Overall Rank: 420
Average Rating: 3.1/4
# of Ratings: 184
Theatrical Release Date: 11/17/1933
Genre: Comedy, Musical
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Leo McCarey
Actors: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Louis Calhern, Margaret Dumont
Plot: Freedonia has borrowed a large sum of money from a wealthy widow Mrs. Teasdale. Rufus T. Firefly is to replace the current president of the country so that they are able to get out of debt. The neighboring countries send inept spies to obtain secret information. Slapstick comedy.
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Indyfreak - wrote on 11/02/2019
The quick wit of Groucho Marx and the slapstick antics of his brothers keep the otherwise tiresome political action tolerable. Annoying musical numbers interrupt the plot occasionally.
Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/06/2019
A hilarious farce that is certain to entertain any fan of good old-fashion slapstick.
Snoogans - wrote on 12/08/2011
One of the Marx Bros. best comedies. Nothing but a straight barrage of wacky gags and one-liners. The jokes come at you so fast that it makes the laughter literally non-stop. Those looking for character and story should look elsewhere. This is comedic schtick at maximum velocity.
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SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/22/2018
Although I've never been particularly an avid fan of the Marx brothers, I accept that their films are funny and quite enjoyable to see. However, Duck Soup tops them all because of its genius. It does not only have unforgettable gags and unbelievably hilarious and absurd moments, but the political and social criticism it contains was very well thought. Whether a person has or not seen a Marx brothers movie before, that person will find this movie brilliant in several aspects.
Duck Soup tells the story of Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) who is named president of Freedonia, a small country that's going through a very difficult economical situation. Since this moment, crazy jokes and mayhem ensues for everybody. Things get worse once Rufus declares war on its neighbor country …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 05/10/2013
Some movies deserve to be in one of the greatest film's list, this is testament to being an accurate inclusion. Definitely the funniest war related comedy that this reviewer has seen. Fantastic screenplay, influential and impeccable comic timing while it's premise ahead of its time which never feels dated. Rich Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont) appoints Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) to head a bankrupt country Freedonia. Sylvanian ambassador Trentino (Louis Calhern) hires a pair of spies Chicolini (Chico Marx) and Pinky (Harpo Marx) to check on Firefly. Firefly entrusts the war plans to Mrs. Teasdale's possession. So many memorable funny lines, these standout for this reviewer: "You didn't think they were important? Do you realize I had my dessert wrapped in those papers?" …
Yojimbo - wrote on 02/19/2012
A wealthy widow blackmails the government of Freedonia into appointing wise cracking shyster Rufus T. Firefly as president and the country is almost immediately at war. Duck Soup is probably the ultimate example of the Marx brothers' brand of knockabout comedy. It's still virtually plotless, but the ideas gel together much more fluently than most, there is a perfect balance between slapstick and one liners and they managed to keep Harpo and Chico away from musical instruments meaning it keeps its momentum right til the end. Zeppo still sucks but thankfully he is hardly in it, the songs are kept to a minimum but have a large scale spectacle and funny lines and Louis Calhern as the bad guy gives it some thespian weight missing from most of the others. Highlights include Harpo's running …
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