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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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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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Comedy | Drama

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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 »

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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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Follows Greetings (1968) 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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Yo Mom! You Talkin' To Me?
5 June 2003 | by (Sâo Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Lurking beneath the humor of director Brian De Palma's irreverent breakthrough comedy is the politically charged suggestion that, in an already hyped-up environment, Vietnam vets may not be so easily re-assimilated to the home front. The main character of Rubin is something of a precursor to star Robert De Niro's ultra-violent, ultra-alienated Travis Bickle in Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver"(1976). Independently producted , and shot for very little money on location in the Village, the film has a loose narrative structure and apt dowtown details that give it a keen feel for the counterculture milieu on which it comments. More a cult favorite than a mainstream success, the film spotlights De Palma's visual smarts and interest in media voyeurism, and De Niro's off-Kilter Rubin, retrospectively making "Hi, Mom!" a clever forerunner of the subquent '70s work of both men.

The movie includes a soberb soundtrack focusing all socials problems and making fun of them.


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