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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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Robert Altman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Cort ... Brewster McCloud
Sally Kellerman ... Louise
Michael Murphy ... Det. Lt. Frank Shaft
William Windom ... Haskell Weeks
Shelley Duvall ... Suzanne Davis
Rene Auberjonois ... The Lecturer
Stacy Keach ... Abraham Wright
John Schuck ... Officer Johnson
Margaret Hamilton ... Daphne Heap
Jennifer Salt ... Hope
Corey Fischer ... Officer Hines
G. Wood ... Det. Capt. Crandall
Bert Remsen ... Officer Douglas Breen
Angelin Johnson Angelin Johnson ... Mrs. Breen
Dean Goss 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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Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lion's Gate Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Altman substantially changed screenwriter Doran William Cannon's script which displeased the author greatly. Cannon wrote a fiery editorial in the New York Times, calling the film "shit". See more »

Goofs

The license plate "BRD SHT" would have been disallowed; Texas had a long list (in about five languages) of things you could not have on custom plates. This also covers the general issue license plate (in 2015 when the Texas Classic general issue license plate reached FCJ the next letter up was FCL since the next letter combination was an expletive; during early 2018 the first three letters up to KKJ was advanced to the KKL since the next combination (KKK) are the initials for the Ku Klux Klan, hence the letter combination KKK-000x was not used. See more »

Quotes

Weeks: I'd like to go on record right now. I do not admire a man who uses others as a stepping stone to gain his own ends.
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The First and Last Thing To Do
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This is an Altman classic!
6 March 2006 | by jdlarsen-1See all my reviews

Folks must have been very stoned when they made this .... It is such a "playful" film with so many great characters (and actors) riding on a very wild and surreal mixed up mythology. The film should be re-released (maybe since Altman got an Oscar they will).

I don't know how he got away with making this... but thank God he did!

In many ways Robert Altman except for his hands off approach to his actors has created many films that are at the equal to Fredrico Fellini in satire and whimsically profound sequences that baffle the audience -= but ain't it nice to home from a movie and remember it because you just can't get the ideas and images out of your head.

This is a very funny film. It has the Star Spangle Banner, Ruby Slippers, Bird Do-Do, Mustard pumps, un-principled law enforcers, and wings that try very hard to fly away.


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