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Putney Swope

Format: DVD     Release Date: 05/22/2001
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After several years working along the margins of the underground film scene in New York, director Robert Downey broke through to wider recognition with the arthouse hit Putney Swope, a wildly irreverent satire of race and advertising in America. Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson) is the token African-American executive at an otherwise all-white advertising agency when the chairman of the board unexpectedly drops dead. Through a fluke in the chain of command, Swope becomes the new head of the firm, and decides its time to do things his way. He fires nearly all the staff (except for his one token white employee), renames the agency Truth and Soul, Inc., and announces they'll no longer accept accounts advertising tobacco, alcohol, or war toys. The ads they do produce -- for acne remedies and breakfast cereal, among other things -- are wildly successful, and the iconoclastic ad agency (which only accepts payment in cash) is targeted by government operatives as a threat to the national security. Antonio Fargas and Allen Garfield lead the supporting cast; Mel Brooks makes a cameo appearance. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Side #1 --

0. Scene Selections
1. Harvey's Beer [6:11]
2. "How Many Syllables, Mario?" [8:16]
3. Super Lip [7:42]
4. Ethereal Cereal [8:51]
5. Brothers In The Black Room [8:44]
6. No More Telephones [5:01]
7. Face Off [5:06]
8. "She's Gotta Have Soul" [6:20]
9. Fan-A-Way [9:11]
10. Maid Trouble [4:32]
11. Where's the Revolution? [3:56]
12. Fighting The Demonstrators [9:11]
13. End Credits [1:43]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: May 22, 2001
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: Rhino Home Video
  • Length: 85 minutes
  • Format: Black & White
  • Discs: 1
  • Language: English
  • UPC: 603497602926
  • Product ID: 2048505
  • Genre: Comedy

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