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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.

Director:

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:

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Trivia

First of seven films that Shelley Duvall made with director Robert Altman. Besides this film, they are Popeye (1980), Nashville (1975), 3 Women (1977), Thieves Like Us (1974), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), and Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976). See more »

Goofs

When the Road Runner makes a left turn on Old Spanish Trail heading west, Johnson's police cruiser switches from a 1970 Plymouth Fury to a 1968 Fury III. See more »

Quotes

Abraham Wright: Look! McCloud, on the hood! Bird do-do. Bird do-do. Stop the car, McCloud. Stop the car! Get that thing off of there. Get it off! Hurry up, McCloud. Hurry up! Wipe it off! Make sure there's nothin' there. It'll run right threw the paint. Bird shit on the hood, God damn. I tell you. I should have never of hired you this morning. God damn, bird shit. McCloud, are you happy in your work?
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Crazy Credits

Introducing Shelley Duvall See more »


Soundtracks

The First and Last Thing To Do
Written by John Phillips
Performed by John Phillips
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Bizarre, Unique, wonderful
22 September 1999 | by metaphor-2See all my reviews

It's hard to talk about a film as unparalleled as Brewster McCloud. It creates its own world out of element from the world we know so well. It plays with everything, including its self-consciousness about being a movie. It weaves together many threads into a lovely, heart-breaking snapshot of a moment in America.

The situation: The world has gone mad. The wicked witch is wearing the Ruby slippers, and has become a beloved social icon. Who wouldn't want to fly away?

Enter Brewster McCloud, a young man who plans to do just that. He is hiding out in the basement of the Astrodome in Houston, working on building his wings. The kind you wear. Like Icarus did. His plan is all feeling, very focused, but doesn't take him past the immediate "How?" He is under the tutelage and protection of a sort of Bird-Goddess/Angel (played by Sally Kellerman) who walks around wearing absolutely nothing but a red plastic raincoat. When she takes it off, you can see the long, curving scars where her wings were removed. She also drives around in a small red car whose license-plate reads "BRDSHT".

Lest you think I've given away too much, let me assure you this barely scratches the surface. Who is responsible for the wave of mysterious murders? What of the presidential candidate who's all over town, is he an assassination target? What is the connection with the horny young girl (Shelly Duvall, in her first movie role - I believe she was discovered by Altman when he attended a party at her house during the location shoot in Houston) who comes to visit Brewster but can't ever really get his attention?

A wonderful, under-rated film worth seeing.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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