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Brewster McCloud (1970)

R  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  18 August 1971 (France)
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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:
Brewster McCloud
Det. Lt. Frank Shaft
Suzanne Davis
The Lecturer
Abraham Wright
Officer Johnson
Daphne Heap
Officer Hines
G. Wood ...
Det. Capt. Crandall
Officer Douglas Breen
Angelin Johnson ...
Mrs. Breen
Dean Goss ...
Officer Ledbetter


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 <>

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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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The Y-shaped building seen in the opening credits is the Astrohall. After Reliant Energy owned the naming rights to the Astrodomain since October 2000, the Astrohall was demolished in May 2002 to make way for a parking lot for Reliant Stadium. In reality, the Astrohall was used for livestock exhibitions because the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was one of the tenants. See more »


In final scene, as Louise is leaving the Astrodome, and the large, roll-up door opens for her, revealing bright daylight, a stage-hand can be seen operating the door at the far right edge of the scene. This is only visible on wide-screen format; probably only on the LaserDisc. See more »


The Lecturer: I forgot the opening line.
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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 »


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Performed by Sally Kellerman
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Obscure wonder! Wonderful film.
23 January 2001 | by (Aarhus, Denmark) – See all my reviews

This film, televised in Denmark in the mid-seventies, made a great impact on me. The story of Brewster and his dream of flying was wildly funny and poignant. And why it has become so obscure makes me wonder. I have been hoping for an opportunity to see it again. It is truly a great film as is the instructor Robert Altman!

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