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Hi, Mom! (1970)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 1970 (UK)
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.

Director:

Brian De Palma (as Brian DePalma)

Writers:

Brian De Palma (screenplay) (as Brian DePalma), Charles Hirsch (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Durning ... Superintendent (as Charles Durnham)
Robert De Niro ... Jon Rubin
Allen Garfield ... Joe Banner
Abraham Goren Abraham Goren ... Pervert
Lara Parker ... Jeannie Mitchell
Bruce Price Bruce Price ... Jimmy Mitchell
Ricky Parker Ricky Parker ... Ricky Mitchell
Andy Parker Andy Parker ... Andy Mitchell
Jennifer Salt ... Judy Bishop
Robbie Heywood Robbie Heywood ... Roommate
Leslie Bornstein Leslie Bornstein ... Roommate
Paul Bartel ... Uncle Tom Wood
Gerrit Graham ... Gerrit Wood
Nelson Peltz Nelson Peltz ... Playboy
Delia Abrams Delia Abrams ... Date
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Manhattan See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

West End Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scene, in which Jon Rubin (Robert De Niro) is shown around his crummy new apartment by the landlord (Charles Durning), is a parody of a then-contemporary television 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, titled "Give A Damn", was also responsible for the same-named 1969 hit single by the pop group Spanky & Our Gang.) See more »

Goofs

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 Fight Club (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Too hip for 1970
30 November 1999 | by sspisakSee all my reviews

This movie has the distinction of being too hip even for the hippest period in American movies. (It wasn't the underground hit it deserved to be.) Full of guerrilla street theater and put-ons, and featuring a very young Robert De Niro going through lighting-fast comedy routines, it's an amazing document of the era. Remarkable the number of great actors De Palma discovered--with De Niro at the top of the list.


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