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Howard the Duck

By Deborah Netburn and Patrick Day, Times Staff Writers 'Howard the Duck' (1986) Granted, the "Star Wars" trilogy was a nigh-impossible act to follow, but no one could have foreseen just how far producer George Lucas would fall with his next big undertaking. Imagine if one of the incomplete alien costumes from the original "Star Wars" Mos Eisley Cantina scene put on a blazer and slacks and tried to star in his own movie. Then imagine that alien attempting to emote with glassy eyes, an immobile duck bill and a ham-handed script. Throw in a semi-romance with a human, played by Lea Thompson, and marvel at how Lucas managed to simultaneously disappoint and creep us out. Peter Sorel / Universal
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