Robert Downey Sr.

Putney Swope

Putney Swope

The most popular film by Robert Downey Sr. is this offbeat classic about the antics that ensue after Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson, his voice dubbed by a gravelly Downey), the token black man on the board of a Madison Avenue advertising agency, is inadvertently elected chairman. Putney summarily fires the whiteys, replaces them with Black Power apostles, renames the company Truth and Soul, Inc., and proceeds to wreak politically incorrect havoc.

Film Info

Available In

Collector's Set

Eclipse Series 33: Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.

Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.

DVD Box Set

2 Discs

$31.96

Putney Swope
Cast
Arnold Johnson
Putney Swope
Laura Greene
Mrs. Swope
Buddy Butler
Putney’s bodyguard
Antonio Fargas
The Arab
Vincent Hamill
Man in white suit
Larry Wolfe
Mr. Borman Six
Pepi Hermine
President of the United States
Ruth Hermine
First Lady
Credits
Director
Robert Downey Sr.
Produced by
Robert Downey Sr.
Produced by
Henri Pachard
Cinematography
Gerald Cotts
Assistant camera
Norris Eisenbrey
Art director
Gary Weist
Editor
Bud S. Smith
Special effects
Bill Daley
Special effects
Tom Daniel
Special effects
Dan List
Special effects
Josh Zander
Costume design
New Breed Inc.
Music
Charley Cuva

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