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Mister Buddwing (1966)

Approved | | Drama | 15 July 1966 (West Germany)
An amnesiac (James Garner) wanders the streets of Manhattan, trying to solve the mystery of who he is.

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Evan Hunter (novel), Dale Wasserman (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Mister Buddwing
Jean Simmons ... The Blonde
Suzanne Pleshette ... Fiddle
Katharine Ross ... Janet
Angela Lansbury ... Gloria
George Voskovec ... Shabby Old Man
Jack Gilford ... Mr. Schwartz
Joe Mantell ... 1st Cab Driver
Raymond St. Jacques ... Hank
Ken Lynch ... Dan
Beeson Carroll Beeson Carroll ... Policeman
Billy Halop ... Fredrick Calabrese 2nd Cab Driver
Michael Hadge Michael Hadge ... Counterman
Charles Seel ... Printer
John Tracy John Tracy ... Tony
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Storyline

A man (James Garner) wearing an expensive gray suit finds himself in Central Park in New York City not knowing who he is or how he got there. His amnesia even extends to the fact that he doesn't know how he takes his coffee. All he has in his possession is a crumpled piece of paper wrapped around a couple of pills, the paper also has a scribbled telephone number. He is also wearing a ring with a broken stone, the ring engraved from its giver with his or her monogram, G.V. The telephone number takes him to a woman who doesn't know who he is. Based on what she calls him and some item association, he begins to call himself "Sam Buddwing" if anyone asks him. As he wanders New York City in a daze, he believes he may be an escaped mental patient based on a newspaper story, his clothes, and the monogrammed ring. But a vision of a young brunette makes him remember a woman in his life named Grace. He manages to spend time with a few women during the day, many times believing that woman is ... Written by Huggo

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The Story of a Man Who Had to Live Twelve Years in One Day with Four Women! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1966 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Buddwing See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

MGM purchased the rights to Evan Hunter's novel at the galley proof stage for two hundred thousand dollars. See more »

Goofs

When Buddwing approaches Janet in the city, she sits on a park bench and the boom mic is plainly visible at the bottom of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Mister Buddwing: I don't know where I was last night. I woke up in Central Park. As God is my witness, that's all I know.
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Connections

Edited into Voskovec & Werich - paralelní osudy (2012) See more »

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The movie is about religion, not amnesia.
14 July 2006 | by FarnsbarnsSee all my reviews

I saw this movie on TNT after being intrigued by the lackluster comments from reviewers. I typically like James Garner movies. After seeing the movie, I saw it as a religious allegory. James Garner plays Everyman who was searching to answer the question "Who am I?" During the movie, I realized that he asks that question rather than the question "What is my name?" He is asking an ontological question.

Furthermore, there are two scenes where he refers to the deity. In the first scene, where he is youthfully impetuous, he refers to "all the gods of the earth and cosmos" or something. In the latter reference to deity, he soberly and humbly refers to "God." This reference occurs after an intervening scene of a flashback where he tells his young wife that he loves perfection that he finds in music. He then hears Bach's Requiem Mass; they enter a church and stand before an altar. This is an example of how knowledge of nature can lead to God. As the flashbacks bring back more of his life, Garner matures as finally realizes his current, wretched condition.

The final scene is quite touching. He finds life through grace. Of course, Grace is his wife's name but the scene allegorically refers to the "saving grace." The movie is not a typical amnesia movie. It is disjointed and the dialog stilted, but, like a classical painting, many scenes have meaning when viewed from a religious viewpoint. Perhaps seeing this viewpoint requires knowledge of Christian doctrine. I would've ordered it on DVD, but it doesn't seem to be available.


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