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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 <>

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A darkly twisted voyeuristic comedy See more »


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1970 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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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Referenced in Body Double (1984) 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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2 January 2002 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

A wild, brutal, but, above all, surrealistic depiction of urban life in the USA during the late 60s is only partially what this film is about. Topics like racism, manipulation of the masses through television, attempts for creating 'modern' forms of art are approached with satire in "Hi mom" and this very satire seems to be the DePalma's aim here. The result is rather difficult to comprehend in its whole - especially if you are not a US resident and don't live in 1970 :o) - but is also fascinating to watch, almost breathtaking at times. The parallel use of coloured and black & white frames works effectively and the naturalism in some scenes is remarkable. DeNiro, of course, is excellent, and so is the rest of the cast.


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