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Buddy (1997)

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An eccentric socialite raises a gorilla as her son.

Director:

Caroline Thompson

Writers:

Gertrude Davies Lintz (book), William Joyce (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rene Russo ... Mrs. Gertrude 'Trudy' Lintz
Robbie Coltrane ... Dr. Bill Lintz
Alan Cumming ... Dick Croner, Trudy's Assistant
Irma P. Hall ... Emma, Lintz's Maid
Peter Elliott ... Buddy
Mak Wilson ... Buddy
Lynn Robertson Bruce Lynn Robertson Bruce ... Buddy
Mark Sealey Mark Sealey ... Buddy
Robert Tygner Robert Tygner ... Buddy (as Rob Tygner)
Michelan Sisti ... Buddy
Peter Hurst ... Buddy
Leif Tilden Leif Tilden ... Buddy
Star Townsend Star Townsend ... Buddy (as Star Townshend)
Paul Reubens ... Professor Spatz
John Aylward ... Mr. Joe Bowman
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Storyline

This is a fact based story about a socialite and her husband who live in a mansion with a brood of animals including chimpanzees who are raised as her children. When she discovers an ailing baby gorilla, she decides to care for it as well. Years later, the gorilla is fully grown and its strength is sometimes out of control. However, the gorilla shows love for his mistress and obeys her commands. That all changes when she is invited to display the gorilla and chimps at the Chicago World's Fair. Accidentally freed by one of the chimps, the gorilla terrorizes the Fair. From that point on, he becomes moody and more uncontrollable until he attacks his mistress in a bestial rage. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Welcome to a family that will make yours seem tame.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some threatening animal action | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buddy - Mein haariger Freund See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,504,671, 8 June 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,005,081, 17 August 1997
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Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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The first feature film from Jim Henson Pictures. See more »

Quotes

Emma: It's enough to drive you to the nut house. Of course this place probably already is the nut house.
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My Buddy
Written by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn
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An entertaining family film
29 March 2001 | by wmreedSee all my reviews

Buddy is an entertaining family film set in a time when "humanizing" animals, and making them cute was an accepted way to get people to be interested in them.

Based on a true story, Buddy shows the great love that the main characters have for animals and for each other, and that they will do anything for each other.

While not a perfect movie, the animated gorilla is quite lifelike most of the time and the mayhem that occurs within the home is usually amusing for children.

This film misses an opportunity to address the mistake of bringing wild animals into the home as pets, but does show the difficulties.

A recommended film which was the first for Jim Henson Productions.


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