Brewster McCloud (1970)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1970.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by , .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Hilariously bent comedy-fantasy about a young man () whose only friend is a mysterious woman (Sally Kellerman) who is also a bird spirit.  Cort lives in the fallout shelter under Houston’s Astrodome, preparing a mechanical contraption with which he’ll be able to fly, but throughout the process of making it keeps strangling people who get in his way.

This inspires a baffled Houston police force to invite a snazzy San Francisco detective () to come to the city and help them solve the case.

 contributes a wonderful performance in this quirky little gem that shows Robert Altman at his most liberated.

Accentuated by a wonderful soundtrack (mostly by John Phillips) and a brief appearance by the one and only Wicked Witch Of The West, .


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