Duck Soup

Duck Soup

DVD - 2011
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After being appointed the dictator of Freedonia, Rufus T. Firefly proceeds to bring the mythical nation to a halt by showing up late and insulting everyone at his inauguration. Hoping to oust the unfit new leader, two spies are sent from the neighboring Sylvania. Soon enough, war is declared between the two nations with outrageous results. Including Groucho's famous mirror scene and final battle scene, it remains as entertaining and relevant today as it did when first released in 1933.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2011, ℗♭1933.
Edition: Full screen.
ISBN: 9786314604851
Branch Call Number: DVD MARX BROTH
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (69 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.


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In 2007 "Military History" magazine rated this the 27th greatest war movie of all time, ahead of "The Deer Hunter" and "Schindler's List." Unlike some others, they got the joke, it's a satire on war, nationalism, spies and anything else the Marxes could think of. Though a flop when first released, that's only because it was way ahead of its time. A complete masterpiece, it still plays well today. Everyone on the planet Earth should see this movie.

Apr 04, 2019


Mar 03, 2016

One of the odder of the Marx Brother's films, if that isn't redundant. Lots of familiar lines. The musical numbers are weaker than in other Marx Brother's productions.

Jan 09, 2016

There's honestly something to be said for humor that stands the test of time, and "Duck Soup" is as funny today as it was in 1933. The speed of Groucho's line delivery is nothing short of magnificent.

Dec 30, 2011

I really enjoyed the bit where Chico and Harpo dress up as Groucho, they are pretty much indistinguishable.

macabrescribe May 27, 2011

Duck Soup is one of the finest films the Marx Brothers ever created. It has some wonderful lines and very memorable moments. If you are ever in doubt as to why the Marx Brothers are as esteemed as they are, watch Duck Soup. It will have you rolling on the floor laugh. That is, of course, if farcical and absurd humor is your thing.


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