6.2/10
741
37 user 10 critic

Mister Buddwing (1966)

Approved | | Drama | 15 July 1966 (West Germany)
An amnesiac wanders the streets of Manhattan, trying to solve the mystery of who he is.

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An American naval officer's talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Big time Texas Wheeler Dealer (Ivy league educated, but plays dumb) runs out of money and goes to NYC to raise 1.5 million.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Lee Remick, James Garner, Phil Harris
Marlowe (1969)
Certificate: M Mystery | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Quiet young Orfamay Quest from Kansas has hired private detective Philip Marlowe to find her brother. After two leads turn up with ice picks stuck in them, he discovers blackmail photos ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Bogart
Stars: James Garner, Gayle Hunnicutt, Carroll O'Connor
Cash McCall (1960)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Cash McCall is a young and slick business man who buys failing businesses and resells them. Grant Austen's Plastics is even more of a prize to Cash, for Cash is also making a bid for ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: James Garner, Natalie Wood, Nina Foch
Skin Game (1971)
Certificate: GP Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 1857, con man Quincy Drew and his black friend Jason O'Rourke swindle slave owners into buying Jason, who's a free man, and later share the profits when Jason escapes captivity.

Directors: Paul Bogart, Gordon Douglas
Stars: James Garner, Louis Gossett Jr., Susan Clark
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Emma is a divorced woman with a teen-aged son who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the widowed town druggist who steers business her way. Things ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Sally Field, James Garner, Brian Kerwin
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Young lawyer meets and marries girl after knowing her one day. Takes bride home to meet his mother who disapproves of the marriage. Lawyer thinks everything will be fine as he moves up the ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Carole Lombard, James Stewart, Charles Coburn
Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A con artist arrives in a mining town controlled by two competing companies. Both companies think he's a famous gunfighter and try to hire him to drive the other out of town.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Jack Elam
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the old west, a man becomes a sheriff just for the pay, figuring he can decamp if things get tough. In the end, he uses ingenuity instead.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A housewife's sudden rise to fame as a soap spokesperson leads to chaos in her home life.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Doris Day, James Garner, Arlene Francis
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A jealous piano teacher Orville Spooner sends his beautiful wife, Zelda, away for the night while he tries to sell a song to a famous nightclub singer Dino, who is stranded in town.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston
Mystery | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

California small town police chief investigates a suspicious death involving the victim's own dog that presumably killed its owner.

Director: James Goldstone
Stars: James Garner, Katharine Ross, Hal Holbrook
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mister Buddwing
...
The Blonde
...
Fiddle
...
Janet
...
Gloria
...
Shabby Old Man
...
Mr. Schwartz
...
1st Cab Driver
...
Hank
...
Dan
Beeson Carroll ...
Policeman
Billy Halop ...
Fredrick Calabrese 2nd Cab Driver
Michael Hadge ...
Counterman
Charles Seel ...
Printer
John Tracy ...
Tony
Edit

Storyline

A man wearing an expensive gray suit finds himself in Central Park in New York City not knowing who he is or how he got there. His amnesia even extends to the fact that he doesn't know how he takes his coffee. All he has on his possession are a crumpled piece of paper wrapped around a couple of pills, the paper also with a scribbled telephone number. He is also wearing a ring with a broken stone, the ring engraved from its giver with his or her monogram, G.V. The telephone number takes him to a woman who doesn't know who he is. Based on what she calls him and some item association, he begins to call himself Sam Buddwing if anyone asks him. As he wanders New York City in a daze, he believes he may be an escaped mental patient based on a newspaper story, his clothes and the monogrammed ring. But a vision of a young brunette makes him remember a woman in his life named Grace. He manages to spend time with a few women during the day, many times he believing that woman is Grace herself. ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Story of a Man Who Had to Live Twelve Years in One Day with Four Women! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 July 1966 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Buddwing  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In his memoirs "The Garner Files" (2011), James Garner rates this as his worst movie. His comment about it: "I'd summarize the plot, but to this day, I have no clue what it is. Worst picture I ever made. What where they thinking? What was I thinking?" (page 256) See more »

Goofs

When Buddwing approaches Janet in the city, she sits on a park bench and the boom mic is plainly visible at the bottom of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Mister Buddwing: As god is my witness, that's all i know.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Searchers for a Special City (1965) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The movie is about religion, not amnesia.
14 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie on TNT after being intrigued by the lackluster comments from reviewers. I typically like James Garner movies. After seeing the movie, I saw it as a religious allegory. James Garner plays Everyman who was searching to answer the question "Who am I?" During the movie, I realized that he asks that question rather than the question "What is my name?" He is asking an ontological question.

Furthermore, there are two scenes where he refers to the deity. In the first scene, where he is youthfully impetuous, he refers to "all the gods of the earth and cosmos" or something. In the latter reference to deity, he soberly and humbly refers to "God." This reference occurs after an intervening scene of a flashback where he tells his young wife that he loves perfection that he finds in music. He then hears Bach's Requiem Mass; they enter a church and stand before an altar. This is an example of how knowledge of nature can lead to God. As the flashbacks bring back more of his life, Garner matures as finally realizes his current, wretched condition.

The final scene is quite touching. He finds life through grace. Of course, Grace is his wife's name but the scene allegorically refers to the "saving grace." The movie is not a typical amnesia movie. It is disjointed and the dialog stilted, but, like a classical painting, many scenes have meaning when viewed from a religious viewpoint. Perhaps seeing this viewpoint requires knowledge of Christian doctrine. I would've ordered it on DVD, but it doesn't seem to be available.


14 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Jean Simmons efffee
Video or DVD pencilrockets
smack the director ksf-2
Discuss Mister Buddwing (1966) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?