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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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Mark Sealey ...
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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 »

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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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Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles and R. Lovell
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Those lips...those eyes!
11 February 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Curiously, it is Rene Russo's eyes and mouth--not Buddy the Gorilla's-- that emerge as the focal point of "Buddy", a Jim Henson Pictures production through Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope. Somehow, countless close-ups of Russo's face slipped passed in the post-production stages, and she literally fills the screen so many times the poor apes are upstaged. Unintentionally funny true story adapted from Gertrude "Trudy" Davies Lint's memoirs about a wealthy doctor's wife who turns their mansion into a menagerie for pets and wild-life. The movie goes beyond good intentions...it positively drips with earnest sincerity. The movie never sparkles with the kind of "family film" magic that it needed, and before too long both the people and the animals seem distinctly programmed (nothing here feels real). About ten minutes in, two chimpanzees are goofing around in Russo's kitchen and start throwing a butcher's knife back and forth (it misses Alan Cumming's head by inches); yet, no eyebrows are raised because it's all in a day's fun. Still, when full-grown gorilla Buddy gets crazy during a thunderstorm, the cops are called--and everyone stares at Buddy through the window while he busts up the living room furniture. The furniture should be the least of anyone's worries in this flabbergasting, do-gooder failure. But, at least we know Russo was in good hands: whenever director Caroline Thompson needs a good pick-up shot, she gives unstartled Rene another extreme close-up. I wonder what the lipstick budget was on this picture? ** from ****


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