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Mister Buddwing (1966)

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

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Evan Hunter (novel), Dale Wasserman
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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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 Charles Seel ... Printer
John Tracy John Tracy ... Tony
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Storyline

A man 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 on his possession are a crumpled piece of paper wrapped around a couple of pills, the paper also with 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 he believing that woman is Grace herself. ... Written by Huggo

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The Strangest Girl-Hunt A Man Ever Went On! 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

In his memoirs "The Garner Files" (2011), James Garner rates this as his worst movie. His comment about it: "I'd summarize the plot, but to this day, I have no clue what it is. Worst picture I ever made. What where they thinking? What was I thinking?" (page 256) 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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Referenced in Searchers for a Special City (1965) See more »

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WONDERFUL
8 September 2002 | by ivan-22See all my reviews

Great jazz score. Memorable dialogue. Fascinating characters. Even small parts are interesting. Vulnerable male lead (unlike cardboard cutouts). Ladies with personality. Wonderful performances even by bit players. Gorgeous black and white photography. New York streets. Camera that isn't afraid to dare. Pure gold performance by Pleshette as an ever-aspiring thespian. This movie IS a jazz score. It is about life, midlife and city life. It's suspenseful, but the suspense isn't its central element. Mood is. This movie is perfect from every angle, in every department. Not much more can be expected from images on a screen. A movie with an attitude that presents life as style. Voila.


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