The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Brewster McCloud

Enter the Astrodome and get ready to fly with Brewster McCloud, a dark comedy and the next entry in our Robert Altman Month.

Harold and Maude’s Bud Cort stars as Brewster, a recluse taking residence in a fallout shelter beneath the Houston Astrodome. He aspires to build a pair of wings to allow himself to fly with the assistance of a beautiful stranger (Sally Kellerman), who may or may not be an angel. As Brewster persists in achieving this goal, he becomes an unexpected suspect in murder, thus beginning a madcap trial involving landlords, cruel authority figures, and bird droppings.

Featuring Altman regulars Michael Murphy and Shelley Duvall, Brewster McCloud is a film ripe with absurdism and unpredictability that remains one of Altman’s most unsung classics.


“We get the sense of a live intelligence, rushing things ahead on the screen, not worrying whether we’ll understand.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“There is a plot in BREWSTER McCLOUD, but it mainly showcases the surreal nature of Altman’s cinema. It’s a must see for lovers of weirdness, expression and redemptive grace.” – Patrick McDonald, WBGR-FM (93.7 FM – Monroe, WI)

“The film is so odd and freewheeling that it probably should have become a cult classic, if not for the fact that it has been so hard to find on video.” –  Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid