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The Marx Brothers: Duck Soup [DVD]

The Marx Brothers , Groucho Marx , Leo McCarey    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: The Marx Brothers, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx
  • Directors: Leo McCarey
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Greek, Turkish, Portuguese, Russian
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000795LDA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,824 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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For those who love the Marx Brothers (Animal Crackers, A Night at the Opera), that this movie is side-slappingly funny is a given. For those new to the Marx Brothers, this is the perfect introduction to Groucho, Chico, and Harpo (and even Zeppo), three of the funniest men to ever grace the screen. Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) is the dictator of the small nation Freedonia. The country is a disaster, in financial disrepair, and the wealthy Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont) is its benefactor and the object of Firefly's shrewd affection. When the leader of the neighboring Sylvania decides he's in love with Mrs. Teasdale, Firefly declares war. The movie, from 1933, is tremendously satirical, a play on politics and war. (As Firefly says to a hapless young solider, "You're a brave man. Go and break through the lines. And remember, while you're out there risking your life and limb through shot and shell, we'll be in be in here thinking what a sucker you are.") Full of witty lines, great sight gags, and even some snazzy song numbers ("Freedonia's Going to War" is the hilarious declaration of battle), this is surely one of the best--if not the best--the Marx Brothers have to offer. --Jenny Brown

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audio italianonella piccola nazione di freedonia rufus t. firefly (groucho) assume i poteri di un dittatore, ma deve fare i conti con due spie nemiche (chico e harpo), un tenore (zeppo) e un astuto "cattivo" (calhern). considerato da molti, ma dopo gli anni '60, il capolavoro dei fratelli marx. il loro unico film diretto da un regista di talento, e fa storia a se' per la miscela tra satira e operetta europea. 70 minuti di buffoneria non stop senza interventi musicali ne' romantici. fu un fiasco quando usci'.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
My favorite Marx Brothers movie is "A Night at the Opera," but this political satire, which was banned in Italy by Mussolini, is a very close second. It is definitely the best (and last) Marx Brothers movie with Zeppo, for what that is worth. As Groucho later pointed out, Zeppo's roles as the group's straight man were thankless. It was not that Zeppo lacked talent, but rather that he had three older brothers.
"In Duck Soup," the mythical nation of Freedonia is in trouble and Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont) insists that the reigns of power be turned over to Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho). Ambassador Trentino (Louis Calhern) of the neighboring country of Sylvania employs a couple of spies, Chicolini (Chico) and Pinky (Harpo), to shadow Firefly. Oh, and Firefly has a secretary, Bob Rolland (Zeppo). Many of the most famous sequences by the Brothers Marx are found in this film: (1) The mirror sequence between Groucho and Harpo (if it had been Groucho and Chico instead Groucho would have asked "Are you my reflection" and Chico would have answered "Sure"); (2) Harpo's encounter with street vendor Edgar Kennedy, master of the slow-burn (" "); (3) The "We're Going to War" take off on 1930s musicals ("They've got guns, we've got guns, all God's chil'en got guns"); (4) Groucho offering Chico the position of Secretary of War ("Sold!"); (5) Harpo offering Grouch a ride in the sidecar of his motorcyle ("This is the third trip I've taken today and I still haven't gone anywhere"); (6) Zeppo introducing the new leader of Freedonia, Rufus T. Fireflay ("Whatever it is, I'm against it."); and much, much more, including the lovely Rachel Torres as the lovely Vera Marcal!
"Duck Soup" was helped by several factors.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The film "Duck soup," is a classic example of the humour of the Marx Brothers, taking a satirical and anarchic look at war and world power. This was their last film made for Paramount Pictures, and the last film to feature the fourth brother, Zeppo.

When Groucho Marx's character, Rufus T. Firefly, is appointed leader of fictional country Freedonia, he immediately becomes the subject of plot when Trentino, leader of neighbouring fictional country Sylvania, hires two spies, played by Chico and Harpo Marx, to bring disgrace to Firefly. However, nothing goes according to plan when Chico is appointed secretary of war, Harpo becomes Firefly's chauffeur, and the two countries declare war on each other simply because of Firefly's constant insults to Trentino.

The wacky and far-fetched storyline is just what you would expect from a Marx Brothers film. There's Groucho doing what he always did best; his fast-talking wisecracks, his abilty to insult everyone and anyone, and to eventually get away with it. The title "Duck soup" means something that is easy to do, perhaps implying how Firefly governs the country with a happy-go-lucky manner, and how everything he does in his favour could be purely down to luck.

In my personal opinion, Chico and Harpo perform their best double act in this film, and you only have to look at such scenes as the one with the lemonade seller as proof. The film is full of gags, puns, routines, and of course, improvisation. These all contribute to attack democracy, war itself, leadership, and legal systems.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious movie! 25 Sep 2003
Format:VHS Tape
To gain financial support from Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont), the tiny bankrupt country of Freedonia agrees to take Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) as their new president (the poor saps). Mayhem springs from Firefly's cynical and sarcastic leadership, culminating in war with the neighboring country of Sylvania. Throughout, Pinky (Harpo Marx) and Chicolini (Chico Marx) are scheming among the great and powerful, taking money from Trentino (Louis Calhern) of Sylvania, and directing Firefly's war effort. [Black & white, created in 1933, with a running time of 70 minutes.]
This movie contains some of Groucho's funniest witticisms, his badinage with Margaret Dumont producing some of the funniest lines in theatrical history. The story takes something of a backseat to the Marx brother's comedy, but this movie is first and foremost a satire of politics in general, and war and patriotism in particular. Back to the comedy, this movie is fantastically funny, containing the famous mirror scene, where Chico is dressed as Groucho, who must figure out if he is seeing his reflection or something else!
This is a great movie. The comedy is funny and clean, and can be watched by viewers of any age. I highly recommend this movie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vaudeville at its best 2 July 2007
By Jay
Format:DVD
You must watch Duck Soup for some of the most classic comedy scenes set to film such as ;

1) The mirror sequence. The finest comic sequence ever committed to film. Sure, it's old-hat vaudeville, but it's professional, beautifully timed and spirals into wonderful absurdity.

2) The one-liners, puns and other jokes. Pick of the crop are the peanut stall interchange, the telephone sequence, the riddles ('what has four pairs of pants, lives in Philadelphia, and it never rains but it pours?') and the final battle (especially the stock footage of monkeys and elephants running to save the army under siege - the kind of thing the Zucker Bros pinched for their comedies). Oh, yes, and the motorcycle routines.

3) The satire on politics and warmongering. The Brothers simply deflate the pomposity of the whole deal.

4) The fact that Zeppo is actually given something to do.

Anybody who thinks the Farrelly and Wayans brothers are the last word in comedy should be strapped to a chair and shown Marx Bros films over and over again, until they concede.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Marx Brothers
If you have never seen this, please watch it...the marx brothers are brilliant, especially groucho...he was ahead of his time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cheryl Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail, hail, Freedonia.
For the uninitiated:

The Marx Brothers were a hugely successful stage act of the 1920's, who translated their style to the movies. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul Tapner
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
I first saw part of this film TV in the 1960's as a teenager and thought I would like to see it complete but I have never seen it appear on the usual TV schedules. Read more
Published 10 months ago by spoddlehead
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Marx
Their other works are very funny but this didn't just meet my expectations, it far exceeded them and is probably their best work of all.
Published 13 months ago by Al18561
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as funny as I'd hoped
I'd been recommended this as a funny film, but I could see the various jokes coming a long way off and I didn't find it particularly funny. The humour was just too obvious for me.
Published 15 months ago by Scarlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Duck Soup is an absolute masterpiece of comedy, not just then but now.
The plot is mainly about a Rufus T Firefly who gets appointed the leader of the fictional state,... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by jimjamyaha99
3.0 out of 5 stars A little dated
Of course the set pieces such as the hat routine are still timeless and the mirror scene retains its clever magnificence - but the links are ore often no longer funny.
Published on 8 May 2011 by Mr. Derek R. Osbourne
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I bought this movie after reading some of the reviews here. Thought I'd see what the hype was about. Duck Soup is brilliant. Read more
Published on 13 April 2010 by K. Duong
5.0 out of 5 stars The Marx Brothers' best: which is saying something!
This film is sheer, surrealist joy, the Marx Bros at their wildest and most creative. Which equals the funniest stuff you're ever going to experience this side of Aristophanes (to... Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2009 by Plom de Nume
3.0 out of 5 stars Marx joy!
Easily the most anarchic and chaotic of the Marx's films, but there are some TRULY GREAT moments here. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2009 by Dave
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