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      Duck Soup

      Released Nov 17, 1933 1h 10m Comedy List
      91% Tomatometer 55 Reviews 91% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings When the tiny nation of Freedonia goes bankrupt, its wealthy benefactor, Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont), insists that the wacky Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) become the country's president. Sensing a weakness in leadership, the bordering nation of Sylvania sends in the spies Pinky (Harpo Marx) and Chicolini (Chico Marx) to set the stage for a revolution. As Firefly clashes with the Sylvanian ambassador (Louis Calhern), plenty of mayhem ensues, and the countries verge on all-out war. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Nov 01 Buy Now

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      Fueled by inspired silliness and blessed with some of the Marx brothers' most brilliant work, Duck Soup is one of its -- or any -- era's finest comedies.

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      Kate Muir Times (UK) It turns out that the sharp-tongued humour of Groucho Marx is ageless, the slapstick timely and the subject matter still pertinent: loony dictatorship, religion, pointless warfare. Rated: 4/5 Jan 16, 2015 Full Review Peter Bradshaw Guardian The sheer silliness is inspired ... Rated: 5/5 Jan 15, 2015 Full Review David Jenkins Little White Lies Questioning the canonical standing of a titan such as Duck Soup seems like an exercise in questioning the tastes of those who like it rather than the upbraiding the comedy mechanics of the film itself. Rated: 3/5 Jan 15, 2015 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies Duck Soup is the greatest Marx Brothers comedy of all time. Rated: 5/5 Nov 17, 2023 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy True movie fans haven’t lived until they’ve caught this outrageous satire. Rated: 4/4 Nov 12, 2023 Full Review Keith Garlington Keith & the Movies There’s no dense or intricate narrative in the film. It’s simply a basic story that allows Groucho, Harpo, and Chico to showcase their comedic chaos. Rated: 5/5 Aug 20, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      John T. H They don't even eat duck soup in the movie false advertising!!! oh and its one of the greatest classic comedies ever made. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/12/24 Full Review Daniel K Paul Rudd was not in this movie Rated 1 out of 5 stars 10/28/23 Full Review Cees T Looney Tunes and Animaniacs did it better with reasonable sociopathy. 4/10 - Very bad. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 08/28/23 Full Review Aeric A It's the Marx brothers. If you don't know you cant understand. Legends of comedy. Watch a Marx brothers movie and read a book and eat your veggies. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/23/23 Full Review A R A truly timeless humor that I originally assumed wouldn't be funny, but always has me laughing out loud. That said, this ultimately feels more like a series of comedy skits than a cohesive movie with a narrative through-line. The peanut/lemonade vendor scene is one of my favorites and such an excellent showcase of the Marx brothers' physical comedy chops. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/12/23 Full Review Henry M This movie is wretched. I hated every moment of it almost universally. I've liked other Marx brothers films in the past, but this was profoundly upsetting. As satire goes, it feels as pointy as a sponge. The humor almost never feels like it's appropriate to the conversation or scene going on, and I literally laughed twice during the whole movie. Apparently, I'm in the minority here, but from where I'm sitting this movie blows chunks and I wish I could get the hour and change of my life I spent watching this back so I could watch paint dry, or pick lint from between my toes or do literally anything else. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Duck Soup: Official Clip - The Mirror Scene Duck Soup: Official Clip - The Mirror Scene 2:48 Duck Soup: Official Clip - I Object! Duck Soup: Official Clip - I Object! 1:22 Duck Soup: Official Clip - To War Duck Soup: Official Clip - To War 2:58 Duck Soup: Official Clip - The Laws of My Administration Duck Soup: Official Clip - The Laws of My Administration 2:06 Duck Soup: Official Clip - I Was Gonna Ask for the Whole Wig Duck Soup: Official Clip - I Was Gonna Ask for the Whole Wig 1:16 Duck Soup: Official Clip - This Means War! Duck Soup: Official Clip - This Means War! 1:55 Duck Soup: Official Clip - Working His Magic Duck Soup: Official Clip - Working His Magic 1:58 Duck Soup: Official Clip - The Lemonade Vendor Duck Soup: Official Clip - The Lemonade Vendor 2:57 Duck Soup: Official Clip - Without a Word Duck Soup: Official Clip - Without a Word 1:42 Duck Soup: Official Clip - These Are My Spies Duck Soup: Official Clip - These Are My Spies 1:35 View more videos
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      Synopsis When the tiny nation of Freedonia goes bankrupt, its wealthy benefactor, Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont), insists that the wacky Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) become the country's president. Sensing a weakness in leadership, the bordering nation of Sylvania sends in the spies Pinky (Harpo Marx) and Chicolini (Chico Marx) to set the stage for a revolution. As Firefly clashes with the Sylvanian ambassador (Louis Calhern), plenty of mayhem ensues, and the countries verge on all-out war.
      Director
      Leo McCarey
      Distributor
      MCA/Universal Home Video, Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 17, 1933, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 3, 2015
      Runtime
      1h 10m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
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