Buddy

1997, Kids & family/Comedy, 1h 24m

20 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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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 & Crew

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
Paul Reubens
Professor Spatz
John Aylward
Mr. Joe Bowman
Mimi Kennedy
Mrs. Bunny Bowman
Jon Simmons
Theatergoer
Kyle Galyean
Bellowing Man
Dane Cook
Fair Cop
John Ennis
Policeman
Jeff Hatz
Policeman
Julianna Wheeler
Cornered Woman
Stephanie Allain
Executive Producer
Francis Ford Coppola
Executive Producer
Brian Henson
Executive Producer
Elmer Bernstein
Original Music
Steve Mason
Cinematography
Daniel A. Lomino
Production Design
David Nichols
Production Design
Thomas Fichter
Art Director
Linda Spheeris
Set Decoration
Colleen Atwood
Costume Design
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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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