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Brewster McCloud (1970)

R | | Comedy, Fantasy | June 1971 (UK)
An introverted loner living in the bowels of the Astrodome plots to develop - with the aid of a mysterious guardian angel - a pair of wings that will help him fly.

Director:

Robert Altman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Cort ... Brewster
Sally Kellerman ... Louise
Michael Murphy ... Shaft
William Windom ... Weeks
Shelley Duvall ... Suzanne
Rene Auberjonois ... The Lecturer
Stacy Keach ... Abraham Wright
John Schuck ... Johnson
Margaret Hamilton ... Daphne Heap
Jennifer Salt ... Hope
Corey Fischer ... Hines
G. Wood ... Crandall
Bert Remsen ... Douglas Breen
Angelin Johnson Angelin Johnson ... Mrs. Breen
Dean Goss Dean Goss ... Officer Ledbetter
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Brewster is an owlish, intellectual boy who lives in a fallout shelter of the Houston Astrodome. He has a dream: to take flight within the confines of the stadium. Brewster tells those he trusts of his dream, but displays a unique way of treating others who do not fit within his plans. When the fateful day arrives, and he enters the dome with his fanciful construction of bird wings, Brewster is surrounded by the police. Will he be caught before he attempts to fly? Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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THIS MAY BE OVER YOUR HEAD. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Actress Shelley Duvall received an 'introducing' credit. See more »

Goofs

The chase with Shaft begins with a closeup of the traffic light at which Suzanne is waiting in the Road Runner. When the light changes from red to green there's a slight change in the shape and position of the clouds in the background, indicating an edit. See more »

Quotes

Det. Capt. Crandall: I know bird shit when I see it. Now, I suggest we drop this bird shit, shit, and settle down for some old fashioned police work!
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Crazy Credits

Instead of a roar, when the MGM lion opens his mouth, Rene Auberjonois' voice is heard saying "I forgot the opening line". See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

I Promise Not To Tell
Written by John Phillips
Performed by John Phillips
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User Reviews

An execrable film
26 October 1999 | by saccentiSee all my reviews

Very strange movie about a boy working on wings and planning to fly away. Or at least about the Houston Astrodome. Oh yeah, there's some murder and sex. And some sort of Oedipal thing. Also, Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch) appears in a cameo, sounding like her character from 1939. And there's some sort of Wizard of Oz statement being made. Ruby slippers, girls dressed up like Dorothy. Whatever. A waste of time. Some will pretend to like this eccentric mess, I suppose, but trust me, nobody is popping this in the VCR after seeing it once.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Brewster McCloud's (Sexy) Flying Machine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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