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Mister Buddwing (1966)

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

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Mister Buddwing
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The Blonde
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Fiddle
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Janet
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Gloria
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Shabby Old Man
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Mr. Schwartz
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1st Cab Driver
Raymond St. Jacques ...
Hank
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Dan
Beeson Carroll ...
Policeman
Billy Halop ...
Fredrick Calabrese 2nd Cab Driver
Michael Hadge ...
Counterman
Charles Seel ...
Printer
John Tracy ...
Tony
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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

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MGM purchased the rights to Evan Hunter's novel at galley proof stage for $200,000. See more »

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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 »

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Mister Buddwing: As god is my witness, that's all i know.
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Visually rich experimental vehicle risk for Hollywood staple
10 November 2001 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

The 60's were skinny ties and lapels, three-martini lunches, Chrysler convertible pavement yachts and Brylcreem, if you were lucky. If you were somehow less satisfied, it was protest or dogged acceptance that the game had been fixed long before you appeared on the scene, or more politely, you simply hadn't been invited to the party. James Garner (Rockford, Support Your Local Sheriff, They Only Kill Their Masters, etc) portrays a once successful but displaced everyman who has to wallow in the mire to face long-buried demons. A string of attractive women appear and vanish, like identifying a catchy tune by its chorus, each providing shards of who Buddwing is and why he tried to run. A barely recognizable New York is Supporting Actor, and the visual style leaves one feeling an effect similar to liberal dosages of NyQuil. It will strike you, however briefly.


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