Duck Soup

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"War is swell...when the Marx Brothers are in it. They'll be out of the trenches by Christmas...if the food doesn't improve!"
  • NR
  • 1933
  • 1 hr 9 min
  • 7.7  (62,478)
  • 93

Duck Soup is a 1933 American musical comedy film directed by Leo McCarey and starring the Marx Brothers. The movie follows the story of Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx), a ridiculous and incompetent leader who is appointed as the leader of the fictional country of Freedonia. The country is on the brink of bankruptcy and war, and Firefly's antics only make things worse.

The plot of the movie centers around the neighboring country of Sylvania's attempts to invade Freedonia. Firefly is initially pacifist, but he eventually decides to declare war on Sylvania. This leads to a hilarious series of events, including Firefly's ridiculous plan to infiltrate the enemy's headquarters disguised as the famous "peanut vendor" and a major battle scene that takes place inside a house.

The Marx Brothers' signature zany humor is on full display in this movie, with Groucho delivering one-liners and Harpo and Chico playing their goofball characters to perfection. The movie is filled with memorable scenes such as the famous mirror gag, in which Harpo mimics Groucho's movements, and the musical number "Hail, Freedonia," which features a full marching band.

The movie's satire and commentary on politics and war were ahead of its time. The movie was released during the Great Depression, a time when people were desperate for laughs, and it quickly became a classic. However, at the time of its release, it was considered a box office disappointment and received mixed reviews.

Duck Soup is considered one of the Marx Brothers' best films, and its influence can still be seen in modern-day comedies. It's a hilarious, fast-paced romp that will leave you laughing from start to finish.

Duck Soup is a 1933 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 9 minutes. It has received outstanding reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.7 and a MetaScore of 93.

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    7.7  (62,478)
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