Buddy 1997

Buddy

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Thanks to the indulgence of her patient husband, Dr. Bill Lintz (Robbie Coltrane), wealthy eccentric Trudy (Rene Russo) has already accumulated a large collection of wild animals by 1931 when she is introduced to Buddy, a sickly young gorilla. Trudy raises Buddy as her own child, dressing him in human clothes, and the ape responds with absolute obedience. But as Buddy grows older and larger, Trudy is unable to restrain him from turning increasingly violent.

Cast

Rene Russo
as Gertrude Lintz
Robbie Coltrane
as Dr. Lintz
Peter Elliott
as Adult Buddy
Mak Wilson
as Juvenile and Adult Buddy Puppeteer
John Aylward
as Mr. Bowman
Mimi Kennedy
as Mrs. Bowman
Jon Simmons
as Theater-goer
Kathleen Klein
as Movie Woman
Frank Collison
as Zoo Keeper
Kyle Galyean
as Bellowing Man
Paul Reubens
as Professor Spatz
Dane Cook
as Fair Cop
John Ennis
as Policeman
Jeff Hatz
as Policeman
Julianna Wheeler
as Cornered Woman
Frank Welker
as Buddy Vocals
Gary A. Hecker
as Buddy Vocals
Hector C. Gika
as Buddy Vocals
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Critic Reviews for Buddy

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Audience Reviews for Buddy

  • May 30, 2008
    Cute animals make for a passable family film. The animatronic baby gorilla and gorilla costume worn by an actor as Buddy matures are believable effects. Rene Russo is a oddball woman of the 30's who feels more at home being a mother to her apes than interacting with other humans in society. And yet it is really a very human coming of age story. It is a very familiar plot with a mother raising an orphan, neglecting her other children and struggling to let the favorite out of the nest, while the orphan son struggles with acceptance, hormones and finding his own place in the world. The movie has some heartwarming moments, but also a lot of hokey scenes and dialogue.
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