Hi, Mom!

Hi, Mom!

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Director: Brian De Palma

Cast: Brian De Palma, Robert De Niro, Charles Durnham, Abraham Goren

     
 

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Brian De Palma takes on late 1960s media culture in his followup to Greetings (1968). Seeking a place in New York life one way or another, Vietnam vet John Rubin (Robert De Niro) moves into a Greenwich Village dive, with hopes of becoming a director for porn king Joe Banner (Allen Garfield). Rubin sells Banner on his idea to make "Peep Art" by filming the racy…  See more details below

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Brian De Palma takes on late 1960s media culture in his followup to Greetings (1968). Seeking a place in New York life one way or another, Vietnam vet John Rubin (Robert De Niro) moves into a Greenwich Village dive, with hopes of becoming a director for porn king Joe Banner (Allen Garfield). Rubin sells Banner on his idea to make "Peep Art" by filming the racy action in the building windows across from his apartment. He plans to seduce talky window denizen Judy (Jennifer Salt) to get the film he wants; but when that plan fails, John trades his camera for a TV and joins a radical theater troupe for their performance piece, "Be Black Baby." Inspired by the radicals, John decides to make his own violent political statement -- or does he just want to be on TV? Mixing long passages of the TV-framed "Be Black Baby" with John's misadventures in Manhattan, the film sends up political extremism, liberal guilt, and the Chicago 1968 protestors' mantra that "the whole world is watching," as it all becomes one big staged performance for the cameras.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Lurking beneath the humor of director Brian De Palma's irreverent breakthrough comedy is the politically charged suggestion that, in an already hyped-up environment, Vietnam vets may not be so easily re-assimilated to the home front. The main character of Rubin is something of a precursor to star Robert De Niro's ultra-violent, ultra-alienated Travis Bickle in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976). Independently produced, and shot for very little money on location in the Village, the film has a loose narrative structure and apt downtown details that give it a keen feel for the counterculture milieu on which it comments. More a cult favorite than a mainstream success, the film spotlights De Palma's visual smarts and interest in media voyeurism, and De Niro's off-kilter Rubin, retrospectively making Hi, Mom! a clever forerunner of the subsequent '70s work of both men.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2004
UPC:
0883904129509
Original Release:
1970
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro John Rubin
Charles Durnham Superintendent
Abraham Goren Pervert in Theater
Lara Parker Jeannie Mitchell
Jennifer Salt Judy Bishop
Nelson Peltz Playboy
Hector Valentin Lino N.I.T. Journal Revolutionary
Carole Leverett N.I.T. Journal Revolutionary
Ruth Bocour N.I.T. Journal
Arthur Bierman N.I.T. Journal at Newsstand
Buddy Butler "Be Black, Baby" Troupe
Joe Fields Audience Member
Gene Elman Audience Member
Peter Maloney Pharmacist
Floyd L. Peterson Newscaster Winnicove
Jeffrey Lesser s
William Daley Co-op Neighbor
Allen Garfield Joe Banner
Gerritt Graham Gerrit Wood

Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director,Screenwriter
John Andreoni Songwriter
Peter Bocour Art Director
Robert Elfstrom Cinematographer
Charles Hirsch Producer
Paul Hirsch Editor
Eric Katz Score Composer,Songwriter

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