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Hi, Mom! (1970)

 -  Comedy  -  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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Superintendent (as Charles Durnham)
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Joe Banner
Abraham Goren ...
Pervert
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Jeannie Mitchell
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Jimmy Mitchell
Ricky Parker ...
Ricky Mitchell
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Andy Mitchell
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Roommate
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Uncle Tom Wood
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Playboy
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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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

[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 »

Soundtracks

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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An odd mix indeed
18 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I rated this movie in the middle only because I feel there were two distinct parts to the movie with an indecisive end. The first part, with Robert De Niro prominent is very funny, at time uproariously so. (The opening with Charles Durning is priceless.) The part with the theater of "Be Black Baby" was pretty strong stuff, even today. It was real and scary and had no relationship to the first part. This part was really tense and made me shudder several times.

The problem I had was what did the De Niro part have to do with the "Be Black Baby" part. Maybe I am old-fashioned and wanted something more linear or, really, coherent. Perhaps the appeal of this movie is the lack of obedience to strictures. I do applaud that kind of freedom, but only when it works. I laughed and cringed during what felt like a double feature. Both parts work very well. But together they make an uneasy mix.


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