Putney Swope

Putney Swope

Director: Robert Downey Sr. Cast: Stanley Gottlieb, Allen Garfield, Mel Brooks

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Overview

After several years working along the margins of the underground film scene in New York, director Robert Downey broke through to wider recognition with the arthouse hit Putney Swope, a wildly irreverent satire of race and advertising in America. Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson) is the token African-American executive at an otherwise all-white advertising agency when the chairman of the board unexpectedly drops dead. Through a fluke in the chain of command, Swope becomes the new head of the firm, and decides its time to do things his way. He fires nearly all the staff (except for his one token white employee), renames the agency Truth and Soul, Inc., and announces they'll no longer accept accounts advertising tobacco, alcohol, or war toys. The ads they do produce -- for acne remedies and breakfast cereal, among other things -- are wildly successful, and the iconoclastic ad agency (which only accepts payment in cash) is targeted by government operatives as a threat to the national security. Antonio Fargas and Allen Garfield lead the supporting cast; Mel Brooks makes a cameo appearance.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/02/2019
UPC: 0814456022147
Original Release: 1969
Rating: NR
Source: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [B&W, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 17,824

Special Features

Newly scanned & restored in 4k from various 35mm pre-print elements; Audio Commentary with Director Robert Downey Sr.; Video Interview with Robert Downey Sr. from 2001 on Putney Swope; Video interview with Robert Downey Sr. from 2008 on Putney Swope; Q and A from the film's screening of the 2005 Philadelphia Film Festival; Audio Interview with Cinematographer Gerald Cotts; Audio Commentary with film critic and historian Sergio Mims; Original Theatrical Trailer; Massive archival article & promo gallery; Reversible cover artwork

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stanley Gottlieb Nathan
Allen Garfield Elias, Jr.
Mel Brooks Mr. Forget It
Arnold Johnson Putney
Buddy Butler Putney's Bodyguard
Ramon Gordon Bissinger
Norman Schreiber Messenger
Antonio Fargas The Arab
Laura Greene Mrs. Swope
Alan Abel Mr. Lucky
Allan Arbus Mr. Bad News
Peter Benson Mr. Jingle
Elzbieta Czyzewska Putney's Maid
Joe Fields Pittsburgh Willie
Eddie Gordon Mr. Victrola Cola
Vincent Hamill Man in White Suit
Pepi Hermine President of the United States
David Kirk Elias, Sr.
Peter Maloney Putney's Chauffeur
George Morgan Mr. Token
Tom Odachi Wing Sobey
Franklin Scott Actor
Robert Staats Mr. War Toys
Ching Yeh Wing Soney, Jr.
Spunk-Funk Johnson Mr. Major
Ruth Hermine First Lady
Lawrence Wolf Mr. Borman Six
Perry Gerwitz Sonny Williams
George Marshall Mr. Executive
Charles Green Actor
Joe Engler Mr. Syllables
Don George Mr. Cards
Walter Jones Jim Keranga
Bert Lawrence Hawker
Shelley Plimpton Face-Off Girl
Archie Russell Joker

Technical Credits
Robert Downey Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Gerald Cotts Cinematographer
Charley Cuva Score Composer
Bill Daley Special Effects
Tom Daniel Special Effects
Dan List Special Effects
New Breed Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Scott Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Smith Editor
Ron Sullivan Producer
Gary Weist Art Director
Josh Zander Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Putney Swope
255. Chapters
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6

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Putney Swope 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You'll laugh so hard, that you'll cry ... long before there was 'Living Color,' 'Saturday Night Live,' and 'Mad TV,' there was 'Putney Swope.' It's really too bad that Robert Downey Sr. never had another commercial success. In many ways, Downey Sr. is the anti-Ed Woods--i.e., someone with real talent who has created films that are truly honest and faithful to his own vision.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago