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Putney Swope (1969)

R | | Comedy | 10 July 1969 (USA)
Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge. Renaming the business "Truth and Soul, Inc.", he replaces the tight ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Downey Sr. (as Robert Downey [a prince])

Writer:

Robert Downey Sr. (as Robert Downey [a prince])
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stan Gottlieb Stan Gottlieb ... Nathan (as Stanley Gottlieb)
Allen Garfield ... Elias, Jr.
Archie Russell Archie Russell ... Joker
Ramon Gordon Ramon Gordon ... Bissinger
Bert Lawrence Bert Lawrence ... Hawker
Joe Madden Joe Madden ... Mr. Syllables (as Joe Engler)
Arnold Johnson Arnold Johnson ... Putney
David Kirk David Kirk ... Elias, Sr.
Don George Don George ... Mr. Cards
Buddy Butler Buddy Butler ... Putney's Bodyguard
Vincent Hamill Vincent Hamill ... Man in White Suit
Tom Odachi Tom Odachi ... Wing Soney
Ching Yeh Ching Yeh ... Wing Soney, Jr.
Spunky-Funk Johnson Spunky-Funk Johnson ... Mr. Major
Joe Fields Joe Fields ... Pittsburgh Willie
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Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge. Renaming the business "Truth and Soul, Inc.", he replaces the tight regime of monied white ad men with his militant brothers. Soon afterwards, however, the power that comes with its position takes its toll on Putney... Written by Doug Mosurak <marumaru@andrew.cmu.edu>

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He runs it down the flagpole and up the establishment See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Патни Своуп See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Syllables: How many syllables, Mario? How many syllables, Mario? How many syllables, Mario? How many syllables, Mario?
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Crazy Credits

As the credit for Robert Downey Sr. scrolls up the screen, the words "(a prince)" appear next to his name. See more »

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Written and Performed by Charley Cuva
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How Many Syllables, Mario?
13 January 2004 | by LatigoMeansSee all my reviews

I can't say how many times that one line has made me laugh or how often I've described that scene to folks not familiar with this film. I saw it the year it was released, I was 19. I don't think there were a dozen people in that East Village theater that night. For years I thought we were the only ones who saw it. Nice to see here that others found it as hysterical as I had, and see it's lasting value despite the time gone by. Rent it, buy it or steal it.... a must see.


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