Greetings

Greetings

Director: Brian De Palma

Cast: Brian De Palma, Jonathan Warden, Robert De Niro, Gerritt Graham

     
 

If for nothing else, Greetings would be memorable as the second feature-length directorial effort of Brian DePalma (his first, 1966's The Wedding Party, was released shortly afterward). A satire of late-1960s manners and mores, the film aims its barbs at Lyndon B. Johnson, Vietnam, the draft, the counterculture, Greenwich Village and the John F. KennedySee more details below

Overview

If for nothing else, Greetings would be memorable as the second feature-length directorial effort of Brian DePalma (his first, 1966's The Wedding Party, was released shortly afterward). A satire of late-1960s manners and mores, the film aims its barbs at Lyndon B. Johnson, Vietnam, the draft, the counterculture, Greenwich Village and the John F. Kennedy assassination. Billed first, Robert DeNiro actually has a supporting role as a young longhair who tries to help his best pal (Jonathan Warden) flunk his Army physical. Gerrit Graham is a JFK conspiracy theorist who may well have good reason to be paranoid. Though largely ignored by the mainstream press in America, Greetings was effusively honored at the 1969 Berlin Film Festival. The film was originally rated X due to its considerable sexual content.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
An anti-establishment comedy, Greetings is the sort of film only the late '60s could produce. And while it superficially has little in common with Brian De Palma's better-known later work, viewers familiar with the director will find a fair share of connecting points, including a voyeuristic young film enthusiast played by Robert De Niro. Any film broken into loosely connected vignettes almost invariably suffers from unevenness, and Greetings proves no exception. For the most part, though, De Palma does an excellent job of sustaining interest. Enthusiastically incorporating -- too much so at times -- techniques from the French New Wave, he creates a richly detailed picture of counterculture males pursuing Kennedy assassination conspiracies, trying out computer dating services, and making films for the basest of reasons (in a scene as film-savvy as any De Palma has ever shot), all the while living in the shadow of the draft. A fascinating and often funny portrait of its time, Greetings should prove interesting even to non-De Palma diehards. Just beware the more experimental moments of the soundtrack by the Children of Paradise.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/26/2002
UPC:
0096009090692
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
R
Source:
Echo Bridge
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Chapter selections; Digitally mastered

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jonathan Warden Paul Shaw
Robert De Niro Jon Rubin
Gerritt Graham Lloyd Clay
Richard Hamilton Pop Artist
Megan McCormick Marina
Bettina Kugel Tina
Jack Cowley Photographer
Jane Lee Salmons Model
Ashley Oliver Bronx Secretary
Peter Maloney Earl Roberts
Allen Garfield Smut Peddler
Roz Kelly Photographer
Richard McCormick Actor

Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Robert Fiore Cinematographer
Charles Hirsch Producer,Screenwriter
Eric Kaz Score Composer
Jeffrey Lesser Sound/Sound Designer
Artie Traum Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [8:15]
2. The Psychiatrist [10:02]
3. What's That? [8:47]
4. Computer Dating [9:28]
5. Read All About It [10:42]
6. Date No. 3 [5:49]
7. How Are You? [3:20]
8. A Woman Alone [10:03]
9. Like Cats [8:44]
10. The Dirty Movie [5:41]
11. Photogenic [5:04]
12. Closing Credits [1:11]

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