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Brewster McCloud (1970)

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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Brewster McCloud
... Louise
... Det. Lt. Frank Shaft
... Haskell Weeks
... Suzanne Davis
... The Lecturer
... Abraham Wright
... Officer Johnson
... Daphne Heap
... Hope
... Officer Hines
... Det. Capt. Crandall
... Officer Douglas Breen
Angelin Johnson ... Mrs. Breen
Dean Goss ... Officer Ledbetter
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Storyline

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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"Something else" from the director of M*A*S*H See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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R | See all certifications »

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18 August 1971 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Brewster McCloud's (Sexy) Flying Machine  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's recurrent theme of birdshit was mirrored 24 years later in Altman's Ready to Wear (1994) which had a similar fixation with dog poo. 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

The Lecturer: Courtship activities have the further function of regulating the timing of sex readiness; so that the reproductive physiology of a pair may be synchronized. This is particularly important in a flying animal; which cannot afford to carry indefinitely the extra ballast of greatly enlarged gonads.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are done twice, followed by the MGM lion opening his mouth to Auberjonois' voice saying, "I forgot the opening line". The opening credits are superimposed over Daphne Heap (Margaret Hamilton) rehearsing "The Star-Spangled Banner" with a marching band in the Astrodome. She stops the song and accuses the band of being on the wrong key. The band begins again, and the credits also start over, with the same titles repeated with the "better" version of the song. One of the opening credits reads: "Title song by Francis Scott Key" See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Ring (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star Spangled Banner
(uncredited)
Written by Francis Scott Key and John Stafford Smith
Performed by Margaret Hamilton and the Jack Yates High School Band
[Daphne Heap sings the song with the band during the opening titles]
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Obscure wonder! Wonderful film.
23 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film, televised in Denmark in the mid-seventies, made a great impact on me. The story of Brewster and his dream of flying was wildly funny and poignant. And why it has become so obscure makes me wonder. I have been hoping for an opportunity to see it again. It is truly a great film as is the instructor Robert Altman!


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