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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

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,504,671, 8 June 1997

Gross USA:

$10,113,400

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,113,400
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Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 »

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My Buddy
Written by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn
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SWEET TRUE-LIFE STORY, CAPTIVATING AND SUSPENSEFUL, WELL-ACTED
7 July 2002 | by DRKRAFTSee all my reviews

My tastes may be a little more refined or educated than some previous reviewers. This is not a candidate for the Academy Awards, but still, it is a lovely movie. It is based on a true story and played by a capable and entertaining cast. The first half of the movie is hysterically funny.....the humor is simple, but very entertaining........(if you tastes lean toward juvenile humor such as "Bevis and Butthead", you may not agree). The rest of the movie is very "heart-warming" and even suspenseful. All actors deliver superb and energetic performances. Most of the staging is beautiful and wonderfully period with the exception of some computerized scenes at the World's Faire. Even Paul Ruebens is perfectly cast and does a perfect job! It was captivating and involving for family viewing and for those whose tastes are not limited to high-tech imagery and gory destruction. While I am also a big sci-fi fan and adore murder mysteries and suspense, I still found this to be a pleasing movie that truly involves the watcher in the story.....that is to say....those of us without narrow minds and tastes. If you dislike animals, this movie is not recommended.


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