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Putney Swope (1969)

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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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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Taglines:

The Truth and Soul Movie See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Production Co:

Herald Productions (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"Putney Swope" was $250,000 affair, but it was all non-union. See more »

Quotes

Reporter: Mr. Swope, did you sleep with your wife before you were married?
Putney Swope: Not a wink.
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.49 (2011) See more »

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Ethereal Cereal
Written and Performed by Charley Cuva
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Revolutionary
13 March 2005 | by shneurSee all my reviews

I thought I might be disappointed viewing this film again after so many years. On the contrary, I was more impressed now than in my callow youth with its honesty and brave humour. In 1969, the transition among African-American groups from a predominant policy of conciliation and integration to one of confrontation and self-determination was still quite new, and more than a little controversial. It took courage and finesse to portray both the Establishment and the Anti-establishment as the caricatures they often closely approximated in real life. Special mention should be made of Arnold Johnson's performance: he successfully avoided having his character lapse into either sociopathy or buffoonery. I'd rather watch this than "To Sir With Love" any old day!


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