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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 (as Robert DeNiro) (as Robert De Niro)
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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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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Comedy | Drama

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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

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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Connections

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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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A bit hit and miss.
13 April 2012 | by dave13-1See all my reviews

Long before either Robert DeNiro or Brian DePalma were famous, they teamed for this low budget satire on Urban Life in late 60s NYC. The resulting film was a mixed bag at best, with one truly brilliant sequence - the guerrilla theater piece "Be Black, Baby" - a few clever observations and a fair bit of dead time, where it seems as if nobody came up with much, and it got filmed anyway. DeNiro plays a Vietnam vet who wanders about NYC filming things 'peeping Tom' style, looking for a purpose in life or a personal mission. If this sounds like Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver) with a camera rather than a cab, it sure does, but unfortunately, DeNiro has less to do that is cinematically captivating here than in his "Are you talking' to me?" moments as Bickle. The character is less interesting on screen, less well-formed and thus less of a scene-stealer. Plus, DePalma was clearly so enamored of the film- making process that the viewer is supposed to find the voyeuristic act of simply filming stuff to be as orgasmic as the director thinks it is, even when nothing much very interesting is being filmed. I still recommend the movie but urge caution. The good parts here are really good. It would be a better movie, obviously, if there were more of them.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hi, Mom! See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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West End Films See more »
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Mono

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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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