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Buddy [DVD]

Rene Russo , Robbie Coltrane , Lynn Robertson Bruce    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rene Russo, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Cumming, Irma P. Hall, Paul Reubens
  • Directors: Lynn Robertson Bruce
  • Producers: Elmer Bernstein, Steve Nicolaides
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Uca Catalogue
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2005
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009UCEVO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,293 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Based on the life of Gertrude Lintz, a Long Island socialite who kept an amazing menagerie of animals on her estate, this very able film by Caroline Thompson (Black Beauty) concentrates on Lintz's relationship with a gorilla named Buddy, whom she raised from infancy on. The film is geared toward kids but in the very best sense as Thompson orchestrates some very entertaining sequences without cutting corners on logic, the way most forms of children's entertainment do today. Rene Russo is very good as the eccentric woman, and Robbie Coltrane is uncharacteristically warm and fuzzy as her patient husband. Nice support work from Alan Cumming and the rest of the cast. Thompson is aiming for something akin to the live-action glory days of Disney, and she comes close to achieving it. --Tom Keogh

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Based on the true story of Gertrude 'Trudy' Lintz (Rene Russo), an eccentric socialite who, with her husband Bill (Robbie Coltrane) and assistant Dick (Alan Cumming), delights in sharing her home with a bunch of apes and monkeys. Trudy's favourite is Buddy, a cheeky gorilla who gets himself into all sorts of scrapes.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow and boring 18 Dec 2011
Despite its low 80 minute runtime, Buddy is unfortunately a poorly paced and slow movie about an animal loving woman (Rene Russo) who raises a gorilla alongside her horses, dogs, ducks, cats and chimpanzees until it terrorises the Chicago State Fair. Supposedly based on true events, the story is as formulaic as they come, suffering from a standardised script and poor structure. Despite this, Russo and Robbie Coltrane put in a couple of reasonable performances to stop the film becoming too stale and the mechanised Buddy made by the Jim Henson Company looks good, if unspectacular. The chimpanzees have a couple of funny moments and the set design is worthy of a nod, but the story is just too slow and boring to keep anybody entertained. Skip it. 2/5
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HEARTWARMING FAMILY FUN 11 Feb 2001
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUDDY 25 Aug 2010
I have watched this dvd when it first came out and thought it was very good since then I have purchased my own copy to watch when ever I want to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute, but inaccurate 8 July 2002
By C.Y. - Published on
This is a fine retelling of Dr. Doolitle, based on some true aspects of Gertrude Lintz's life. Buddy was best known worldwide as "Gargantua" after his sale to the Ringling Brothers circus in 1937 by Ms. Lintz. There was no nature preserve, and no putting him out to pasture. Buddy had been rescued by Ms. Lintz as a baby after he fell victim to an attack by a disgruntled sailor aboard the ship that was carrying him away from his home in the lowlands of Africa. The sailor emptied the contents of a fire extinguisher containing acid into the baby's face and left him for dead. Ms. Lintz bought the once valuable cargo from the captain at a bargain and nursed him back to health. As the movie shows, she raised Buddy along with a menagerie of other creatures as her own child. When he became unmanageable and dangerous, she contacted John Ringling North and Henry "Buddy" Ringling North with a proposition to sell Buddy. Their account of the meeting and sale is vastly different than anything shown in the happy ending of this movie. They characterize Ms. Lintz as an eccentric middle aged woman whose mansion in Brooklyn resembled the drawings of Charles Addams. They sat in her parlor sipping tea for a long time before John broached the subject of the gorilla. They were led to an area in the basement where they saw a man standing guard over a large wooden box that looked like an oversized coffin. The wood had been reinforced with steel, for very good reason. The box was held in place by sturdy wooden timbers on the top and both sides to prevent the gorilla from breaking free. When the door was opened they saw what was later billed as "The world's most terrifying living creature". The grossly disfigured face and hostile behavior meant that Buddy was no longer able to live outside a cage, among men. Both men knew they had to buy the creature and struck a deal to pay $10,000.00 for him. They later had him picked up at Ms. Lintz' home. Henry Ringling North made the suggestion to change his name, since his own nickname was "Buddy", to something more sensational. He came up with the name "Gargantua", adding the term gargantuan to the popular lexicon in the process. Read more about this exchange in the book "The Circus Kings" (out of print) by Henry Ringling North and Alden Hatch, Doubleday Press.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildy entertaining for animal lovers 24 Jan 2005
By Staci L. Wilson - Published on
Set in the 1920s, Buddy follows the true adventures of loopy lady Gertrude "Trudy" Lintz (Rene Russo) who likes to take her menagerie of animals to the movies (and you thought the crying baby two rows back was bad). After one such outing, she has occasion to adopt a sickly baby gorilla. She names him Buddy, and takes him home to her M.D. husband (Robbie Coltrane) to see if he can cure the petite primate. Buddy is never portrayed by a real gorilla; the infant version was animatronic and the adult gorilla was a human in gorilla suit. However, there are several other real animals in the movie including dogs, cats, horses, and chimpanzees. The chimps are seen riding a pony, pouring themselves a drink, shaking hands, and even using a key to unlock a door. Based upon the memoir by Gertrude Davis Lintz.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining family movie 26 Oct 1999
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We all really enjoyed this movie and ended up buying it ! It is about a socialite from the twenties charmingly portrayed by Rene Russo. She raises numerous animals on her LOng Island estate and tries to tame and raise a gorrilla named Buddy. Any child interested in animals will enjoy this film, as will adults. It is set in the twenties and beautifully done , innocent family fun ! What a refreshing change !
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Irresistible...... 26 Feb 2006
By S.M. - Published on
Buddy is such a cute movie. It is the telling of a true story in which Trudy Lintz, ( played by Rene Russo ) a true animal lover, "adopts" a baby male gorilla. Trudy already has a home filled with many animals including birds, dogs and chimps. Being rich, she was able to provide these animals with a very loving home and environment. The mischevious chimps Joe and Maggie are halarious in this movie as we see them do everything but talk! We see Buddy grow from a baby gorilla into a huge silverback. There are very funny scenes in this movie and a few that are sad like when we see Buddy wanting to be set free. We see Buddy escape and create much chaos. Eventually, Trudy realizes that Buddy would be much happier among other gorillas so she buys him his own "sanctuary" where he is set free among other gorillas. This is a movie for both grown ups and kids alike. It will keep you entertained from beginning to end!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGNIFICENT! 16 Mar 1999
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I LOVE this movie! I must have seen it 17 times so far. It's based on a true story of Gertrude Lintz, her animals, the gorilla she adopts, and their story. It's so touching. Rene Russo's performance is excellent. I found the animal actors adorable and hilarious. This is definetly a movie for the animal lover. Let Buddy touch your heart. Buy it and be happy.
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