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Buddy (1997)

An eccentric socialite raises a gorilla as her son.

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Mrs. Gertrude 'Trudy' Lintz
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Dr. Bill Lintz
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Dick Croner, Trudy's Assistant
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Emma, Lintz's Maid
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Lynn Robertson Bruce ...
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Robert Tygner ...
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Peter Hurst ...
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Star Townsend ...
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Professor Spatz
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Mr. Joe Bowman
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This is a fact based story about a socialite and her husband who live in a mansion with a brood of animals including chimpanzees who are raised as her children. When she discovers an ailing baby gorilla, she decides to care for it as well. Years later, the gorilla is fully grown and its strength is sometimes out of control. However, the gorilla shows love for his mistress and obeys her commands. That all changes when she is invited to display the gorilla and chimps at the Chicago World's Fair. Accidentally freed by one of the chimps, the gorilla terrorizes the Fair. From that point on, he becomes moody and more uncontrollable until he attacks his mistress in a bestial rage. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Welcome to a family that will make yours seem tame.


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Rated PG for some threatening animal action | See all certifications »

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6 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buddy - Mein haariger Freund  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,504,671 (USA) (6 June 1997)

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$10,005,081 (USA) (15 August 1997)
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Rene Russo came out a month before principal photography started to work to rehearse with each individual chimp. See more »

Quotes

Emma: It's enough to drive you to the nut house. Of course this place probably already is the nut house.
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Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles and R. Lovell
Played for the chimp act in the Chicago Century of Progress Exhibition of 1933
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Under appreciated movie
14 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I got the DVD of this movie in a cereal box years ago when I was a little kid. I have loved this movie ever since and have watched it time and time again. This movie was amazing especially for animal lovers. I believe it's very under appreciated. It was sweet and brought tears to my eyes. But you probably do have to be an animal lover to fully like this movie. I wish this movie would go into theaters although it has already been out on DVD for awhile. I wish more attention was brought to this movie because I think it could've done decently well. I wish to show this to my children one day. It's a good movie for kids although maybe a few of the scenes could be a tad frightening. Buddy is a lovable character and this is a great movie.


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