A hallmark of 1960s radicalism and one of the first major underground films, Robert Downey Sr.‘s seminal Putney Swope remains a classic of social satire. After the CEO croaks during a boardroom meeting at a Madison Avenue ad agency, members trying to sabotage each other’s chance of winning the top spot each vote for the token black guy, thereby electing Putney Swope. Swope swoops into action, firing them all and replacing them with armed radicals, soul brothers, and sexy red-hot mamas. Re-naming the agency “Truth and Soul,” Putney sets about revolutionizing the corporate world of advertising, banning the marketing of products such as cigarettes, alcohol and violent toys. The agency produces raucous, kooky TV spots – offensive, humorous, and, at first, wildly successful. But can “Truth and Soul” last, not only in advertising but within Putney himself?
- NTSC Region 1
- Anamorphic Widescreen
- Interview and Commentary by Robert Downey