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Buddy (1997)

 -  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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Lynn Robertson Bruce ...
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Robert Tygner ...
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Michelan Sisti ...
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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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Storyline

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  »

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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Soundtracks

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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A missed opportunity
31 January 1999 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

One of the worst films I have seen in some time, this movie was all the more disappointing because it missed the opportunity to say something very important about man's relationship with animals.

There is almost no value to this film as it stands. It's never explained why Rene Russo's character wants to keep so many animals and turn them into humans, or why her husband, by all appearances completely sane, puts up with it. One meaningless scene follows another, none of them with enough humor or pathos to merit watching.


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