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Buddy (1997)



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Based on Gertrude Davies Lintz's autobiographical account, this drama examines the relationship between an eccentric New York socialite and the gorilla baby she raises to adulthood. Though she treats him as an overgrown child, a visit to the World's Fair forces her to reconsider her actions.

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Rene Russo
as Gertrude Lintz
Robbie Coltrane
as Dr. Lintz
Peter Elliott
as Adult Buddy
Mak Wilson
as Juvenile and Adult Buddy Puppeteer
John Aylward
as Mr. Bowman
Mimi Kennedy
as Mrs. Bowman
Jon Simmons
as Theater-goer
Kathleen Klein
as Movie Woman
Frank Collison
as Zoo Keeper
Kyle Galyean
as Bellowing Man
Paul Reubens
as Professor Spatz
Dane Cook
as Fair Cop
John Ennis
as Policeman
Jeff Hatz
as Policeman
Julianna Wheeler
as Cornered Woman
Frank Welker
as Buddy Vocals
Gary A. Hecker
as Buddy Vocals
Hector C. Gika
as Buddy Vocals
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Critic Reviews for Buddy

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7)

I watched this movie with steadily mounting incredulity. I was trying to find the category for it, and there isn't one.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Stifled by quaint Masterpiece Theatre-for-tykes pretensions, Buddy only comes alive when its quartet of real-life chimps go ape.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4
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December 31, 2004 | Full Review…

Rene Russo provides a welcome dose of starpower, but there is only so much acting she can do opposite a guy in a gorilla suit.

December 21, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Light entertainment.

April 9, 2004 | Rating: 6/10

A fine family film filled with rich lessons about animal and human interaction.

February 27, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Buddy

Cute animals make for a passable family film. The animatronic baby gorilla and gorilla costume worn by an actor as Buddy matures are believable effects. Rene Russo is a oddball woman of the 30's who feels more at home being a mother to her apes than interacting with other humans in society. And yet it is really a very human coming of age story. It is a very familiar plot with a mother raising an orphan, neglecting her other children and struggling to let the favorite out of the nest, while the orphan son struggles with acceptance, hormones and finding his own place in the world. The movie has some heartwarming moments, but also a lot of hokey scenes and dialogue.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

Truly cute movie!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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