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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.


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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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Trivia

Rene Russo came out a month before principal photography started to work to rehearse with each individual chimp. 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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Connections

Features The Play House (1921) See more »

Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles and R. Lovell
Played for the chimp act in the Chicago Century of Progress Exhibition of 1933
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I loved it.
25 July 2004 | by bonmailSee all my reviews

I just watched Buddy for the first time on TV. I thought it was great! I am a big animal lover and yes, I too treat them more like my children than animals.

Buddy is a movie that will delight animal lovers. I really felt that Rene Russo portrayed the bond between her and the gorilla. The loved each other.

When Buddy ran free at the fair, it was the frightened screams he was met with that frightened him. It was just cruel when people threw things at him. It very much saddened me when the inevitable happened. I cried and cried. I do not understand anyone who does not love this movie. The only thing I can think of, is that if you don't like this movie, you don't like animals.


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