The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single parrot

"I have to find my friend."

Paulie

Paulie

Release Date: April 17, 1998

If you want to know what’s on Paulie’s mind, just ask him, but you’d better be prepared for the answer. He doesn’t know how to lie and his biting wit may ruffle a few feathers…including his own.

Paulie is a parrot who can speak, not mimic, but actually converse. The problem is that though he’s learned to talk, he doesn’t always know when to shut up, and he comes to find out that there are times when talking can only get you into trouble.

Paulie’s first owner—and first love—is a little girl named Marie (Hallie Kate Eisenberg) who raises him from a chick. Helping Marie overcome a painful stutter gives Paulie the gift of gab, but doesn’t prevent her parents from sending him away when they feel she is becoming too attached to him. Undeterred, the loyal little parrot begins a tenacious cross-country search to find his young owner.

Along the way, Paulie has some remarkable encounters with a unique cross-section of people, some who want to help and some who see the extraordinary bird as a means to their own ends. He even finds love with a singing parrot owned by a street vendor named Ignacio (Cheech Marin), but nothing can stop him from his mission to find Marie…except perhaps his own big mouth.

Told through the eyes of its unique title character, Paulie reveals the wonders—and heartbreak—of his and our worlds, as he travels through a series of funny and touching adventures in his quest to reunite with the little girl who raised and loved him.

Directed by John Roberts and written by Laurie Craig, Paulie stars two-time Academy Award nominee Gena Rowlands, Tony Shalhoub (Men in Black), Cheech Marin, Academy Award-nominee Bruce Davison, Trini Alvarado, and Jay Mohr (Small Soldiers) as Paulie. Also starring are veteran comedian Buddy Hackett, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Matt Craven, Bill Cobbs, Tia Texada and Laura Harrington.

About the Film

About the Film

CAST
  • GENA ROWLANDS,
  • TONY SHALHOUB,
  • CHEECH MARIN,
  • BRUCE DAVISON,
  • JAY MOHR,
  • TRINI ALVARADO,
  • BUDDY HACKETT,
  • HALLIE KATE EISENBERG
DIRECTOR
  • JOHN ROBERTS
SCREENWRITER
  • LAURIE CRAIG
PRODUCERS
  • MARK GORDON,
  • GARY LEVINSOHN,
  • ALLISON LYON SEGAN
CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • TONY PIERCE-ROBERTS
PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • DENNIS WASHINGTON
COSTUME DESIGNER
  • MARY ZOPHRES
EDITOR
  • BRUCE CANNON
COMPOSER
  • JOHN DEBNEY