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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:

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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

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

Goofs

When Jon Rubin is finally about to seduce Judy Bishop in her apartment, you can see a microphone 'peeping' into the room several times from behind the sofa where she is lying down. 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

Hi, Mom!
Music by Eric Kaz
Lyrics by John Andreolli
Sung by Jeffrey Lesser (as Jeff Lesser)
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 tedr0113See 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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