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Brewster McCloud (1970)

An introverted loner living in the bowels of the Astrodome plots to develop - with the aid of a mysterious guardian angel - a pair of wings that will help him fly.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Brewster McCloud
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Louise
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Det. Lt. Frank Shaft
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Weeks
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Suzanne Davis
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The Lecturer
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Abraham Wright
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Officer Johnson
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Daphne Heap
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Hope
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Officer Hines
G. Wood ...
Det. Capt. Crandall
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Officer Douglas Breen
Angelin Johnson ...
Mrs. Breen
Dean Goss ...
Officer Ledbetter
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Storyline

Brewster is an owlish, intellectual boy who lives in a fallout shelter of the Houston Astrodome. He has a dream: to take flight within the confines of the stadium. Brewster tells those he trusts of his dream, but displays a unique way of treating others who do not fit within his plans. When the fateful day arrives, and he enters the dome with his fanciful construction of bird wings, Brewster is surrounded by the police. Will he be caught before he attempts to fly? Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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"Something else" from the director of M*A*S*H See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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18 August 1971 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Brewster McCloud's (Sexy) Flying Machine  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A billboard next to a railroad crossing (location unknown) during the hot pursuit scene has an advertisement for the former MacRobert Chevrolet dealership - there were 2 Houston locations (4905 North Shepherd in the Garden Oaks area and 10306 South Post Oak at West Bellfort - the South Post Oak location was renamed A.J. Foyt Chevrolet in 1973). Foyt sold the latter dealership in the late 1980s where it was renamed Texstar Chevrolet until the early 1990s when the site was razed - the former car dealer compound is now the location of a Kroger Signature grocery store (Meyer Park location) since 1995. The North Shepherd location was razed and redeveloped. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Brewster and Suzanne are driving in the mango orange Road Runner, the windshield wipers are beating at a higher speed when the camera cuts to Brewster's shot than they are in Suzanne's shot. See more »

Quotes

Officer Douglas Breen: [At the zoo: throwing Brewster, with his expensive camera, into some bushes] Get over in there!
Officer Douglas Breen: [Holding up a small cylindrical paper object] You know what this is?
Brewster McCloud: A poorly rolled cigarette.
Officer Douglas Breen: It's a marijuana cigarette. It's dope. It's dope I picked up after I saw you drop it outta' your pocket. You give me that camera and we'll forget this little matter. If ya' don't, it's one to ten. So take your pick.
Brewster McCloud: Mister, one of us is crazy.
Officer Douglas Breen: Oh, yeah?
[Pulls out his badge and holds it out]
Officer Douglas Breen: "Breen." "...
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, all the actors turn up as Circus Performers and are introduced by the Ring Master - ending with Bud Cort, who lies dead in the center ring. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Robert Altman (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bay-Baby
Performed by Sally Kellerman
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Bird-Boy trapped with Duvall and Altman!
8 July 2004 | by (sparks, nevada) – See all my reviews

Released in December of 1970, after M.A.S.H. came out in January, this off-beat (for then even), unpretentious, little film flew in from nowhere. Get the soundtrack if you like the film! Black comedy about nothingness! Perfect 11 months AFTER M.A.S.H. (a better film). This was the part Bud Cort was born for, not Harold and Maude (another wonderful black comedy), Stacy Keach is unbelievably TOO real as Mr. Wright (at the age of 28), Sally Kellerman as Brewster's mentor is graceful and anguished, Jennifer Salt is the all-American girlfriend (just like she was in Midnight Cowboy), Michael Murphy was born to play Frank Shaft, Bert Remsen steals the show as the narc-agent, and it goes on and on as a SPOOF about a lot of American things that nobody used to lose their mind about (politically and otherwise).

This flick is an easy 8 out of 10, with gems that keep popping up, for fun. Don't write off seeing this one (even if you're anti-Altman). You'd be wasting your own time doing that. It's dark, it's fun, it's easy, and most people I've met since 1970 never even saw it! Check it out. I forgot to mention Shelley Duvall in her first film walks with the second half (Great eyes, Great Shirt, Great hair, Great car, Great attitude; mostly).


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