Brewster McCloud

Brewster McCloud

Director: Robert Altman

Cast: Bud Cort, Sally Kellerman, Michael Murphy

     
 

A boy yearns to fly in Robert Altman's whimsical youthquake parable. With the aid of seraphic Louise (Sally Kellerman), owlish Brewster (Bud Cort) constructs a pair of human-size wings in his Houston Astrodome nest to realize his dream. Meanwhile, conservative creeps, including a witchy "Star-Spangled Banner"-belting crone (Margaret Hamilton) and Brewster's skinflint… See more details below

Overview

A boy yearns to fly in Robert Altman's whimsical youthquake parable. With the aid of seraphic Louise (Sally Kellerman), owlish Brewster (Bud Cort) constructs a pair of human-size wings in his Houston Astrodome nest to realize his dream. Meanwhile, conservative creeps, including a witchy "Star-Spangled Banner"-belting crone (Margaret Hamilton) and Brewster's skinflint boss (Stacy Keach), keep turning up dead covered with bird droppings; the Houston Establishment calls in blue-eyed, turtleneck-wearing "San Francisco super cop" Frank Shaft (Michael Murphy) to investigate. Brewster cooks his own goose, however, when he defies Louise's edict against sex and hooks up with Astrodome usher Suzanne (Shelley Duvall) after she impresses him (and saves him) by out-driving Shaft in her Road Runner. Despite her apparent sweetness, Suzanne ultimately will not compromise her comfortable home for flight with Brewster.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Director Robert Altman confounded MGM by following his antiwar hit MASH with this oddball story, in which he mocked Hollywood with nods to The Wizard of Oz and a parody of Steve McQueen's Bullitt, while breaking up the narrative with "interpretive" interjections from an avian lecturer (René Auberjonois), who exhorts the audience at the beginning to draw no conclusions. Altman presents Brewster's wish to fly away from it all as irresistible, yet doomed by late '60s-early '70s cultural confinements; there are too many clowns, young and old, who can ground the idealistic urge to escape. Too inscrutably weird for its own financial good, Brewster McCloud was not well-received by either critics or audiences. Even so, it remains an intriguing barometer of the Nixon-era struggle between repression and freedom, skewed through Altman's penchant for wrapping a sharp message in layers of goofy, ironic absurdities.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2010
UPC:
0883316257135
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
25,441

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bud Cort Brewster McCloud
Sally Kellerman Louise
Michael Murphy Frank Shaft
William Windom Haskel Weeks
Shelley Duvall Suzanne
René Auberjonois Lecturer
Stacy Keach Abraham Wright
John Schuck Lt. Alvin Johnson
Margaret Hamilton Daphne Heap
Jennifer Salt Hope
Corey John Fischer Lt. Hines
G. Wood Police Capt. Crandall
Bert Remsen Douglas Breen
Angeline Johnson Breen's Wife
Bill Baldwin Weeks's Aide
David Welch Green Jr.

Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director
Lou Adler Producer
Preston Ames Art Director
Lamar Boren Cinematographer
Doran William Cannon Screenwriter
Jordan S. Cronenweth Cinematographer
George W. Davis Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Bob Eggenweiler Associate Producer
James Weldon Johnson Score Composer,Songwriter
Rosamond Johnson Songwriter
Lou Lombardo Editor
Wiliam L. McCaughey Sound/Sound Designer
Gene Page Score Composer
John Philips Songwriter
Harry W. Tetrick Sound/Sound Designer
Tommy Thompson Asst. Director

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