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Putney Swope (1969)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  10 July 1969 (USA)
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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stan Gottlieb ...
Nathan (as Stanley Gottlieb)
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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
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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>

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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 »

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Commercial Narrator: Jim Keranga of Watts, California is eating a bowl of Ethereal Cereal, the heavenly breakfast. Jim, did you know that Ethereal has 25% more riboflavin than any other cereal on the market? Ethereal also packs the added punch of .002 ESP units of pectin!
Jim Keranga: No shit.
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As the credit for Robert Downey Sr. scrolls up the screen, the words "(a prince)" appear next to his name. See more »

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Take that, whitey!
19 January 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Made at the height of the Black Power movement, this movie portrays African-American Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson) getting made CEO of a corporation after the white CEO dies (the white executives all hate each other and can't decide who should succeed the previous CEO). Once in power, he decides to turn it into a militant organization.

I don't know how Robert Downey Sr did it, but he did it! "Putney Swope" is the ultimate jab at America's power structure. It's the sort of thing that seems like it would have come out of Richard Pryor's mind. This is a comedy classic in every sense of the word. A real masterpiece. Hilarious.


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