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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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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 $200,000. 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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"Memento" of the 60's
31 January 2007 | by katesullivan1See all my reviews

A quirky, moody, sleight of reality. As this movie progresses it becomes more an altered chronology of remembered events rather than a series of hallucinations. The city of New York is more than a geographical location, it is an artistic "set". The use of black and white rather than color gives this particular "set" a role in establishing the mood and tone. ALL the shots are for dramatic effect, not a wasted inch. High contrast but in a muted way. A perfect example is the black iron walkway leading to the bridge against a NY skyline and Suzanne Pleshette in a white coat and boots (ala '60"s). This composition has great dark lines and light forms but almost in an early evening haze.

Then, I also must comment on Jean Simmons like I've hardly ever seen her. She was so coquettish, lush, lively and degenerate at the same time that I thought I was seeing Vivien Leigh as a young flapper. I was quite mesmerized trying to reconcile this Jean Simmons with "Young Bess". I thought she was the spark of the whole movie.

The cutting and arranging of the sequences lent themselves to dramatically unfolding the story in non-chronological order. This is what made me think of "Memento".

Like "Memento"'s Guy Pearce, James Garner mostly stumbles through "Mr. Buddwing" fairly stupefied. This behavior seems about right to me if someone were truly experiencing this altered reality.

I recommend this movie for a dark, hushed evening, especially if you have friends willing to "suspend dis-belief" and careen around New York and James Garner's head.


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