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Hi, Mom! (1970)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 1970 (UK)
A Vietnam vet moves into an apartment and views in other people's windows across the street, meets one of the women, and discovers black theater.

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Brian De Palma (as Brian DePalma)

Writers:

Brian De Palma (screenplay) (as Brian DePalma), Charles Hirsch (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Durning ... Superintendent (as Charles Durnham)
Robert De Niro ... Jon Rubin (as Robert DeNiro) (as Robert De Niro)
Allen Garfield ... Joe Banner
Abraham Goren Abraham Goren ... Pervert
Lara Parker ... Jeannie Mitchell
Bruce Price Bruce Price ... Jimmy Mitchell
Ricky Parker Ricky Parker ... Ricky Mitchell
Andy Parker Andy Parker ... Andy Mitchell
Jennifer Salt ... Judy Bishop
Robbie Heywood Robbie Heywood ... Roommate
Leslie Bornstein Leslie Bornstein ... Roommate
Paul Bartel ... Uncle Tom Wood
Gerrit Graham ... Gerrit Wood
Nelson Peltz Nelson Peltz ... Playboy
Delia Abrams Delia Abrams ... Date
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Storyline

Vietnam vet John Rubin returns to New York and rents a rundown flat in Greenwhich Village. It is in this flat that he begins to film, 'Peeping Tom' style, the people in the apartment across the street. His obsession with making films leads him to fall in with a radical 'Black Power' group, which in turn leads him to carry out a bizarre act of urban terrorism! Written by Grant Hamilton <n9431210@scholar.nepean.uws.edu.au>

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God bless our humble upper-middle-class high-rise co-op and keep it free from smut peddlers, militants, urban guerrillas and Greenwich Village liberals. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Manhattan See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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West End Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Writer and Director Brian De Palma and Robert De Niro worked together on Greetings (1968), this movie, and The Untouchables (1987). See more »

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Microphone is visible at the lower portion of the screen when John Rubin is pretending to be on the phone with ABC computer dating for the first time. See more »

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[first lines]
Jon Rubin: Uh, excuse me, sir? Sir? Sir - uh, are you the janitor of this building?
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Be Black Baby
Music by Eric Kaz
Lyrics by John Andreolli
Sung by Grady Tate
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Ever wondered what Brian De Palma and Robert De Niro used to do before they got famous?
3 February 2010 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

They made some weird stuff together. Brian De Palma always has been a director with an unique and unusual style, that always had been quite experimental and I love him for that but that doesn't mean that I think that all of his movies are very good.

"Hi, Mom!" is far from a great movie because it feels like such a big mess. The story is being all over the place and it makes lots of sudden jumps and which the story just completely takes another turn and becomes one about something totally different. Like basically all of De Palma's earliest movies, this one feels more like an art-house one.

The movie got shot as if they improvised a lot of stuff just on the spot. Also the actors seemed to have improvised quite a lot while playing, which is something that I do like about this movie. The movie does not feels stylized or planned out but more feels rebellious and simplistic, which adds to the whole satire element of the movie.

As a satire this movie does has some messages in it and it also at times does this in a good way. The movie does really become an effective one in certain parts but this doesn't of course prevent the movie from being a very disjointed one.

Not an horrible movie but still far too messy and odd for me to really like it or consider this a watchable one for just everyone.

6/10

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