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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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Andy Mitchell
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Nelson Peltz ...
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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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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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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One of De Palma's very best; perhaps his most gleefully deranged
29 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this very late 60's irreverent, almost anarchic low-budget film, Brian De Palma defines more of his strange, given Hitchcock-like fascination of voyeurism, and attacks the issues of the day. The most prominent of which, both cringe-inducing and just plain funny, is when he focuses on the black-power movement (a black woman handing out fliers asking white people 'do you know what it's like to be black'), which is something that could only work for that time and place, not before or now.

But one of the key things to the interest in the film is 27 year old Robert De Niro (not his first or last film with the director), who plays this character who sits in a room looking out through his telescope at women in their rooms, setting up phony deals, and in the end basically throwing bombs. Those who have said that De Niro can't act and just is himself in every movie should see this movie, if only out of some minor curiosity. A couple of times in the film it's actually not funny, as when there's a disturbance in a black-power meeting (filmed in a grainer, rougher style than the rest of the film).

In the end it's capped off with a rambling monologue in an interview that tops De Niro's in King of Comedy. It's pretty obvious where De Palma's career would go after this, into slightly more mainstream Hollywood territory, but all of his trademarks are here; the dark, almost nail-biting comedy, the perfectly timed style of voyeurism, and interesting usage of locals. Think if De Palma and De Niro did a Monty Python film, only even more low-budget and in its New York way just as off-the-hinges, and you got Hi, Mom! It also contains an eccentric and funny soundtrack.


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