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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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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)
Michelan Sisti ...
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 <>

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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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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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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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An entertaining family film
29 March 2001 | by (Columbus, OH, USA) – See all my reviews

Buddy is an entertaining family film set in a time when "humanizing" animals, and making them cute was an accepted way to get people to be interested in them.

Based on a true story, Buddy shows the great love that the main characters have for animals and for each other, and that they will do anything for each other.

While not a perfect movie, the animated gorilla is quite lifelike most of the time and the mayhem that occurs within the home is usually amusing for children.

This film misses an opportunity to address the mistake of bringing wild animals into the home as pets, but does show the difficulties.

A recommended film which was the first for Jim Henson Productions.

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