Putney Swope

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/1995
  • UPC: 081227217235
  • Original Release: 1969
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  • Source: RHINO
  • Format: VHS

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
Mel Brooks Mr. Forget It
Mel Brooks Mr. Forget It
Elzbieta Czyzewska Putney's Maid
Joe Engler Mr. Syllables
Joe Fields Pittsburgh Willie
Don George Mr. Cards
Perry Gerwitz Sonny Williams
Eddie Gordon Mr. Victrola Cola
Charles Green
Vincent Hamill Man in White Suit
Pepi Hermine President of the United States
Ruth Hermine First Lady
Spunk-Funk Johnson Mr. Major
Walter Jones Jim Keranga
David Kirk Elias, Sr.
Bert Lawrence Hawker
Peter Maloney Putney's Chauffeur
George Marshall Mr. Executive
George Morgan Mr. Token
Tom Odachi Wing Sobey
Shelley Plimpton Face-Off Girl
Archie Russell Joker
Franklin Scott
Robert Staats Mr. War Toys
Lawrence Wolf Mr. Borman Six
Ching Yeh Wing Soney, Jr.
Technical Credits
Robert Downey Sr. 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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I've been trying to buy a copy for 30 years

    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.

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