Buddy


1h 24m 1997

Brief Synopsis

The true story of Gertrude "Trudy" Lintz, an eccentric socialite in the 1920s likened to a modern-day Noah. On her New York estate, she, her physician husband Bill and her assistant Dick care for a menagerie as extensive as a zoo's. Adding to the fun are her four chimpanzees whom she treats as her children; their clothes are tailor-made at Bergdorf Goodman; she teaches them table manners, how to mix martinis, do light housework and say their prayers. And they become the stars of Chicago's 1933 World's Fair. But her gorilla, Buddy is her favorite child. When she first sees him, he is a sickly baby gorilla. But she opens her home and her heart to him, and proceeds to raise him as if he were her own... and, for a time, he is. Still, Buddy inevitably grows up, and keeping him becomes increasingly dangerous for Trudy because he can't fit into the human world he lives in, anymore, and yet can't be his true self either. Finally, Trudy has to make the decision all mothers face--she has to let him go.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Adaptation
Adventure
Biography
Comedy
Drama
Family
Release Date
1997
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Pasadena, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 24m

Synopsis

The true story of Gertrude "Trudy" Lintz, an eccentric socialite in the 1920s likened to a modern-day Noah. On her New York estate, she, her physician husband Bill and her assistant Dick care for a menagerie as extensive as a zoo's. Adding to the fun are her four chimpanzees whom she treats as her children; their clothes are tailor-made at Bergdorf Goodman; she teaches them table manners, how to mix martinis, do light housework and say their prayers. And they become the stars of Chicago's 1933 World's Fair. But her gorilla, Buddy is her favorite child. When she first sees him, he is a sickly baby gorilla. But she opens her home and her heart to him, and proceeds to raise him as if he were her own... and, for a time, he is. Still, Buddy inevitably grows up, and keeping him becomes increasingly dangerous for Trudy because he can't fit into the human world he lives in, anymore, and yet can't be his true self either. Finally, Trudy has to make the decision all mothers face--she has to let him go.

Crew

Michael Alexander

Animal Trainer

Stacy Alexander

Casting Associate

Stephanie Allain

Executive Producer

Doug Allen

Other

Willy Allen

Dialogue Editor

David Bruce Allsberry

Animal Trainer

Christine Altomari

Production Coordinator

Marion Appleton

Animatronics

J H Arrufat

Dialogue Editor

Astrig Askeralian

Hair

Colleen Atwood

Costume Designer

Rick Avery

Stunt Man

Philip Babbage

Other

Wenden K Baldwin

Main Title Design

Peter Bankins

Props

Denise Baseley

Wardrobe

Elmer Bernstein

Music

Emilie A Bernstein

Music Arranger

David Betancourt

Foley Mixer

Chris Blackwood

Stunts

Deborah 'cha' Blevins

Costume Supervisor

Nigel Booth

Art Department

Destiny Borden

Assistant Sound Editor

Kareen Boursier

Hair Stylist

Steve Bowerman

Boom Operator

Jesse Don Brackenbury

Stunts

Diana Bradshaw

Hair

Ursula Brauner

Animal Trainer

Sam Broadbent

Wardrobe

Otie Brown

Assistant Director

Dan Burnett

Animatronics

Thom Calderon

Assistant Editor

Patricia Carlin

Music

Michael Chavez

Camera Operator

Lisa Citron

Assistant Editor

Simon Clutterbuck

Other

Mel Coleman

Other

Pete Coogan

Production Supervisor

Francis Ford Coppola

Executive Producer

Rosario Coppola

Hair

Christy Cotton

Stunt Man

Monty Cox

Stunts

Richard Darwin

Animatronics

Laura Dash

Stunts

Carole Dejong

Art Department

Nancy Deren

Set Designer

Walter Donaldson

Song

Richard Duran

Stunts

Kathy Durning

Music Editor

Lynne Eagan

Makeup Artist

Robert Eber

Sound Mixer

Peter Elliott

Other

Robin Ellis

Animatronics

Ronald Eng

Dialogue Editor

Cindy Evans

Costumes

Marta Evry

Assistant Editor

Ed Fassl

Sound Effects Editor

Thomas Fichter

Art Director

Dawn Fintor

Foley Artist

Chris Fitzgerald

Art Department

Barry Fowler

Other

Rick Franklin

Sound Editor

Carrie Frazier

Casting

Fred Fuchs

Producer

Debbie George

Dresser

Cara Giallanza

Assistant Director

Daria Gibson

Other

Hector Gika

Other

Dan Gilroy

Special Thanks To

Jeremy Gordon

Adr Editor

Giselle Grant

Wardrobe

Keith Grant

Music

Jane E. Graves

Assistant Location Manager

Jeffrey Greeley

Camera Assistant

Karen Griffiths

Hair

Virginia G Hadfield

Hair Stylist

Shawna Hamann

Animal Trainer

Tarnzine Hanks

Animatronics

Mark Harden

Animal Trainer

Paul Harrison

Assistant Location Manager

Alix Harwood

Other

Craig Hayes

Assistant Editor

Brian Henson

Executive Producer

Robert Herron

Stunts

Graham High

Art Department

Andrea Hochgatterer-rowland

Hair

Dave Housman

Other

Chris Howes

Animatronics

Jeremy Hunt

Art Department

Robert Hunter

Transportation Captain

Barry Idoine

Camera Assistant

Mauriece Jacks Jr.

Video Assist/Playback

Jamie Jackson-moore

Animatronics

Chris Jenkins

Rerecording

Derek Johansen

Assistant Director

Todd A Johnson

Craft Service

Thomas R Johnston

Script Supervisor

Roxanne Jones Mccarthy

Foley

Louisa Jordan

Wardrobe

Tim Jordan

Animatronics

William Joyce

Coproducer

William Joyce

From Story

Gus Kahn

Song

Dave Kelly

Other

Christiane-carolin Koch

Art Department

Erwin H Kupitz

Hair

Leon Laderach

Animal Services

Shannon Lail

Assistant

Mark H. Lee

Foreman

Cynthia Lejeune

Assistant Production Accountant

John Lenkin

Production Assistant

Deidre Leonard

Apprentice

Steven David Levine

Location Manager

Gertrude Davies Lintz

Book As Source Material

Alberto Lombardo

Assistant Property Master

Daniel Lomino

Production Designer

Jim Machin

Animatronics

Julian Manning

Other

Ivan Manzella

Art Department

Steve Mason

Director Of Photography

Chris Moseley

Camera Operator

Dan Muscarella

Color Timer

Boone Narr

Animal Trainer

Robin L Neal

Makeup Artist

Larry Nicholas

Stunts

David Nichols

Production Designer

Aaron Nicolaides

Production Assistant

Steven Nicolaides

Unit Production Manager

Steven Nicolaides

Producer

Dayton Nietert

Lighting Technician

Jacki Noble

Hair

Dean O'brien

Unit Production Manager

Valerie O'brien

Costumes

Donna O'neal

Costumes

Nicola O'toole

Assistant

Brad Orrison

Stunts

Adrian Parish

Animatronics

Kevin Patterson

Other

Dale Allan Pelton

Set Designer

Scott A Perez

Stunts

Dennis K Petersen

Special Effects Coordinator

Rex Peterson

Stunts

Rex Peterson

Wrangler

Bre Pettis

Assistant

Jenny Phelps

Art Department

Katherine Philipp

Assistant

Ron Pipes

Animal Services

Dan Plum

Stunts

Bill Pollock

Best Boy Grip

Jim Pratt

Stunts

Liz Ragland

Assistant

Courtney Rains

Stunts

Brad Rea

Dolly Grip

Michael Reinhart

Construction Coordinator

Micky Ricci

Other

Royal Riedinger

Assistant

Kathleen Roll

Production Assistant

Thomas Rosales Jr.

Stunts

Roland Rosenkranz

Art Director

Zade Rosenthal

Photography

George Marshall Ruge

Stunts

William V Ryder

Set Designer

Lynn Salvatori

Stunt Man

Denise Sanders

Animal Trainer

Kent Victor Schuelke

Production Assistant

Myke Schwartz

Stunts

Dennis R. Scott

Stunt Coordinator

Raymond Scott

Art Department

Elisabeth Seldes

Coproducer

Hal Selig

Special Effects Foreman

Stewart Sewell

Art Department

Jonathan P Shaw

Editor

Terry Sibley

Other

Robin Sierra Jorden

Production Assistant

Clare Smith

Hair

Mark Smith

Rerecording

Linda Spheeris

Set Decorator

Christine Sterritt

Hair

Guy Stevens

Animatronics

Alicia M Stevenson

Foley Artist

Vicky Stockwell

Hair

Monty Stuart

Stunts

Patrick L. Sullivan

Transportation Co-Captain

Neil Summers

Stunts

Victor Svimonoff

Lighting

Nicola Tedman

Wardrobe

Vickie Thomas

Casting

Caroline Thompson

Screenplay

Caroline Thompson

From Story

Eric Thompson

Production Assistant

Steven Ticknor

Sound Effects Editor

Michael Vendrell

Stunts

Tony Villalobos

Assistant Camera Operator

Victoria M Vopni

Other

Maggie Vosper

Hair Assistant

Peter Wagner

Key Grip

Jeni Walker

Hair

Lesley Ann Ward

Wardrobe

Michael Ward

Hair Assistant

Carole A Wattles

Production Accountant

Film Details

MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Adaptation
Adventure
Biography
Comedy
Drama
Family
Release Date
1997
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Pasadena, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 24m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video January 13, 1998

Released in United States Summer June 6, 1997

Began shooting August 26, 1996.

Completed shooting November 11, 1996.

Released in United States on Video January 13, 1998

Released in United States Summer June 6, 1997