MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 761 this week

Putney Swope (1969)

 -  Comedy  -  10 July 1969 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 1,502 users  
Reviews: 37 user | 33 critic

Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge. Renaming the business "Truth and Soul, Inc.", he replaces the tight ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Robert Downey [a prince])
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 15 Sep 2011
 
a list of 100 titles
created 24 Aug 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 28 Aug 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 03 Jan 2013
 
a list of 49 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Putney Swope" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Putney Swope (1969)

Putney Swope (1969) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Putney Swope.

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stan Gottlieb ...
Nathan (as Stanley Gottlieb)
...
Elias, Jr.
Archie Russell ...
Joker
Ramon Gordon ...
Bissinger
Bert Lawrence ...
Hawker
Joe Madden ...
Mr. Syllables (as Joe Engler)
Arnold Johnson ...
Putney
David Kirk ...
Elias, Sr.
Don George ...
Mr. Cards
Buddy Butler ...
Putney's Bodyguard
Vincent Hamill ...
Man in White Suit
Tom Odachi ...
Wing Soney
Ching Yeh ...
Wing Soney, Jr.
Spunky-Funk Johnson ...
Mr. Major
Joe Fields ...
Pittsburgh Willie
Edit

Storyline

Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge. Renaming the business "Truth and Soul, Inc.", he replaces the tight regime of monied white ad men with his militant brothers. Soon afterwards, however, the power that comes with its position takes its toll on Putney... Written by Doug Mosurak <marumaru@andrew.cmu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Truth and Soul Movie See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 July 1969 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

| (Eastmancolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Downey Sr. redubbed all of Arnold Johnson's lines. According to Downey, he did this because Johnson had trouble remembering his lines and often flubbed them during filming. See more »

Quotes

Photographer: I'll do it for nothing - I need the work!
Putney Swope: I can get anybody for nothing. Take a walk!
See more »

Crazy Credits

As the credit for Robert Downey Sr. scrolls up the screen, the words "(a prince)" appear next to his name. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Beastie Boys: Video Anthology (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Unforgiving Satire
25 September 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert Downey Sr's PUTNEY SWOPE is an outrageous stab in the back of the advertising world. Apparently, Downey had a nose-diving career in the advertising industry, and this film are all his "I hate this job" daydreams while trying to endure it. The opening Boardroom scene is some of the most bizarre, wacky and brilliant satire ever committed to film. It's the story of the accidental voting-in of the Board's token black man as President of the agency (he's their Music Director). From there, Downey's daydreams turn the struggling white-led advertising company upside down and into the successful black-run "Truth And Soul" advertising agency (Complete with what you might call a corporate Intranet: "The Drum" -- see the movie, you'll understand). The movie is refreshingly un-P.C., with dialogue like, "I'm a happy Chink!" and the proposed advertising campaign that has Colombus meeting Indians with "cleft heads." Oh yes, and a pot-smoking midget President of the U.S.A. There's one thing that is really annoying (to me, anyway; others don't seem to mind): that the lead character's voice appears dubbed. WHY did they do that?? Was the actor unintelligible or something? In fact, looking at the credits for this flick, I see that Downey himself provided the voice for Swope. I sure wish he'd email me with the reason why... Also in the cast is actor Alan Arbus, himself a one-time Ad-man. If you like bizarre outrageous humor, this is a definite for you!


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

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Quotes GarrettW
I saw this movie in 69 MrSwoops
DVD or video? TheBrothersCarruthers
the poster matthew_kraus
President Mimeo drzwingle
Putney Swope Help tsampaamg
Discuss Putney Swope (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?