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Brewster McCloud (1970)

R | | Comedy, Fantasy | June 1971 (UK)
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
Sally Kellerman ... Louise
Michael Murphy ... Shaft
William Windom ... Weeks
Shelley Duvall ... Suzanne
Rene Auberjonois ... The Lecturer
Stacy Keach ... Abraham Wright
John Schuck ... Johnson
Margaret Hamilton ... Daphne Heap
Jennifer Salt ... Hope
Corey Fischer ... Hines
G. Wood ... Crandall
Bert Remsen ... 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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A different kind of film from the director of M*A*S*H See more »

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original title of the film was "Brewster McCloud's Amazing, Sexy Flying Machine". See more »

Goofs

Shaft's Camaro Z28 changes from a Z28/Rally Sport (a.k.a. Z28/RS) to a base Z28 during the chase. A base 1970 Camaro Z28 has the parking lights below the headlights; the Z28/Rally Sport has the parking lights next to the headlights, as well as an open-aired grille. See more »

Quotes

The Lecturer: In these words, the German poet Goethe expressed man's desire to fly, "How I yearn to throw myself into endless space and float above the awful abyss."
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are done twice. The 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 »

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Soundtracks

Lift Every Voice and Sing (Black National Hymn)
Written by Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson
Performed by Merry Clayton
[Played during the opening credits]
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An execrable film
26 October 1999 | by saccentiSee all my reviews

Very strange movie about a boy working on wings and planning to fly away. Or at least about the Houston Astrodome. Oh yeah, there's some murder and sex. And some sort of Oedipal thing. Also, Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch) appears in a cameo, sounding like her character from 1939. And there's some sort of Wizard of Oz statement being made. Ruby slippers, girls dressed up like Dorothy. Whatever. A waste of time. Some will pretend to like this eccentric mess, I suppose, but trust me, nobody is popping this in the VCR after seeing it once.


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