Hi, Mom! (1970)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  1970 (UK)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Superintendent (as Charles Durnham)
Joe Banner
Abraham Goren ...
Jeannie Mitchell
Bruce Price ...
Jimmy Mitchell
Ricky Parker ...
Ricky Mitchell
Andy Parker ...
Andy Mitchell
Judy Bishop
Robbie Heywood ...
Leslie Bornstein ...
Uncle Tom Wood
Gerrit Wood
Nelson Peltz ...
Delia Abrams ...


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 »


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1970 (UK)  »

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Blue Manhattan  »

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The opening scene, in which John Rubin (Robert De Niro) is shown around his crummy new apartment by the landlord (Charles Durning), is a parody of a then-contemporary TV public service announcement for the New York Urban Coalition, in which a similarly slimy landlord shows off a dilapidated apartment to a black man. The movie scene follows the commercial rather closely, and both De Niro and the unnamed black renter accept the apartment with the same words: "I'll take it." The commercial, however, is in black and white. (The public service campaign, entitled "Give A Damn", was also responsible for the same-named 1969 hit single by the pop group Spanky & Our Gang.) See more »


When Jon Rubin is finally about to seduce Judy Bishop in her apartment, you can see a microphone 'peeping' into the room several times from behind the sofa where she is lying down. See more »


[first lines]
Jon Rubin: Uh, excuse me, sir? Sir? Sir - uh, are you the janitor of this building?
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References Room 43 (1958) See more »


Be Black Baby
Music by Eric Kaz
Lyrics by John Andreolli
Sung by Grady Tate
Recorded at A&R Studios under the supervision of Eric Kaz
Engineer: Dave Sanders
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I expect youre wondering why I'm wearing two watches
24 March 2003 | by (Landantown) – See all my reviews

This film was bought in a petrol station for 5 pounds on DVD. I expected little from it. It turned out to be one of the sharpest, funniest and deepest comedies I've ever seen.

De Niro is an idol of mine and he was fantastic as Jon, underplaying while displaying many layers to his comedy. My friend and I were giggling ourselves stupid at the opening scene where the superintendent keeps upping the price of the disgusting flat, with it's bath full of cat shite, and broken furniture. The montage of various bits of furniture breaking in the superintendent's hands is endlessly watchable, and one of the great comic moments in cinema as far as I'm concerned.

The satirical nature of Be Black, Baby was incredible. It is as poignant today as it was 30 years ago, and raised some interesting points.

All in all, I think the film was hysterically funny, De Niro looked and acted great, and I only wish that he'd do more comedy like this today, because even as a green up-and-comer he was more than capable. So why are we still watching painful moments like 'Rocky and Bullwinkle'?

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