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Buddy (1997)

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An eccentric socialite raises a gorilla as her son.

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Caroline Thompson

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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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The first feature film from Jim Henson Pictures. See more »

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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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Featured in The Nostalgia Teen: Buddy (2011) See more »

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My Buddy
Written by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn
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Reasonable Family Entertainment, More Indicated For Children
25 March 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After growing dogs and chimpanzees, the eccentric millionaire Gertrude 'Trudy' Lintz (Rene Russo) raises a sick baby gorilla in her mansion as if it were a child, calling him "Buddy". When the animal grows, her husband, Dr. Bill Lintz (Robbie Coltrane), advises her to send it to its habitat or to a zoo. However, Trudy loves Buddy and believes she can keep it at home. After an exposition in the Chicago World's Fair, Buddy has a bad experience with the public and becomes violent, not obeying Trudy's orders anymore. "Buddy" is a reasonable family entertainment, more indicated for children. The story is not bad and focuses mainly in the relationship between Trudy and Buddy, but does not develop the characters, the place, the time. When and where the story happens? Why Trudy does not have a baby and has such abnormal behavior, preferring animals to children? How far this movie is based on a true story? With regard to the film itself, the production is not bad, but there is not "heart" in the direction and interpretation. This type of story is usually very well developed by Disney studios. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Buddy"


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