena Rowlands, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Bruce Davison, Trini Alvarado
Director: John Roberts
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
PG     1999     1hr 31min

The human beings are almost as interesting as the title character in this surprisingly subtle and engaging film about the cross-country adventures of a smart-mouthed parrot. As director John Roberts deploys the footage, t...  more »


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Actors: Gena Rowlands, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Bruce Davison, Trini Alvarado
Director: John Roberts
Creators: Tony Pierce-Roberts, Allison Lyon Segan, Gary Levinsohn, Ginny Nugent, Mark Gordon, Michele Weisler, Laurie Craig
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, 3-6 Years, 7-9 Years, 10-12 Years, Comedy, Family Films
Studio: Dreamworks Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/06/1999
Original Release Date: 04/17/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 04/17/1998
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Lets hear it for the boy
David G. Smith | Fairfax, CA United States | 08/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I sat at my computer as my son watched Paulie, which I thought was going to be a silly.; stupid movie(ie amazon has it paired up with mouse hunt as a combo deal) . At first it did seem like a typical goofy talking animal thing...but at some oint I found myself glued to the piece...this is a movie that can be kind of dumb, but also dares to be smart, sensitive entertainment. There are great contributions throughout, funny lines, and a sentimental moment or two. The tone of the movie is much more reverant and lovely than I thought it would be.
Again, if it wasn't for my son, these movies would never exist is my psyche....this is a nice little movie...let's hear it for nice."
Elaine J. Campbell | Rancho Mirage, CA United States | 03/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am an adult. No children. Not a fan of animated films (didn't much like "Babe"). That said, this film completely captivated me and even left me believing in the enduring power of love and the great importance of it in our topsy-turvy world.

Bought it on a fluke after reading a few reviews while surfing [...]. Didn't expect much. Got everything.

I highly recommend it, both for adults and children (what a perfect film for a family to watch together), and here's why.

Oh, where to start. I would start with the fact that the most perfect voice was chosen to be our talking, and very smart, albeit sad, Paulie. Actor Jay Morh (the voice) also plays a role in the film very well indeed. His voice as a human is completely different than that of Paulie's, which shows this actor's talented skill.

Now what else do we have. A script which is entirely unpredictable. There is nothing trite, no cliches, the screenwriting (by Laurie Craig) is at its best, original and highly creative.

The story, well, it flows along, happy at times and sometimes sad. Sometimes very, very happy, and sometimes very, very sad. But the outcome is one of the most beautiful and sensitive scenes I have ever seen in any film.

The acting: one of the country's most sterling actresses, Gena Rowlands, excels in her role as an eccentric, impulsive, loving and honest woman who befriends Paulie to the max. I believe the other great performance in the film was given by Tony Shalhoub, who has gone on to such great success since the making of this film. On watching "Paulie," one can easily see why. His performance is sensitive and touching, honest and just plain admirable.

Also, great commendations to the film's director, John Roberts, for finding the truth within himself to direct a story with such integrity.

And let's not forget the 14 conures, all who play Paulie with such poignant believability, or the dancing ensemble of conures who perform a musical routine (even in costume) as well as humans could do it.

Have a good time with this one, no matter how old you are. It's actually insprirational, although it hits the highest mark in all areas!

A Truly Delightful Surprise
littleghost | Los Angeles, California United States | 01/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This wonderful little movie is a truly delightful surprise. Paulie's experiences with love, loss, and courage brought me to tears several times during the movie. Paulie's vulnerability will tug at the heart-strings of animal lovers. And, as in "Fly Away Home" and "Winged Migration," the scenes of Paulie in glorious flight are beautiful and moving."
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 10/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Lost in the shuffle with BABE, PAULIE is a marevelously entertaining, heart-tugging little film that I found thoroughly entertaining. Paulie (well voiced by Jay Mohr, who also plays Benny) is a talking parrot whose adventures are relayed to a Russian immigrant (the marvelous Tony Shalhoub). After being booted out of the house of his owner, the young Marie, Paulie is taken in by a widow (splendid Gena Rowlands) and has other misadventures including a brief stint as a singing parrot with Cheech Marin. Bruce Davison (Willard, Longtime Companion) is the scientist who goes back on his promise to help Paulie locate his Marie; Trini Alvarado has a brief but important role in the movie's climax. But it is the ingenious voice casting of Mohr and the strong presence of Rowlands, Marin and Shalhoub that makes PAULIE such a delightful film for the whole family!!!"