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The Great Buster

The Great Buster is a movie starring Peter Bogdanovich, Dick Cavett, and Frank Capra. Documentary on the life and works of comic genius Buster Keaton, directed by Peter Bogdanovich.

Other Titles
The Great Buster: A Celebration, Suuri Buster, El gran Buster, Buster Ha'Gadol, Niepowtarzalny Buster Keaton
Running Time
1 hours 42 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Biography, Documentary
Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich, James Curtis, Frank Capra, Dick Cavett
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Documentary on the life and works of comic genius Buster Keaton, directed by Peter Bogdanovich.

Comments about biography «The Great Buster» (25)

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Keith C.

I've been using this website for over 20 years. I saw this documentary a couple of years ago and was amazed. This is a MUST SEE documentary. A must watch! I am sure this is something that most everyone will want to watch. The story is amazing and should be seen by anyone who is in need of a change. It tells the tale of a wonderful man that gave his life for others and the kind of amazing things that have been made by his own son. I can only thank Bill Russell for his gift to society and for the inspiration he gave his son that we all will take for granted. I am so happy that this documentary is going to be available on DVD. It is very exciting to watch this documentary for the first time. The quality of the film is fantastic and it has great sound. It is a great family documentary to watch. A great story that everyone should watch!

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C.T. is a clear cut case of chemical abuse that's far more common than a 20 year old junkie trying to get off heroine. He was a true superhero with a loving family and loving friends. He was the "Nosferatu of the 60's". But sadly, his story is just a small part of a much larger problem. Chemicals are not responsible for his problems. Even if they were, they would not be the cause. Why did he take his own life? There are many ways to die. And to blame a chemical reaction for a case of mental illness is just silly. This movie will keep you wondering if the powers that be at the local "Center for Disease Control" in Atlanta, Georgia did a terrible job at identifying chemicals that may be responsible for people being insane. They are more than likely responsible for his problems. I hope C.T. is not only remembered as the "Nosferatu of the 60's" but a hero to everyone who is forced to take their medicine and live life to the fullest. This movie gives a clear and very relevant message to anyone who is sick of the government telling us to take our pills and smoke a lot of marijuana.

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Evelyn C.

If you want to know the truth about a world gone mad, this documentary is for you. You may think you know the people that lived in the past, but the truth is a lot more complicated. The film follows the story of a small town in Kentucky, where white settlers came to buy land in the middle of the 19th century. When they moved into the area, they were greeted by an angry Indian that kept a diary of their lives. The film goes into great detail about their lives, and the reasons for the Indians' hostility. I don't want to give too much away, but if you like history, this is the documentary to watch. I really recommend it.

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Wayne Perry

I did not know that this movie existed until I stumbled across it while flipping through a channel one day and saw that the trailer looked interesting and I saw an episode of the Boondock Saints. The Boondock Saints and my wife began watching the show and soon we became obsessed with the movie. In fact, we were thrilled to find out that we were getting a limited edition DVD with a special edition interview with the actors and the writer. It took a while for us to even decide to view the movie but it has certainly grown on us. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes a good dose of suspense and a good dose of humor. If you are a sports fan, you will enjoy it! My wife and I loved the end when the Boondock Saints finally got a hold of the treasure of the Baron's old 'museum.'

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Elizabeth Wagner

I remember in high school it was a real good movie but never got the chance to see it. Now I'm a Junior in college and I am still not sure if it was good or not. I'm not sure how I got to see it at all, though I'm sure it wasn't on my dorm's TV. I had some really good friends in my first college. One of them was really popular but kind of had his own problems. One day he said that he had to go to a party, and he knew he could just stop by on his way and see what he wanted. So he did, and I was there and he told me that it was really good and he liked it. He said he wanted to go on and on about it but he didn't want to tell me about it. I was shocked. So I finally decided to see it for myself. I'm not sure I was that shocked or anything, but it was good. I am not sure I could say it was a great movie. But it was something I would see again. I would definitely buy it on DVD and see it again. It was a good movie that had a real message about life. It was really good. It wasn't just a movie about one day in high school but it was about how life is. I would definitely recommend it.

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Christian Wheeler

This film, which tells the story of the origins of the atomic bomb, is almost too powerful to watch at one time. If you haven't seen it yet, it will really get under your skin. As soon as you can, go out and see it. You won't be disappointed.

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Heather W.

A true journey back in time, in a time long forgotten, but not forgotten, and yet a journey that brought me right back to the time when I was a teenager in the early eighties, and how happy I was to have seen the light, and it was my generation, for me it was my right, and that was enough, enough. This is one of the most powerful movies I've ever seen, the soundtrack is great, the subject is personal, yet it is also universal. The historical accuracy is impeccable. I would recommend this to anyone, and if you're the same age as me, and you're thinking about going back, and seeing it again, it is an eye-opener to you, and I promise you, it is worth it. (yours in silence, May 2010)

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Kimberly Lopez

In my opinion this is the best film ever made on the subject of doping and if not for this documentary the world would not know the extent of the problem. It's a must see documentary and everyone should see it. How do I know that? It's the truth.

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Kenneth K.

What a fascinating look at the life and times of the legendary Buster Keaton. This documentary tells the story of how he became a star, and how he became a legend. The film really keeps you interested in the story, as you are aware that Keaton did not have a very long career. He did not become a star until he was 43, and that was after he had already been a successful film star for some time. The film also explains why he is such a big star. He is one of the few actors who can use his physical appearance to sell his role, and the movie also shows how his appearance is also a part of his career. Keaton's charisma is certainly something to be admired. The film does a very good job of showing how much the director tried to capture the look of the actor, and also how much the actor tried to capture the look of the director. There are also many amusing anecdotes, and this really keeps you entertained. The film is definitely worth seeing.

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Carl D.

I had seen "Buster" a few years ago on a channel called "Channel 4" and decided to watch it again after seeing that the director and star of this wonderful film are making a documentary on the film. Having had such a great time watching this film, I decided to write a review on this film, and to tell the people who haven't seen this film yet, it is a must see! The acting in this film is great, especially from the lead actor, Sam Rockwell, and the young actors in the film, such as Jed Keenan who plays Sam's nephew, Joey, and Nathan Fielder. You see a lot of work that the cast has put in to making this film. Many people don't realize that this film is really a true story. Many of the cast members are not only friends of the director and the writer, but they are also friends of the producer, Robert (Mike McDermott). For example, the producer wrote this script and made it for Buster, and his only requirement was that he had to see it at a screening, and that Buster have an agent. The film was on, and there was no agent there, so Buster went in the screening, and was recognized and the producer called to say that Buster was to be part of the film. But that was not until months after the film was made, because he was still in school, and they had to wait until the contract was done. I hope that this documentary will help people to see the film and learn more about it. The most important thing in this documentary is that the people who have seen this film tell the people who haven't. Thank you for making this wonderful film, and thank you for bringing it to the public. The film is now out on DVD, and I have already seen it and I am in the process of buying it. You can learn a lot about this film by viewing it, and I highly recommend it. It is truly a great film, and anyone who loves movies will appreciate this film. You will be inspired by the story that you will learn about in this film.

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Janet P.

I'm always a big fan of Buster Keaton, he always fascinated me as an actor and comedian, so it was with great anticipation that I rented this documentary from the local library. It was more than I expected and it gave a very great insight into the life of this great comedian. It was so interesting to watch the face of a man that is almost unrecognizable, and not a character but a real person. The documentary covers a wide range of Buster's life from the early days of his show to the early days of his death. It also follows the various people that helped him through his entire career and the effect it had on his fans, and everyone around him. I hope that people who watch this documentary will take the time to watch it, because it is one of the most fascinating documentaries I have ever seen. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in Buster Keaton, his life or comedy.

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Rebecca McDonald

This is a fantastic film. This film reveals the whole true story of Harvey Pekar, the first published comic book artist who was arrested and convicted of corruption and obscenity by the Internal Revenue Service, then expelled from the country. Pekar left the country and fled to Canada where he remained on the run for years. Finally, in 1967, Pekar made his move back to the United States where he founded the comic book company known as BILLY COMIC and worked as a cartoonist for several years before returning to comics in 1974. BILLY COMIC has been acclaimed as one of the best comics of the 1970's and the award winning DVD has been applauded for its innovative and incredibly authentic restoration of the original negatives. But even more interesting is the film which serves as an academic study of the turbulent time when the comic book industry was all about 'freedom of speech', however, for Pekar it was more than just a matter of freedom of speech. The film tells the story of how Pekar helped American artists to defend their freedom of speech and to fight against the powers that were using their artists to make money. This story has been partially retold in an English-language version. An even more compelling part of the film is the documentary style which has been incorporated in which the story of Pekar's life is relayed in a chronological order. Most importantly, the filmmaker makes it clear that the FBI investigated and arrested Pekar for corruption but Pekar continued to work in comic books, becoming one of the most important comic book artists ever. Pekar's film is a must see for anyone interested in the history of the comic book industry. For those who are unaware of the comic book industry, I recommend watching this film. I highly recommend that people also see the excellent documentary film THE GREAT BULLETS (which is also part of the award winning DVD).

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Carl Aguilar

I was pleased with this documentary on the subject of the Great Buster. It really was an eye opener on the '75-'80s when "the quiet revolution" was at its peak. I am now writing this from a position of knowing the story behind the demise of the studio system, and a new era of movie making in Hollywood. I loved this movie for its balance of history and science fiction. It is both. The music is very good. The best part is the comments of those who lived through it. It is an eye opener. I was particularly interested in seeing the reactions of the people who helped create the classic movies of the era. The effects were great. I liked the technology, as well. The only thing that bothered me was the voice-over, which was a little irritating. But other than that, this was a great documentary.

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Stephen Carter

The great Buster is a documentary about Buster Keaton, a man who lived his entire life as a person with a disability. Buster lived a quiet life in a small town in Kansas. When the young people in the town grew up and began to ask questions about Buster, the townspeople, led by the pastor, decided to tell the world about Buster and his disability. The townspeople were trying to keep Buster from getting a normal life. So, they built a wall around him, a fence, a fence that they built around the whole town. The film is full of great information about Buster, his disability, his family, and his community. It also covers the tragedy that occurred when Buster died. I highly recommend that you see this documentary. It is a must see for anyone who has a disability or has a loved one who has a disability.

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Christine Dunn

If you have not seen this documentary, then I urge you to watch it. It is truly a work of art. It is a powerful portrayal of a truly dedicated man, but it also shows the lack of security and protection that people who have money and influence have for their families. It is a film that shows the kind of life that people lead when they have money and power. It is a must see for all people who wish to know more about the causes of the problem that we face. This is a story that should be told by every American and not just the ones that have money. I hope that you will also watch this documentary, as it is a great story of a true hero.

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Willie Harrison

I recently read a book by the great black historian W.E.B. Du Bois entitled "A Kind of Heaven". The title of the book is a quote from W.E.B. Du Bois which I learned about while reading the book. The book is about the life of W.E.B. Du Bois and his relationship with his brother, who was the youngest of the Du Bois family. It's about the Du Bois family and their struggles and the role that the slave trade played in their lives. I thought this movie was really well done. It's definitely a great documentary on the history of slavery and the role that the slave trade played in the lives of the Du Bois family. It's also interesting to see what happened to W.E.B. Du Bois and the other Du Bois family members after the family's house was destroyed by the slave trade. I really enjoyed watching this movie and it's definitely a great movie that you should see. The actors were all great in this movie. This is definitely one of my favorite documentaries that I have ever seen. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who loves movies or wants to learn more about the history of slavery.

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Kathleen B.

It's hard to believe that this movie was made in the 80s, but it was an interesting look at the production of "The Great Buster". Director Bruce Durning does a great job of getting the film on the right track, but in the end, it's really just a movie that's not really all that interesting. There are no real surprises in the story of this movie. The acting is actually pretty good, and the production design is great, but it's not anything you would expect from a movie about a single film. The film is not the greatest thing you'll ever see, but it's not that bad. If you're a fan of the 70s, or just a fan of the era, you'll probably like this movie.

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Pamela Smith

This documentary is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It covers all the important issues of the day, with some very important facts. It is a must see for all who are concerned about the future of the environment and the economy. I personally found it fascinating and informative. It covers the issues of global warming, the economy, and the environment. The film does not focus on one side of the issue, and focuses on all sides. It gives you a balanced view. It also gives you a view of the people involved in the environment and the economy. I found the film to be informative, and very interesting. The film is very well done. It is very well put together, and the production is very well done. The documentary is a must see. I highly recommend it.

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Diane Warren

I had heard a lot about this film, and it's a real shame that it didn't do much in the box office. But I must say that I really enjoyed it. I thought the film was beautifully shot, and the music was superb. I would have liked to have seen a little more background on the local people. I also would have liked to see more of the actual work of the community. But all in all, I thought it was a great film. It's a little slow in places, but it's well worth watching.

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Juan Hawkins

This documentary is really fascinating and it's worth seeing, but if you're expecting a documentary about the actual inventor of the modern bicycle, you will be disappointed. This film is about the "bike craze" of the late 1970s. It's about how the bicycle became popular and how the people who were fascinated with it felt about it. I think this documentary is a bit too biased towards bicycle enthusiasts, but it's still an interesting look at a very important moment in history. If you are a fan of the bicycle, you should definitely see this film. The filmmakers, who are cycling enthusiasts, made it clear that this was a documentary about a man's passion and not a documentary about his invention.

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Just watched this film in my History class on TV. It is quite informative about the history of Detroit. The stories told about the people that lived in Detroit were very interesting. A lot of details were not explained to me but it was very informative. I feel like it could have been a bit longer than it was but the film was really good. I will definitely go and watch it again when I get a chance. If you go into the film with some knowledge about Detroit you will enjoy it.

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Timothy Bates

What a marvelous, fascinating, and wonderful film, it captured a time in my life that I would never have known without it. This film shows how I felt and looked back then. The entire documentary was very emotionally moving. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has ever felt an emotional pull to one or more people in their life. This film will give you a lot to think about. For those of you who have never felt one of these emotions, I can't recommend this film enough. It was amazing.

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Joshua M.

One of the most overlooked, under-rated films of all time. This film is a must-see for anyone interested in cinema. The production values are second to none and the cinematography is absolutely beautiful. The film is not all high drama but it has its moments. The acting is great. I was very surprised to see such an unknown actress playing the lead role. It was also great to see a debut by Sam Waterston. I hope he does a lot more films in the future. The film has its ups and downs but I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good film.

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It is not often you find a documentary about a controversial figure and is less often that you find one that has him as the center of the film. That's what makes this one so unique and worth watching. The central theme is the attempt by the British government to destroy Hitler's career and reputation. It's a little hard to believe that the subject matter was actually a Nazi, but you have to admit, it worked. The documentary is short and sweet and it's all about the great man, who's life is dissected in a very straightforward manner. The interviews are all done in-depth, but at the same time, the film doesn't attempt to be anything more than a biography. The archival footage is presented in chronological order, with little in-depth interviews and little of the drama that is present in the interviews of other figures. That's a good thing. It's like having a museum exhibit that's a bit longer than you'd like, but that's what the doc does. It's all about the man, and not the man himself. It's like looking at a man's life through a microscope. This is a documentary that you'll want to see. It's a brilliant documentary that you'll want to see more than once.

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Kelly G.

What a tremendous piece of work. The documentary is a must see. It provides a great insight into the world of porn and shows that the porn industry is just as destructive to the human body as the cigarettes industry is to the lungs. The film is filled with so much of the most important facts that are not often told, but that need to be. Porn is, in my opinion, a lot more violent than it should be. There is no doubt about that. However, it is also incredibly addicting. It is a dangerous addiction. It takes a lot of courage to watch a porn movie. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for the actresses to be the ones making those movies. The women in the film are strong, intelligent, and tough. The fact that they make such movies is proof that women are capable of doing much more than what they are doing now. The girls have a lot of power. They are doing what they want, and making money. Porn is a dangerous addiction that needs to be controlled. I believe that it is a good thing that people are getting educated on the topic of porn. The truth about it needs to be told. Porn is a very dangerous addiction. However, it can also be a good thing if the addicted person learns something from the film. I recommend the film to everyone.