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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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Joe Banner
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Jimmy Mitchell
Ricky Parker ...
Ricky Mitchell
Andy Parker ...
Andy Mitchell
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Judy Bishop
Robbie Heywood ...
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Leslie Bornstein ...
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Uncle Tom Wood
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Gerrit Wood
Nelson Peltz ...
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Delia Abrams ...
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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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The opening scene, in which Jon Rubin (Robert De Niro) is shown around his crummy new apartment by the landlord (Charles Durning), is a parody of a then-contemporary television 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, titled "Give A Damn", was also responsible for the same-named 1969 hit single by the pop group Spanky & Our Gang.) See more »

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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 »

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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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References Peyton Place (1964) See more »

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I'm Looking at You
Music by Eric Kaz
Lyrics by John Andreolli
Sung by Boney Srabian
Recorded at A&R Studios under the supervision of Eric Kaz
Engineer: Dave Sanders
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Extremely funny
3 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

I don't remember ever laughing as hard as I did during the first scene where the landlord is showing De Niro the apartment. Convincing him he was getting a furnished apartment with a great view (because he's in the highest level and thus the closest to the open sky). I was sceptical about this movie but it turned to be one of the funniest comedies of the 70's. De Niro is fabulous and I can't imagine why he didn't do more comedy because he's hilarious. Some of the best scenes are when he's improvising his cop role or the one where he gives himself 25 and 1/2 minutes to seduce the girl but instead she messes his plan because she wants to have sex immediately. So he makes up a story and goes out to buy condoms.

A very funny movie with cool music, great acting, great sketches and jokes, oh, and Jennifer Salt, one of the sexiest girls I've ever seen on the big screen. A movie that doesn't really have a point but is extremely enjoyable and entertaining. 8/10


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