Brewster McCloud (1970)
Average Rating: 7.1/10
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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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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,
Jun 1, 1971 Wide
Lt. Alvin Johnson
Corey John Fischer
Police Capt. Crandall
Altman's unexpected follow-up to MASH is pitched fairly successfully between escapist fantasy and satirical comment on the same.
We get the sense of a live intelligence, rushing things ahead on the screen, not worrying whether we'll understand.
One of Robert Altman's most charming exercises in cabaret humor and off-the-cuff modernism.
I can't say that I regret watching Brewster McCloud, but I also can't say that I'd sit through it again.
There is something delightful in the absurdity and chaos of the movie that kept my interest even as I struggled to pinpoint exactly what it was that I was watching.
The film is so odd and freewheeling that it probably should have become a cult classic, if not for the fact that it has been so hard to find on video.
Anyone who cherishes Robert Altman's work definitely needs to see this defiantly kooky comedy.
"Man is not a bird," posits Dusan Makavejev. Oh but he is, Robert Altman retorts.
Altman's best movie. No s---.
30 years on, the swipes at materialism seem mild, and the narrative -- if it can be called that -- introduces ideas and actions which go unexplained.
Weird, weirdly poetic early Altman
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