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Greetings (1968)

An offbeat, episodic film about three friends, Paul, a shy love-seeker, Lloyd, a vibrant conspiracy nut, and Jon, an aspiring filmmaker and peeping tom. The film satirizes free-love, the ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Jonathan Warden ...
Paul Shaw
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Richard Hamilton ...
Pop Artist
Megan McCormick ...
Marina
Tina Hirsch ...
Tina (as Bettina Kugel)
Jack Cowley ...
Fashion Photographer
Jane Lee Salmons ...
Model
Ashley Oliver ...
Bronx Secretary
Melvin Morgulis ...
'Rat' Vendor
Cynthia Peltz ...
Divorcee
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Earl Roberts
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Linda (Shoplifter) (as Ruth Alda)
Ted Lescault ...
Bookstore Manager
Mona Feit ...
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An offbeat, episodic film about three friends, Paul, a shy love-seeker, Lloyd, a vibrant conspiracy nut, and Jon, an aspiring filmmaker and peeping tom. The film satirizes free-love, the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, and amateur filmmaking. Written by Philip Brubaker <phil@intrex.net>

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Don't Miss This Year's Miracle on 34th Street!

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28 January 1970 (Denmark)  »

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Ciao America  »

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$39,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Although this is actually Brian De Palma's second film, it was released before his first, The Wedding Party (1969). See more »

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Jon Rubin: You've heard of 'Pop Art' right? Well this is 'Peep Art'.
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References Elvira Madigan (1967) See more »

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Greetings!
Written by Eric Kaz
Performed by The Children of Paradise
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Uneven but fascinating 60s satire. Worth a look.
20 May 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Brian De Palma these days isn't generally associated with comedy, but this is from his counter culture period, when subversive put ons were his metier (see also 'get To Know Your Rabbit'). Three hipsters (Robert De Niro, cult figure Gerrit Graham and unknown Jonathan Warden, all good) try and dodge the draft, and romp through a near plotless series of odd scenes involving their private obsessions, mainly JFK's assassination and voyeurism. The mood is somewhere between Richard Lester and Jean Luc Godard. While it's great to see De Niro in an early comedic role, the stand out performance for me is by Graham, who shows the chops he would use in his subsequent long and varied career ('Demon Seed', 'Used Cars', Bud the Chud). The supporting cast also includes the hugely underrated Allen Garfield ('The Conversation', 'The Stunt Man') in a memorable sequence opposite De Niro.

'Greetings' is uneven, and dated in some ways, but has enough invention and genuine laughs to make it worth the rental. Now, if only I can find the sequel...


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