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Putney Swope (1969)

R | | Comedy | 10 July 1969 (USA)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stan Gottlieb ...
Nathan (as Stanley Gottlieb)
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Archie Russell ...
Joker
Ramon Gordon ...
Bert Lawrence ...
Hawker
Joe Madden ...
Mr. Syllables (as Joe Engler)
Arnold Johnson ...
David Kirk ...
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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He runs it down the flagpole and up the establishment See more »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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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

Mr. Victrola Cola: I got this great window cleaner. Cleans good and doesn't streak. Smells bad, though. Cleans good, but smells bad.
Putney Swope: As a window cleaner, forget it. Put soybeans in it and market it as a soft drink in the ghetto. We'll put a picture of a rhythm and blues singer on the front and call it Victrola Cola.
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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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Referenced in Beastie Boys: Video Anthology (2000) See more »

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Superlip
Written and Performed by Charley Cuva
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As outstanding now as it was "then"
1 November 2006 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

This film had about everything one could wish when viewing it originally, at the end of the 1960's decade. It was immensely entertaining, and provided a contemporary view of the many changes which had occurred during that period - and were still ongoing - in terms of the Black Power movement, Vietnam, and the volatile movement which followed the quieter, preceding postwar 1950's.

All of this and one of the funniest films, then or now.

Viewing it for the second time recently, I was surprised to find it as engrossing as when seen originally. Its humor is as funny, and its message as strong.

And in viewing it now, you get all of this, while at the same time gaining the added enjoyment of its being a "period piece," and a superb chronicling of its this historic, turbulent time.


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