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Incidentally, unlike most "racial comedies" of the 1960s, Downey allows his pointed satire to skewer both black and white (think Hal Ashby's "The Landlord"). All in all a perfectly insane picture; maybe not a cinematic classic, but certainly the damn funniest products of "alternate" cinema to date.
With my laughing muscles in my face and stomach still aching from the lactic acid built up during the movie, I called Miss Angel and invited her out. She was a prissy little girl and I thought that Swope would be a quick way to cut through her pretentiousness. I put her on notice after asking her "how gross do you go?" in preparing her for the film. She accepted the challenge.
I picked her up in my bright yellow brand new Ford Maverick. She sneered at the lack of leather or power windows or status car crests.
About halfway through the movie she leaned over to me and asked me to take her home. She hated it and hated me. Being a gentleman I determined that she had adequate bus fare and sent her back home.
The movie is my absolute favorite. A depiction of reality demonstrating that regardless of a person's paint job, we are all the same on the inside.
I along with my college buddies never let a visit pass without some reference to this movie.
It was a valuable lesson in our lives.
The passing of Arnold Johnson last month adds a touch of sorrow to tonight's gathering of my buddies as we celebrate our 50th birthdays.
The Borman 6 girl sure does have soul. See the film and learn about Chairman Mario, Mark Focus, President Mimeo, Wynn Sony, Victrola Cola, Lawrence of Nigeria and Face Off.
A word of warning. There were two DVD versions of this movie. The first one's cover has a man with an afro, leaning with back to the camera with scenes from the movie above him. This is the full screen pan/scan version. The newer DVD version's cover has the fist and woman picture. This is the widescreen version. If you care about widescreen, I would avoid purchasing from marketplace sellers that do not explicitly state which cover/version they are selling.
Just a few references... If you are considering getting this, have a look at Eclipse Series 33: Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.. With that you'll get the widescreen version of Swope plus two other films that are similarly bizarre, Chafed Elbows (1966), and No Excuses (1968). If you like Putney, be sure to check out Downey Sr.'s later work Hugo Pool (2006) which is also rather bizarre. And finally, I stumbled on a Dudley Moore film, Crazy People (1990) which almost seems like it's an homage or a sequel to Putney Swope. Check it out as well.
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awesome movie - 1960's counter-culture masterpeice of humor, anger, social commentary, incomprehensible chaos and black power. loved every minute. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Perspectech
I almost ordered this DVD from Amazon but, at the last second, found it cheaper elsewhere. But I ordered it partly because I love this old gem - and partly out of deference to... Read morePublished 16 days ago by J. Alec West
Primitive production values, obstreperous, risque' and often very funny.Published 4 months ago by Leroy Tolstoy
Interesting...I grew up during the 70's a little after the time period portrayed here but did get the jest as this is the beginning of the big advertising / consumption age of the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Scott Christiansen