Brewster McCloud (1970)

35mm film, 70mm film, “Filmed in Panavision”, “in Metrocolor”, 2.35:1, 2.20:1 [70mm prints]
mono, English

An American fantasy film directed by Robert Altman.

Plot Summary

Shy loner Brewster McCloud lives in a fallout shelter beneath the Houston Astrodome and dreams of flying under his own power. He builds himself a pair of wings in the hope of realising those dreams.


Directed by: Robert Altman
© MCMLXX [1970] Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents an Adler-Phillips-Lion's Gate Films production
Produced by: Lou Adler
Associate Producers: Robert Eggenweiler, James Margellos
Written by: Doran William Cannon
Directors of Photography: Lamar Boren, Jordan Cronenweth
Film Editor: Louis Lombardo
Music Scored and Conducted by: Gene Page
Sound: Harry W. Tetrick, William McCaughey
Make-up: Edwin Butterworth
Hairdresser: Dorothy White
Art Directors: George W. Davis and Preston Ames
Casting: Gary Chason

Bud Cort (Brewster [McCloud])
Sally Kellerman (Louise)
Michael Murphy ([Frank] Shaft)
William Windom ([Sheriff Haskel] Weeks)
John Schuck ([Police Lieutenant Alvin] Johnson)
Margaret Hamilton (Daphne Heap)
Jennifer Salt (Hope)
Corey Fischer ([Police Lieutenant] Hines)
Bert Remsen ([Policeman] Douglas Breen)
G. Wood ([Police Captain] Crandall)
Shelley Duvall (Suzanne [Davis])
René Auberjonois (the lecturer)
Stacy Keach (Abraham Wright)
Angelin Johnson (Mrs Breen)
Dean Goss (Officer [Eugene] Ledbetter)
William Baldwin (Bernard)
William Henry Bennet (band conductor)
Gary Wayne Chason (camera store clerk)
Ellis Gilbert (butler)
Verdie Henshaw (Feathered Nest Sanatorium manager)

Alternative Titles

Anche gli uccelli uccidono – Italian title
Auch Vögel können töten – West German title
Brewster McCloud's Flying Machine – working title
Brewster McCloud's (Sexy) Flying Machine – early title
Fågel, mördare eller mittemellan – Swedish title
Fuglemanden – Danish title
Nur Fliegen ist schöner – West German title
Poika joka halusi siivet – Finnish title
Sirkte Cinayet – Turkish title
Voar é com os Pássaros – Brazilian title
Volar es para los pájaros – Argentine video, Spanish, Uruguayan title

Extracts included in
Altman (2014)
Indie Sex: Censored (2007)

See also
The Sky-Bike (1967)



  • Empire no.126 (December 1999) p.156 – illustrated article (Five great loopy logos)
  • Empire no.231 (September 2008) pp.113-123 – illustrated article (10 years of DVD by Simon Crook)
  • Films and Filming vol.17 no.11 (August 1971) p.60 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.212 no.4 (17 July 1970) p.18 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.213 no.50 (3 December 1970) p.3 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.3321 (5 June 1971) p.8 – credits, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.38 no.450 (July 1971) p.137 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.241 no.1 (6 January 1971) p.542 – review
  • Music from the Movies no.29 (October 2000) p.62 – soundtrack review (Film music review: archival by AK)
  • Show vol.2 no.1 (March 1971) pp.53-54 – review
  • Today's Cinema no.9911 (4 June 1971) p.32 – review
  • Variety 9 December 1970 p.14 – credits, review


  • Film Review 1972-73 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.215
  • Heroes, Monsters and Values: Science Fiction Films of the 1970s
  • by Walt Lee p.47 – credits
  • Robert Altman, American Innovator by Judith M. Kass pp.95-110 – illustrated chapter
  • Rock on Film by David Ehrenstein and Bill Reed p.124
  • The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy by David Pringle (general ed.) p.67 – credits, review
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.46