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Greetings (1968)

An offbeat, episodic film about three friends, Paul, a shy love-seeker, Lloyd, a vibrant conspiracy nut, and Jon, an aspiring filmmaker and peeping tom. The film satirizes free-love, the ... See full summary »

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Brian De Palma
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Warden Jonathan Warden ... Paul Shaw
Robert De Niro ... Jon Rubin
Gerrit Graham ... Lloyd Clay
Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton ... Pop Artist
Megan McCormick Megan McCormick ... Marina
Tina Hirsch Tina Hirsch ... Tina (as Bettina Kugel)
Jack Cowley Jack Cowley ... Fashion Photographer
Jane Lee Salmons Jane Lee Salmons ... Model
Ashley Oliver Ashley Oliver ... Bronx Secretary
Melvin Morgulis Melvin Morgulis ... 'Rat' Vendor
Cynthia Peltz Cynthia Peltz ... Divorcee
Peter Maloney ... Earl Roberts
Rutanya Alda ... Linda (Shoplifter) (as Ruth Alda)
Ted Lescault Ted Lescault ... Bookstore Manager
Mona Feit Mona Feit ... Mystic
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Storyline

An offbeat, episodic film about three friends, Paul, a shy love-seeker, Lloyd, a vibrant conspiracy nut, and Jon, an aspiring filmmaker and peeping tom. The film satirizes free-love, the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, and amateur filmmaking. Written by Philip Brubaker <phil@intrex.net>

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Don't Miss This Year's Miracle on 34th Street!

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1970 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciao America See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,000,000, 31 December 1968
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West End Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Writer and Director Brian De Palma and Robert De Niro worked together on this movie, Hi, Mom! (1970), and The Untouchables (1987). See more »

Quotes

Jon Rubin: You've heard of 'Pop Art' right? Well this is 'Peep Art'.
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Alternate Versions

Original theatrical version was rated X. Some sexual material was cut to be re-rated R. See more »

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References Elvira Madigan (1967) See more »

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So Loose and So Slow
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Performed by The Children of Paradise
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Poorly delivered episodic film whose only value is historic
22 February 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

In an episodic series of stories we meet three friends in the mid-sixties, each with their own hang-ups, issues and problems. Paul is shy and seeking love even though it isn't forthcoming from any of the computer dates he tries; Lloyd is a conspiracy theory nut, worried that he is being watched at all times due to his knowledge of those involved in the JFK assassination, meanwhile Jon is a shy amateur film maker who just happens to also be a peeping tom in training.

On the basis of those involved in this film I decided to give it a go and see what it did – after all De Palma is mentioned in the same breath as other very good directors who did a lot of good work back in the late 1960's and 70's. However this film left me cold and failed to really make any lasting impression on whatsoever as it was rather messy and with nothing I could really get a hold of. Other reviewers have called this a satire but few have said what it satirises and I suspect are using the word rather than knowing that that is what this was. The episodic nature of the film was not the problem for me, it was more than few of the sections were funny or interesting and too many of them just seemed to go nowhere.

The cast are mixed and it is obviously the presence of De Niro that attracts a lot of people. He is good despite the material and he shows some touches that he would develop as time went on. Graham and Warden are underused and have nothing of any real value to offer – not all their fault as the material is to blame but Graham does have some good moments. De Palma's direction is a bit dull to be honest and most of his shots are very static – ignore the fact that it lacks the style he is famous for, this just lacks imagination full stop.

Overall this is interesting only to see early work from De Palma and De Niro but really as a film it is poor. The episodic nature of the film is not so much a problem as the fact that few of the episodes are any good, even if they are watchable in the main. Not really worth watching on the whole then but maybe completest will get something from it.


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