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Putney Swope (1969)

R | | Comedy | 10 July 1969 (USA)
Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge. Renaming the business "Truth and Soul, Inc.", he replaces the tight ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Downey Sr. (as Robert Downey [a prince])

Writer:

Robert Downey Sr. (as Robert Downey [a prince])
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stan Gottlieb Stan Gottlieb ... Nathan (as Stanley Gottlieb)
Allen Garfield ... Elias, Jr.
Archie Russell Archie Russell ... Joker
Ramon Gordon Ramon Gordon ... Bissinger
Bert Lawrence Bert Lawrence ... Hawker
Joe Madden Joe Madden ... Mr. Syllables (as Joe Engler)
Arnold Johnson Arnold Johnson ... Putney
David Kirk David Kirk ... Elias, Sr.
Don George Don George ... Mr. Cards
Buddy Butler Buddy Butler ... Putney's Bodyguard
Vincent Hamill Vincent Hamill ... Man in White Suit
Tom Odachi Tom Odachi ... Wing Soney
Ching Yeh Ching Yeh ... Wing Soney, Jr.
Spunky-Funk Johnson Spunky-Funk Johnson ... Mr. Major
Joe Fields Joe Fields ... Pittsburgh Willie
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Storyline

Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge. Renaming the business "Truth and Soul, Inc.", he replaces the tight regime of monied white ad men with his militant brothers. Soon afterwards, however, the power that comes with its position takes its toll on Putney... Written by Doug Mosurak <marumaru@andrew.cmu.edu>

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The Truth and Soul Movie See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Патни Своуп See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to some listings, the Mel Brooks who plays 'Mr. Forget It' is not the writer/director of the same name and the Al Green who plays 'Cowboy #1' is not the singer 'Reverend' Al Green. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Victrola Cola: I got this great window cleaner. Cleans good and doesn't streak. Smells bad, though. Cleans good, but smells bad.
Putney Swope: As a window cleaner, forget it. Put soybeans in it and market it as a soft drink in the ghetto. We'll put a picture of a rhythm and blues singer on the front and call it Victrola Cola.
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As the credit for Robert Downey Sr. scrolls up the screen, the words "(a prince)" appear next to his name. See more »

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Take that, whitey!
19 January 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Made at the height of the Black Power movement, this movie portrays African-American Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson) getting made CEO of a corporation after the white CEO dies (the white executives all hate each other and can't decide who should succeed the previous CEO). Once in power, he decides to turn it into a militant organization.

I don't know how Robert Downey Sr did it, but he did it! "Putney Swope" is the ultimate jab at America's power structure. It's the sort of thing that seems like it would have come out of Richard Pryor's mind. This is a comedy classic in every sense of the word. A real masterpiece. Hilarious.


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