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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:
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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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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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When Abraham Wright is seen rolling downhill, the M & M Building is seen in the background. At the time of filming, the building was used by South Texas Junior College until 1974, when the University of Houston system took over the building and rechristened the building as the University of Houston - Downtown. The southbound lanes seen in the film during this particular scene was reconstructed in 2002 as part of the (then) northern terminus of the METRORail line, which officially opened on January 1, 2004. Since December 2013, the former northern terminus (now the Red Line Extension) now terminates at the Northline Transit Center. See more »

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The chase with Shaft begins with a closeup of the traffic light at which Suzanne is waiting in the Road Runner. When the light changes from red to green there's a slight change in the shape and position of the clouds in the background, indicating an edit. See more »

Quotes

Det. Lt. Frank Shaft: [Shaft is asking the butler about Brewster] How tall was he?
Butler: Oh, short. Very short, like you.
Det. Lt. Frank Shaft: I'm six one, Milhouse.
Butler: You are? I'm five nine and you look shorter than me.
Det. Lt. Frank Shaft: You're standing on the steps.
Butler: Oh. So I am.
Det. Lt. Frank Shaft: Alright, where were you when you interviewed him?
Butler: Here. Right here, where we are.
Det. Lt. Frank Shaft: You were up there and he was down here. Is that right?
Butler: I think so.
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Bud Cort takes flight in "Brewster McCloud"
21 May 2005 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most interesting films I have ever seen! I own a copy on VHS and had the pleasure of seeing it 4 times at the Film Forum in New York City a couple of years ago.

After having seen Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H," his next film about the story of a young man who is building a winged contraption in the basement of the Houston Astrodome intrigued me. I had to see how the cast came together in their varied segments in this film and I wasn't too disappointed.

Robert Altman saw something in Bud Cort after seeing him in a NYC comedy revue, and then gave him a role in "M*A*S*H*, and was so impressed with him in the scenes he had in that film that he gave him is first leading film role. Altman couldn't have found a better actor to portray the lead in this film! I am a huge fan of Bud Cort's, and he kept me interested throughout in what was happening to the quiet and introverted Brewster, who dreams of flying away in a marvelously-made, flying machine. He lives a sheltered, and somewhat lonely life, other than the company of his lovesick friend Hope, who brings him food, and Louise, a strange woman who is like a mother-figure to him. Brewster doesn't say much in the film, but after a certain door is opened in his life, he becomes very talkative, and that talkativeness leads to a situation that jeopardizes his flight plans.

I thought the opening with Margaret Hamilton was funny, as well as the scenes Bud Cort had with Stacy Keach, made up as old man Abraham Wright, Brewster's former racist and mean-spirited employer.

I loved Sally Kellerman as Brewster's enigmatic and protective mother-figure, Louise, and Michael Murphy as the 'Bullit-esque' Frank Shaft, in Houston, via San Francisco, to help the police solve some suspicious bird-related murders.

The rest of the cast is fine, with the Altman touch of fine ensemble acting from the likes of John Schuck, G. Wood, and Corey Fischer. However, I found Shelly Duvall, who I've liked in other films, very annoying in this one, her film debut. She plays Suzanne, a girl who works at the Astrodome and becomes Brewster's love interest. I had rather seen Brewster become involved with Hope (Jennifer Salt), than the shallow and chirpy Suzanne. I find that most of her scenes, except for the one where she seduces Brewster, slow down the film.

Look for a delightfully strange comic turn by Rene Auberjonois, as the "Narrator" of the film.


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