Brewster McCloud: Your Chance To See 1970s Houston Through Robert Altman's Eyes

Roger Ebert is a happy man: "Altman's "Brewster McCloud" is *finally* on DVD!"

he's just tweeted


You should be happy, too, if you have any interest in seeing old Houston.

The 1970 film -- which, frankly, we haven't heard great things about -- was filmed in Houston. It's known for the semi-iconic scene (embedded above) where the title character flies around the Astrodome with some homemade wing-type contraption.

The opening scene, according to wiki, shows a downtown Houston where One Shell Plaza is still under construction, and a Texas Medical Center that's barely a blip compared to what's there now.

And the Dome, of course, is the old-fashioned, pre-renovation Dome, with the snorting-bull scoreboard. Long-gone landmarks like Colt Stadium and Astroworld also show up.

As for the plot, it sounds a mess, according to IMDB:

Brewster is an owlish, intellectual boy who lives in a fallout shelter of the Houston Astrodome. He has a dream: to take flight within the confines of the stadium. Brewster tells those he trusts of his dream, but displays a unique way of treating others who do not fit within his plans. When the fateful day arrives, and he enters the dome with his fanciful construction of bird wings, Brewster is surrounded by the police. Will he be caught before he attempts to fly?

They also offer this bit of trivia:

The movie premier took place inside the Astrodome. Harris County Judge Roy Hofheinz, who controlled the Dome at that time, promoted the movie by trying to sell tickets for cars to drive-in and watch the movie. Failing this, vip's watched the movie from folding chairs on the field.

And now it's all available on DVD. We hadn't been aware it wasn't, frankly. And there no doubt have been copies of some sort floating around.

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