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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

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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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THIS MAY BE OVER YOUR HEAD. 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

Not the least of the changes made by Robert Altman to the original script was the spelling of the hero's surname - it was originally "McCleod". 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

Det. Capt. Crandall: I know birdshit when I see it! Now I suggest we drop this birdshit shit and settle down to some old-fashioned policework!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Ring (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star Spangled Banner
Written by Francis Scott Key and John Stafford Smith
Performed by Margaret Hamilton and the Jack Yates High School Band
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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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