Brewster McCloud

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 ...
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2010
  • UPC: 883316257135
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Remastered
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,535

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2004

    Robert Altman's Best Movie.

    I loved this movie. It was a unique story. If you like cult films or love Bud Cort (I know I do!), then this movie is perfect for you! This is Robert Altman's best film ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2003

    Robert Altman's hidden diamond

    When I first time saw this movie I was really interseted in way how Robert Altman's treat the story and caracters. But on second wieving I was amazed on how many details you must catch to understand the whole story.Bud Court is odd as usual,Sally Kellerman prettier than ever. And you can read the story of movie on other rewievs and all are true.Music is also beatifully chosen. Cult movie.

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