Buddy – Filtered
Buddy is the true story of Gertrude “Trudy” Lintz (Rene Russo), an eccentric socialite in the 1920s, who is the most generous animal keeper since Noah. On her New York estate she, her physician husband Bill (Robbie Coltrane) and her loyal assistant Dick (Alan Cumming) care for a menagerie as extensive as a zoo’s: a kennel of championship Briard dogs, Rex rabbits, guinea pigs, schools of tropical fish, flocks of geese and rare pigeons, a stable of horses, two homed owls, three snakes and a kitten.
Adding to the fun are her four chimpanzees whom she treats as her children; their clothes are tailor-made at Bergdorf Goodman; she teaches them table manners, how to play croquet, mix martinis, do light housework and say their prayers. And they become the stars of Chicago’s 1933 World’s Fair. But her gorilla, Buddy, is her favorite child. When she first sees him, he is a sickly baby gorilla. But she opens her home and her heart to him, saves him from the jaws of death, and proceeds to raise him as if he were her own… and, for a time, he is. Still, Buddy inevitably grows up, and keeping him becomes increasingly dangerous for Trudy, not because he is vicious but because he can’t fit into the human world he lives in anymore, and yet can’t be his true self either.
Finally, Trudy has to make the decision all mothers face — she has to let go. No amount of nurture can suppress Buddy’s nature, and Trudy must choose what is best for him.
“Buddy” is based on the true story of Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Lintz who loves and raises a host of animals. Among her favorites are her four chimps and a gorilla named Buddy whom she rescued from death and raised from infancy. She dresses the apes in clothing and treats them all as her children. All goes fairly smoothly raising the apes until several years later when Trudy is asked to bring them to Chicago’s World’s Fair. One of the chimps manages to open Buddy’s cage and out he goes into the crowds, frantic people running everywhere. When Trudy finally gets him home, things begin to change. Buddy, who once listened and obeyed every command, now turns his back to Trudy and begins to withdraw. His temper begins to grow and when he attacks Trudy one day after she startles him, she realizes that the end of her tranquil haven with Buddy is coming to an end. The final straw is when he gets out of his cage again, destroys the house and then charges Trudy. She finally decides to bring him to a zoo where he can be true to his instincts and live as a gorilla should…with other gorillas.