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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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He runs it down the flagpole and up the establishment 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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Company Credits

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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Trivia

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Commercial Narrator: Jim Keranga of Watts, California is eating a bowl of Ethereal Cereal, the heavenly breakfast. Jim, did you know that Ethereal has 25% more riboflavin than any other cereal on the market? Ethereal also packs the added punch of .002 ESP units of pectin!
Jim Keranga: No shit.
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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 Magnolia (1999) See more »

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Let Me Tell You Something
Written and Performed by Charley Cuva
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As outstanding now as it was "then"
1 November 2006 | by caa821See all my reviews

This film had about everything one could wish when viewing it originally, at the end of the 1960's decade. It was immensely entertaining, and provided a contemporary view of the many changes which had occurred during that period - and were still ongoing - in terms of the Black Power movement, Vietnam, and the volatile movement which followed the quieter, preceding postwar 1950's.

All of this and one of the funniest films, then or now.

Viewing it for the second time recently, I was surprised to find it as engrossing as when seen originally. Its humor is as funny, and its message as strong.

And in viewing it now, you get all of this, while at the same time gaining the added enjoyment of its being a "period piece," and a superb chronicling of its this historic, turbulent time.


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