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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
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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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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)  »

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Brewster McCloud's (Sexy) Flying Machine  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A single 70mm print of the film was struck for its premiere in the Houston Astrodome to be shown in front of over 23,000 people. By all accounts, it was a disaster with terrible sound problems. See more »

Goofs

In Detective Shaft's final scene, it is obvious that one of actor Michael Murphy's blue contact lenses has fallen out, revealing one brown eye. 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

References Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Lift Every Voice and Sing
Written by Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson
Performed by Merry Clayton
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Ultimate "lunatic" comedy from Robert Altman
13 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Brewster McCloud is a delightful early comic `trip' of one of the best living American directors – Robert Altman. It was made the same year as Altman's masterpiece MASH and got somehow overshadowed by it and probably deservedly so, though Brewster McCloud undoubtedly is one of the most `lunatic' or weird, but at the same time most original Altman's films.

The film's story is centred on a very peculiar young boy Brewster McCloud (Bud Cort) who lives in a fallout shelter of a Huston's Astrodome and whose main passion in life are birds, an obsession that came so far that Brewster dedicates most of his time to developing of wings that will allow him to fly like a bird. He is regularly visited by a pretty young girl, who is in love with him, but because of Brewster's obsession with his dream project, she gets much less attention from him than she deserves, the fact that makes her go on her own sticking to imaginary sexual intercourse every time she visits him.

Meanwhile a chain of strange murders occurs in the city with all victims found with birds' droppings on them. In order to investigate it a police officer (Michael Murphy) who seems to be very obsessed with his looks, arrives from San Francisco, joining the group of peculiars that is already there. The scene is set for the most bizarre, hilarious and very entertaining black comedy. 8/10


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