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Buddy (1997)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  6 June 1997 (USA)
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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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Robert Tygner ...
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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)  »

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Buddy - Mein haariger Freund  »

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$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 »

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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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Features The Play House (1921) See more »

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Written by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn
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Animal lovers everywhere should go ape over "Buddy"!
11 January 2007 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Trudy Lintz (Rene Russo) was one very fortunate lady many years ago. She was the wife of a wealthy doctor and had lots of extracurricular money. Her passion was animals and she devoted herself to providing a sanctuary for the furry ones on her property grounds. Trudy also raised two chimps in her home to be more like children. They dressed in clothes and had many amenities. One day, she learns of an abandoned baby gorilla. Knowing nothing about the large apes, she relies on her husband's medical abilities and expert advice to save the gorilla's life. Once out of danger, Trudy decides she will raise the gorilla, also, as one of her children. This works well for years and Buddy, the gorilla, is truly a remarkably intelligent addition to her home. But, Buddy is also a gorilla and his strength and curiosity become quite enormous. Will Trudy be able to keep Buddy under control? For those who love animals, Buddy is a must-see movie. Based on a true story, Trudy and her ape develop a relationship that is unique in the annals of animal history and lore. Of course, Buddy is not a real gorilla but a mechanical one, in the film, but he is very close to seeming totally real. Russo gives a nice performance as a lady ahead of her time and the supporting players are also quite nice. The costumes are exemplary, as befitting the earlier era of the story, and the settings and production values outstanding. But, most importantly, animals are here in abundance, not only Buddy, but the adorable chimps, the ducks, the rabbits, and so forth. For those who want to watch a film and be transported to animal heaven, here on earth, this is a great movie choice. All animal lovers, and even those who just want to watch a great family film, will go "ape" over Buddy.


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