Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.

Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.

11 Episodes

Emerging from the freakiest fringes of the 1960s counterculture, Robert Downey Sr. took the American underground cinema by storm with his wild, weird, and way-out-there send-ups of everything from sex to race relations to religion. In this tribute to one of his filmmaking heroes, acclaimed cinematographer Sean Price Williams (GOOD TIME, FROWNLAND) adopts a style that’s just as out there as his subject, mixing new material shot with Downey, never-before-seen archival footage, and clips from Downey’s boundary-pushing films, a selection of which—including the gonzo corporate satire PUTNEY SWOPE and surrealist acid western GREASER’S PALACE—are presented here.

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Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.
  • Babo 73

    Episode 1

    Directed by Robert Downey Sr. • 1964 • United States

    Taylor Mead plays the president of the United Status, who, when he isn't at the White House, a dilapidated Victorian, conducts his top-secret affairs on a deserted beach. Robert Downey Sr.’s first feature is a rollicking, slapstick, ultra-lo...

  • Chafed Elbows

    Episode 2

    Directed by Robert Downey Sr. • 1966 • United States

    This riot of bad taste was a breakthrough for Robert Downey Sr., thanks to rave notices. Visualized largely in still 35 mm photographs, it follows a shiftless downtown Manhattanite having his “annual November breakdown” as he wanders from on...

  • No More Excuses

    Episode 3

    Directed by Robert Downey Sr. and Robert Soukis • 1968 • United States

    Downey takes his camera and microphone onto the streets (and into some bedrooms) for a look at Manhattan’s singles scene of the late sixties. Of course, that’s not all: NO MORE EXCUSES cuts between this footage and the frag...

  • Putney Swope

    Episode 4

    Directed by Robert Downey Sr. • 1969 • United States
    Starring Arnold Johnson, Laura Greene, Buddy Butler

    The most popular film by Robert Downey Sr. is this offbeat classic about the antics that ensue after Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson, his voice dubbed by a gravelly Downey), the token black man ...

  • Greaser’s Palace

    Episode 5

    Directed by Robert Downey Sr. • 1972 • United States
    Starring Allan Arbus, Albert Henderson, Luana Anders

    Underground renegade Robert Downey Sr. heads west for this wildly satirical religious parable. Jesse (Allan Arbus) is a Christlike amnesiac who parachutes into a frontier town run by the cru...

  • Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight

    Episode 6

    Directed by Robert Downey Sr. • 1975 • United States

    "A film without a beginning or an end," in Downey's words, this Dadaist thingamajig, a never-before-seen, newly reedited version of the director's 1975 release Moment to Moment (also known as Jive), is a rush of curious sketches, scenes, and...

  • Robert Downey: Moment to Moment

    Episode 7

    Directed by Sean Price Williams • 2021 • United States

    To pay tribute to one of his filmmaking heroes, Sean Price Willams adopts a style that’s just as out there as his subject, mixing new material and never-before-seen archival footage in this portrait of the underground film titan Robert Downe...

  • Robert Downey Sr. and Paul Thomas Anderson on BABO 73

    Episode 8

    This conversation between BABO 73 director Robert Downey Sr. and filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson was recorded in 2012.

  • Robert Downey Sr. and Paul Thomas Anderson on NO MORE EXCUSES

    Episode 9

    This conversation between NO MORE EXCUSES director Robert Downey Sr. and filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson was recorded in 2012.

  • Robert Downey Sr. and Paul Thomas Anderson on PUTNEY SWOPE

    Episode 10

    This conversation between PUTNEY SWOPE director Robert Downey Sr. and filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson was recorded in 2012.

  • Robert Downey Sr. and Paul Thomas Anderson on TWO TONS OF TURQUOISE

    Episode 11

    This conversation between TWO TONS OF TURQUOISE director Robert Downey Sr. and filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson was recorded in 2012.