Putney Swope

Edition no. 228

Buy At: Amazon.co.uk
Directed by: Robert Downey Sr.
Featuring: Arnold Johnson

Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson, Shaft) is the only Black executive at a stuffy Madison Avenue advertising agency. When the chairman dies unexpectedly, Putney is unexpectedly elected the new boss – because those voting never thought anyone else would to do the same. Putney proceeds to kick out the white majority, replacing them with young, revolutionary types, and renames the agency Truth and Soul.
A bracing satire, taking well-aimed pot-shots at capitalism, power and racism in America, Robert Downey’s Putney Swope is a key entry in counterculture cinema, and a landmark of independent filmmaking, and – after more than a half a century – is still very, very funny.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Audio: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA Mono
Subtitles: English
Region: A/B/C
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50


  • Audio commentary with writer-director Robert Downey Sr. (2001)
  • Audio commentary with film critic and historian Sergio Mims (2019)
  • Interview with Robert Downey Sr. (2001)
  • Audio interview with cinematographer Gerald Cotts (2019)
  • Film Forum Q&A with Robert Downey Sr. (2016): the writer and director in conversation with Bruce Goldstein at the Film Forum, New York
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Dan Ireland trailer commentary (2014): short critical appreciation
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet featuring a new essay by Christina Newland, an archival article on the film, archival comments from Robert Downey Sr., an overview of contemporary critical responses, and full film credits

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