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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Gertrude 'Trudy' Lintz
Dr. Bill Lintz
Dick Croner, Trudy's Assistant
Emma, Lintz's Maid
Lynn Robertson Bruce ...
Mark Sealey ...
Robert Tygner ...
Buddy (as Rob Tygner)
Peter Hurst ...
Star Townsend ...
Buddy (as Star Townshend)
Professor Spatz
Mr. Joe Bowman


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buddy - Mein haariger Freund  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$10,005,081 (USA) (15 August 1997)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first feature film from Jim Henson Pictures. See more »


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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Referenced in Orgazmo (1997) See more »


My Buddy
Written by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn
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An enjoyable family movie
19 March 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed the innocence of this film and how the characters had to deal with the reality of having a powerful animal in their midst. The gorilla looks just terrific, and the eyes were especially lifelike. It's even a little scary at times and should have children slightly frightened without going over the top. Rene Russo plays her role wonderfully feminine. Usually these type of Hollywood films that take place in the past feel the need to create a straw-man villain but the only adversary is the gorilla. It's an interesting look at how close some animals are to humans, how they feel the same emotions we do, and yet how we really can't treat them just like people because they aren't. Not many films venture into this territory and it's worth seeing if you want to contemplate the human-animal similarity.

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