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Rare Birds is a 2001 Canadian comedy/drama film. It was directed by Sturla Gunnarsson and written by Edward Riche based on his novel. The film features spectacular scenery from Cape Spear, Newfoundland, Canada. It also features music by The Pogues and characteristic Canadian Maritime musicians such as Ashley MacIsaac.

Rare Birds
Rare birds poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySturla Gunnarsson
Produced byPaul Pope
Janet York
Written byEdward Riche
StarringWilliam Hurt
Molly Parker
Music byJonathan Goldsmith
CinematographyJan Kiesser
Edited byJeff Warren
Distributed byFilmax Home Video (2005) (Spain) (DVD)
Kinowelt Home Entertainment (Germany)
Lions Gate Entertainment
Shadow Distribution Inc.
Studio Home Entertainment
Release date
Running time
99 mins.
Budget$5,000,000 (estimate)


Dave (Hurt) has had some bad luck recently. His wife (McCarthy) lives in Washington, DC, his restaurant, the Auk is not doing good business. Phonse (Jones) helps Dave by making up a story about a rare bird (Tasker’s Sulphureous) sighting which begins to help Dave's business. Phonse has been working on a prototype Recreational Submarine Vehicle (RSV) and is concerned that the Winnebago company is conducting industrial espionage and trying to steal his plans. Phonse also finds ten kilos of cocaine and tries to get rid of it with the help of Dave. Dave falls in love with Alice (Parker), Phonse's sister-in-law, a girl from Gull Tickle. Phonse blows up his RSV. Claire asks Dave for a divorce. Alice goes off to college. Dave finds someone to manage the restaurant and he is seen chasing Alice's taxi.


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