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Mister Buddwing (1966)

Approved | | Drama | 15 July 1966 (West Germany)
An amnesiac wanders the streets of Manhattan, trying to solve the mystery of who he is.

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Evan Hunter (novel), Dale Wasserman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Mister Buddwing
Jean Simmons ... The Blonde
Suzanne Pleshette ... Fiddle
Katharine Ross ... Janet
Angela Lansbury ... Gloria
George Voskovec ... Shabby Old Man
Jack Gilford ... Mr. Schwartz
Joe Mantell ... 1st Cab Driver
Raymond St. Jacques ... Hank
Ken Lynch ... Dan
Beeson Carroll Beeson Carroll ... Policeman
Billy Halop ... Fredrick Calabrese 2nd Cab Driver
Michael Hadge Michael Hadge ... Counterman
Charles Seel Charles Seel ... Printer
John Tracy John Tracy ... Tony
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Storyline

A man wearing an expensive gray suit finds himself in Central Park in New York City not knowing who he is or how he got there. His amnesia even extends to the fact that he doesn't know how he takes his coffee. All he has on his possession are a crumpled piece of paper wrapped around a couple of pills, the paper also with a scribbled telephone number. He is also wearing a ring with a broken stone, the ring engraved from its giver with his or her monogram, G.V. The telephone number takes him to a woman who doesn't know who he is. Based on what she calls him and some item association, he begins to call himself Sam Buddwing if anyone asks him. As he wanders New York City in a daze, he believes he may be an escaped mental patient based on a newspaper story, his clothes and the monogrammed ring. But a vision of a young brunette makes him remember a woman in his life named Grace. He manages to spend time with a few women during the day, many times he believing that woman is Grace herself. ... Written by Huggo

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The Story of a Man Who Had to Live Twelve Years in One Day with Four Women! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1966 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Buddwing See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

MGM purchased the rights to Evan Hunter's novel at the galley proof stage for $200,000. See more »

Goofs

When Buddwing approaches Janet in the city, she sits on a park bench and the boom mic is plainly visible at the bottom of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Mister Buddwing: I don't know where I was last night. I woke up in Central Park. As God is my witness, that's all I know.
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Referenced in Searchers for a Special City (1965) See more »

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Style and Pacing Over Plot and Dialogue
18 February 2013 | by trusgiftSee all my reviews

Whether you interpret the plot line as a vehicle for allegory or an ultimately flawed exercise in suspense, the highly successful photography, editing and musical scoring in "Mister Buddwing" deserves an audience. It is difficult to imagine a more urgent, dread-tinged, unsettling adrenaline rush as that brought on by the Jean Simmons sequence culminating in the Harlem craps game, even if the climax following is a bit of a pedestrian let-down. Sam Buddwing's grown-up Holden Caufield-like exile in urban wilderness - a bleak mid-1960s Manhattan where he encounters memorable, goodish Samaritans tainted by their own agendas(Jack Gilford as a cafeteria owner preoccupied with Judaism and Angela Lansbury in one of her trampish roles, but distinguishable from, say, "The World of Henry Orient" by her lower social class) and a park vagrant claiming to be God make for a very rich cinematic experience, and the final camera shots, essentially the opening ones in reverse, provide a strikingly satisfying coda.

Notable for its time are a couple of overt homosexual references which don't seem to be significant to the plot, but contribute a degree of realism probably intended to be grittily alienating. In the most poorly-handled scene in the film, where Buddwing is accosted by a beat cop and a crowd, unlikely in its sheer numbers, quickly forms around them, an out gay man makes an appearance which is pretty significant considering the pre-Stonewall setting.


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