Putney Swope
Putney Swope (1969)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: July 10, 1969
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

The situations include political caricature, but disappointedly nothing much beyond marginal interest occurs. The comedy is only intermittently funny and the satire is mostly shallow and obvious.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

The commercials... are absolutely brilliant, and the sheer gonzo tenacity of the whole enterprise makes it all work, even the stuff that doesn't work.

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Cole Smithey

Great drug-fuelled and flawed social commentary.

Derek Adams
Time Out

A satire on American ways of life, written and directed by Downey and misfiring on most cylinders.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A way of giving the middle finger to Madison Avenue.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

If you're in a silly enough mood, you might have a good time.

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TV Guide

The humor is occasionally forced, with some cliched comedic devices serving as satire. The commercial parodies, however, are devastatingly funny and right on the money.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
When the chairman of an ad agency dies, the board all secretly vote Putney Swope, the token black executive, as the company's new leader, assuming that no… More
Cassandra Maples
The movie starts with a board meeting at a major advertising agency. Putney Swope is on the board for no other reason than the fact that he is black, and the… More
Aj V
This movie is cool, it made its audience think about the racism in the media at the time and showed in a radically comedic way how things could change. I think… More
Walter M.
With the death of a CEO of an advertising firm, the board members now vote for his successor. Holding up matters temporarily is the fact that they are not… More
Stella Dallas
robert downey's dad produced this withering satire in 1969 giving madison avenue and 60's race relations a thorough skewering. it's a bit… More
K Nife Churchkey
Pretty damn good satire, if I do say so myself. I didn't live anywhere near the 60's, but I can safely say that Iron Man's dad pushed quite a few… More