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Buddy

Director/Writer: Caroline Thompson
Director of Photography:Steve Mason
Editor:Jonathan Shaw
Music:Elmer Bernstein
Production Designers:David Nichols and Daniel Lomino
Producers:Steve Nicholaides and Fred Fuchs
Jim Henson Pictures and Columbia; PG; 84
minutes
Release:6/97
Cast:Rene Russo, Robbie Coltrane, Peter Elliott, Alan Cumming, Paul Reubens and Irma T. Hall
Based on the book Animals Are My Hobby by Gertrude Davies Lintz

An odd career move for Russo, who has until now shown discretion when choosing roles and leading men. Real-life Brooklyn socialite Gertrude “Trudy” Lintz turns her elegant apartment into a zoo, housing a sizable menagerie. The apple of her eye is Buddy, a gorilla she adopts as a sick infant. She dresses him in custom threads from Bergdorf Goodman and nurtures him as a son. But Trudy has to rethink Buddy as a domestic pet when she takes him to the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago and he acts, well, like a gorilla. A bland film that never explains Trudy's peculiar lifestyle.


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