History Film / PutneySwope

9th Mar '17 3:07:17 PM intersection786
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* TokenWhiteGuy: Listed in the credits as "Mr. Token."

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* TokenWhiteGuy: Listed in the credits as TokenWhite: The character's name is "Mr. Token."
9th Mar '17 3:03:55 PM intersection786
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* AsideGlance: A couple of times when Bissinger is announcing the ballot results.



* DarkestAfrica: To support their brothers and sisters in Africa, Putney wants to dispense with telecommunications and send office correspondence entirely by drum. Even his associates think this would be insane. Until...

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* DarkestAfrica: To support their brothers and sisters in Africa, Putney wants to dispense with telecommunications and send office correspondence entirely by drum. "the drum." Even his associates think this would be insane. Until...



* GrayAndGreyMorality: The closest thing to a good character in the entire film is the guy whose father dies. Even then, its hinted at that he's an incompetent mooch. The new black administration is just as corrupt as the old one, just corrupt in different ways.

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* GrayAndGreyMorality: The closest thing to a good character in the entire film is Elias, the guy whose father dies. Even then, its hinted at that he's an incompetent mooch. The new black administration is just as corrupt as the old one, just corrupt in different ways.



* TheHero: Averted/Played With. Putney is thrust into a position where he needs to be the archetypal hero in order to make the world right. Unfortunately, he's just some guy who was in the right place at the right time. Everyone seems to acknowledge that if African-Americans had been given the chance to choose their own leader, it wouldn't have been Putney.
* TheLancer: Almost a deconstruction. There's a character who, all throughout the movie, complains about how Putney does things and how he can do it better. As Putney becomes more corrupt, the Lancer's complaints go from petty arguments to legitimate criticisms, [[CassandraTruth not that anybody listens to him]].

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* TheHero: Averted/Played With. Putney is thrust into a position where he needs to be the archetypal hero in order to make the world right. Unfortunately, he's just some guy who was in the right place at the right time. Everyone seems to acknowledge that if African-Americans had been given the chance to choose their own leader, it wouldn't have been Putney.
Swope.
* TheLancer: Almost a deconstruction. There's a character identified only as "The Arab" who, all throughout the movie, complains about how Putney does things and how he can do it better. As Putney becomes more corrupt, the Lancer's Arab's complaints go from petty arguments to legitimate criticisms, [[CassandraTruth not that anybody listens to him]].


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* TokenWhiteGuy: Listed in the credits as "Mr. Token."
3rd Feb '17 12:46:42 PM kyeo
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* PrecisionFStrike: One of the commercials the agency produces features an offstage announcer telling a man all the nutritious things about the cereal he's eating. When he finishes, the man smiles and says, "No shit!"
11th Dec '16 6:37:23 PM Mdumas43073
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-->-- '''Putney Swope.'''

'''''Putney Swope''''' is a 1969 film satirizing the advertising industry (one of the earliest) directed by Robert Downey Sr.

When the CEO of an advertising company dies during a meeting, the board of directors are forced to hold an election for the new chairmen. Since they can't vote for themselves, and are unwilling to vote for each other, all of them vote for the least likely member: Music Producer and [[TokenMinority Token Black Man]] Putney Swope. Swope fires almost everyone, renames the company "Truth and Soul, Inc." and brings on a crew of stereotypical Black Muslims to run the business. HilarityEnsues.

The movie is notable for its cast, which is almost entirely black and well developed, its hilarious lampshading of real-life advertising practices and psychedelic, but only slightly over the top, fake commercials.

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-->-- '''Putney Swope.'''

'''''Putney Swope'''''
Swope'''

''Putney Swope''
is a 1969 film satirizing the advertising industry (one of the earliest) earliest), directed by Robert Downey Sr.

When the CEO of an advertising company dies during a meeting, the board of directors are forced to hold an election for the new chairmen. Since they can't vote for themselves, and are unwilling to vote for each other, all of them vote for the least likely member: Music Producer music producer and [[TokenMinority Token Black Man]] Putney Swope.Swope (Arnold Johnson). Swope fires almost everyone, renames the company "Truth and Soul, Inc." and brings on a crew of stereotypical Black Muslims to run the business. HilarityEnsues.

The movie is notable for its cast, which cast (which is almost entirely black and well developed, developed), its hilarious lampshading of real-life advertising practices practices, and psychedelic, but its psychedelic (but only slightly over the top, top) fake commercials.commercials.
12th Apr '16 7:15:28 AM Nohbody
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!!''Putney Swope'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}} for:
* [[invoked]] PutneySwopePanic

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!!''Putney Swope'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}} for:
* [[invoked]] PutneySwopePanic
6th Oct '15 4:52:15 PM Zeke
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* TheLancer: Almost a deconstruction. There's a character whom, all throughout the movie, complains about how Putney does things and how he can do it better. As Putney becomes more corrupt, the Lancer's complaints go from petty arguments to legitimate criticisms, [[CassandraTruth not that anybody listens to him]].

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* TheLancer: Almost a deconstruction. There's a character whom, who, all throughout the movie, complains about how Putney does things and how he can do it better. As Putney becomes more corrupt, the Lancer's complaints go from petty arguments to legitimate criticisms, [[CassandraTruth not that anybody listens to him]].
23rd Aug '15 9:23:33 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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When the CEO of an advertising company dies during a meeting, the board of directors are forced to hold an election for the new chairmen. Since they can't vote for themselves, and are unwilling to vote for each other, all of them vote for the least likely member: Music Producer and TokenBlack Man Putney Swope. Swope fires almost everyone, renames the company "Truth and Soul, Inc." and brings on a crew of stereotypical Black Muslims to run the business. HilarityEnsues.

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When the CEO of an advertising company dies during a meeting, the board of directors are forced to hold an election for the new chairmen. Since they can't vote for themselves, and are unwilling to vote for each other, all of them vote for the least likely member: Music Producer and TokenBlack Man [[TokenMinority Token Black Man]] Putney Swope. Swope fires almost everyone, renames the company "Truth and Soul, Inc." and brings on a crew of stereotypical Black Muslims to run the business. HilarityEnsues.



* PutneySwopePanic

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* [[invoked]] PutneySwopePanic



* ShoutOut: "Shadrach" from The Music/BeastieBoys album ''Music/PaulsBoutique'' provides a shout-out to this film:
--> ''(...) And now we're gonna bust with the Putney Swope sequel''
30th Jan '15 8:55:21 AM Patachou
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* ShoutOut: "Shadrach" from The Music/BeastieBoys album ''Music/PaulsBoutique'' provides a shout-out to this film:
--> ''(...) And now we're gonna bust with the Putney Swope sequel''
2nd Sep '14 3:39:19 AM Mdumas43073
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* MalcolmXerox
2nd Sep '14 3:35:57 AM Mdumas43073
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* FlippingTheBird: The film's poster (seen above) features this, with a model representing the "finger".
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