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Putney Swope
     

Putney Swope

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Director: Robert Downey Sr., Stanley Gottlieb, Allen Garfield, Arnold Johnson

Cast: Robert Downey Sr., Stanley Gottlieb, Allen Garfield, Arnold Johnson

 

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After several years working along the margins of the underground film scene in New York, director Robert Downey broke through to wider recognition with the arthouse hit Putney Swope, a wildly irreverent satire of race and advertising in America. Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson) is the token African-American executive at an otherwise all-white advertising agency

Overview

After several years working along the margins of the underground film scene in New York, director Robert Downey broke through to wider recognition with the arthouse hit Putney Swope, a wildly irreverent satire of race and advertising in America. Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson) is the token African-American executive at an otherwise all-white advertising agency when the chairman of the board unexpectedly drops dead. Through a fluke in the chain of command, Swope becomes the new head of the firm, and decides its time to do things his way. He fires nearly all the staff (except for his one token white employee), renames the agency Truth and Soul, Inc., and announces they'll no longer accept accounts advertising tobacco, alcohol, or war toys. The ads they do produce -- for acne remedies and breakfast cereal, among other things -- are wildly successful, and the iconoclastic ad agency (which only accepts payment in cash) is targeted by government operatives as a threat to the national security. Antonio Fargas and Allen Garfield lead the supporting cast; Mel Brooks makes a cameo appearance.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2006
UPC:
0014381315929
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
R
Source:
Homevision
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
21,026

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interview with Robert Downey Sr.; Commentary by Robert Downey Sr.; Liner notes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stanley Gottlieb Nathan
Allen Garfield Elias, Jr.
Arnold Johnson Putney
Buddy Butler Putney's Bodyguard
Ramon Gordon Bissinger
Norman Schreiber Messenger
Antonio Fargas The Arab
Laura Greene Mrs. Swope
Alan Abel Mr. Lucky
Allan Arbus Mr. Bad News
Peter Benson Mr. Jingle
Elzbieta Czyzewska Putney's Maid
Joe Fields Pittsburgh Willie
Eddie Gordon Mr. Victrola Cola
Vincent Hamill Man in White Suit
Pepi Hermine President of the United States
David Kirk Elias, Sr.
Peter Maloney Putney's Chauffeur
George Morgan Mr. Token
Tom Odachi Wing Sobey
Franklin Scott Actor
Robert Staats Mr. War Toys
Ching Yeh Wing Soney, Jr.
Spunk-Funk Johnson Mr. Major
Ruth Hermine First Lady
Lawrence Wolf Mr. Borman Six
Perry Gerwitz Sonny Williams
George Marshall Mr. Executive
Mel Brooks Mr. Forget It
Joe Engler Mr. Syllables
Don George Mr. Cards
Walter Jones Jim Keranga
Bert Lawrence Hawker
Shelley Plimpton Face-Off Girl
Archie Russell Joker
Charles Green Actor

Technical Credits
Robert Downey Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Gerald Cotts Cinematographer
Charley Cuva Score Composer
Bill Daley Special Effects
Tom Daniel Special Effects
Dan List Special Effects
New Breed Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Scott Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Smith Editor
Ron Sullivan Producer
Gary Weist Art Director
Josh Zander Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Putney Swope
1. A Beer Commercial [6:20]
2. Democratic Process; Main Title [7:08]
3. A New Deal That's So Real [7:22]
4. Jackals at the Door [3:27]
5. Very Special Employees [7:55]
6. Militant Directives [5:01]
7. Dealing With the Establishment [7:43]
8. Campaign for the New Generation [2:05]
9. Pillow Talk or Walk! [6:37]
10. Executive Board Meeting [2:03]
11. Very Provocative Advertisements [5:52]
12. Creative Disagreements [4:43]
13. Media Sensation [2:17]
14. Billy's Pal [3:23]
15. Assassination Attempt [2:35]
16. Swope Loses Hope [5:23]
17. Profit Sharing [3:12]
18. End Credits [1:42]

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Putney Swope 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You'll laugh so hard, that you'll cry ... long before there was 'Living Color,' 'Saturday Night Live,' and 'Mad TV,' there was 'Putney Swope.' It's really too bad that Robert Downey Sr. never had another commercial success. In many ways, Downey Sr. is the anti-Ed Woods--i.e., someone with real talent who has created films that are truly honest and faithful to his own vision.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago