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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.

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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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer and Director Brian De Palma and Robert De Niro worked together on Greetings (1968), this movie, and The Untouchables (1987). 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

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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I expect youre wondering why I'm wearing two watches
24 March 2003 | by Nice_Guy_DazSee all my reviews

This film was bought in a petrol station for 5 pounds on DVD. I expected little from it. It turned out to be one of the sharpest, funniest and deepest comedies I've ever seen.

De Niro is an idol of mine and he was fantastic as Jon, underplaying while displaying many layers to his comedy. My friend and I were giggling ourselves stupid at the opening scene where the superintendent keeps upping the price of the disgusting flat, with it's bath full of cat shite, and broken furniture. The montage of various bits of furniture breaking in the superintendent's hands is endlessly watchable, and one of the great comic moments in cinema as far as I'm concerned.

The satirical nature of Be Black, Baby was incredible. It is as poignant today as it was 30 years ago, and raised some interesting points.

All in all, I think the film was hysterically funny, De Niro looked and acted great, and I only wish that he'd do more comedy like this today, because even as a green up-and-comer he was more than capable. So why are we still watching painful moments like 'Rocky and Bullwinkle'?


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