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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 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
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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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Comedy | Fantasy

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18 August 1971 (France)  »

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Brewster McCloud's (Sexy) Flying Machine  »

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Trivia

Part of the chase scene filmed in the Riverside Terrace neighborhood east of Almeda Road (e.g., where Shaft's Camaro Z28 crashes through an abandoned house; a dead-end cul-de-sac) was later bulldozed by the Texas Department of Transportation when State Highway 288 was built through a section of Riverside Terrace. This particular location (a sharp curve on North MacGregor east of Almeda Road) no longer exists and in its place the Highway 288 overpass was constructed, as well as the elevated sections for the service lanes. See more »

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In the car chase scene where Lt. Shaft is pursuing the Roadrunner, the weather inexplicably alternates from clear, cloudless and sunny to completely overcast and gray between shots. See more »

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The Lecturer: I forgot the opening line.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are done twice, followed by the MGM lion opening his mouth to Auberjonois' voice saying, "I forgot the opening line". The opening credits are superimposed over Daphne Heap (Margaret Hamilton) rehearsing "The Star-Spangled Banner" with a marching band in the Astrodome. She stops the song and accuses the band of being on the wrong key. The band begins again, and the credits also start over, with the same titles repeated with the "better" version of the song. One of the opening credits reads: "Title song by Francis Scott Key" See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Lift Every Voice and Sing
Written by Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson
Performed by Merry Clayton
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This is an Altman classic!
6 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Folks must have been very stoned when they made this .... It is such a "playful" film with so many great characters (and actors) riding on a very wild and surreal mixed up mythology. The film should be re-released (maybe since Altman got an Oscar they will).

I don't know how he got away with making this... but thank God he did!

In many ways Robert Altman except for his hands off approach to his actors has created many films that are at the equal to Fredrico Fellini in satire and whimsically profound sequences that baffle the audience -= but ain't it nice to home from a movie and remember it because you just can't get the ideas and images out of your head.

This is a very funny film. It has the Star Spangle Banner, Ruby Slippers, Bird Do-Do, Mustard pumps, un-principled law enforcers, and wings that try very hard to fly away.


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