A boy yearns to fly in Robert Altman’s whimsical youthquake parable. With the aid of seraphic Louise (Sally Kellerman), owlish Brewster (Bud Cort) constructs a pair of human-size wings in his Houston Astrodome nest to realize his dream.
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It speaks to the contrariness of Robert Altman that after hitting it big with MASH (after more than a decade of hacking away at Hollywood) he chose to follow it up with a film designed to confuse at least half that movie's fans. The result is tough to describe—the closest I can come is "Dr. Seuss writes a crime serial for Mad Magazine"—but undeniably some kind of joy, carefully constructed and utterly whacked-out.
One of Robert Altman's strangest and best works. A bizarre story that's difficult to describe, and would seem to be even more difficult to make all its disparate elements work. But Altman somehow manages to blend it all together into a breezy, wholly original flight of comic fancy headlined by a great offbeat cast. A classic that deserves to be better known.
Altman amps up the silliness in this hilarious followup to MASH. Before Harold fell in love with Maude he learned to fly in this insane film that also pokes fun of Bullitt and showcases the Houston Astro Dome. This gem also marks when Altman discovered Shelley Duvall.
Basically everything I love about Altman is in full flow in this weird, idiosyncratic film. The car chase sequence is fantastic, easily my favourite car chase depicted on screen. Stacy Keach is totally unrecognisable and completely unforgettable. Altman's 70's run is perhaps the greatest run in cinema history (in my humble opinion of course).
9.5/10 - I have no idea whatsoever what I just watched, but one thing I know for sure is that I loved every minute of it. Waldo builds wings for himself, while protected by his beautiful guardian angel, but at the same time people get killed by a mysterious strangler and a weird bird-man narrates everything? I dont even....
Altman's follow up after MASH is a an oddball murder-mystery comedy about Brewster McCloud (Bud Cort) who lives in the Houston Astrodome and wants to literally fly like a bird...at any cost...has some good moments but not one of Altman's better films...
Considering it's Bud Court dressed as Waldo, hanging out with Shelly Duval, and spending his time trying to make a pair of wings, you'd think this movie would be Twee as fuck. It's surprisingly dark! Very dark!