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Greetings (1968)

An offbeat, episodic film about three friends, Paul, a shy love-seeker, Lloyd, a vibrant conspiracy nut, and Jon, an aspiring filmmaker and peeping tom. The film satirizes free-love, the ... See full summary »

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Brian De Palma
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Warden Jonathan Warden ... Paul Shaw
Robert De Niro ... Jon Rubin
Gerrit Graham ... Lloyd Clay
Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton ... Pop Artist
Megan McCormick Megan McCormick ... Marina
Tina Hirsch Tina Hirsch ... Tina (as Bettina Kugel)
Jack Cowley Jack Cowley ... Fashion Photographer
Jane Lee Salmons Jane Lee Salmons ... Model
Ashley Oliver Ashley Oliver ... Bronx Secretary
Melvin Morgulis Melvin Morgulis ... 'Rat' Vendor
Cynthia Peltz Cynthia Peltz ... Divorcee
Peter Maloney ... Earl Roberts
Rutanya Alda ... Linda (Shoplifter) (as Ruth Alda)
Ted Lescault Ted Lescault ... Bookstore Manager
Mona Feit Mona Feit ... Mystic
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Storyline

An offbeat, episodic film about three friends, Paul, a shy love-seeker, Lloyd, a vibrant conspiracy nut, and Jon, an aspiring filmmaker and peeping tom. The film satirizes free-love, the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, and amateur filmmaking. Written by Philip Brubaker <phil@intrex.net>

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Don't Miss This Year's Miracle on 34th Street!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1970 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciao America See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,000,000, 31 December 1968
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West End Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although this is actually Brian De Palma's second film, it was released before his first, The Wedding Party (1969). See more »

Quotes

Jon Rubin: You've heard of 'Pop Art' right? Well this is 'Peep Art'.
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Original theatrical version was rated X. Some sexual material was cut to be re-rated R. See more »

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Has its moments, but doesn't come together
22 April 2001 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

"Greetings" is cheaply made satire, which was Brian DePalma's directorial debut and one of DeNiro's first roles. That was my main reason for being very curious of this film. I was anxious to see DeNiro in early moments of his career.

Maybe this movie is dated. I wasn't around during 1968, so maybe I just didn't get the satire. Maybe that's why most of this movie flew above my head. Nevertheless, the movie never seems to center on a basic idea. It just meanders on and on, delivering a series of satirical sketches, almost as if they were coming up with ideas as they continued shooting the film. This would be typical of an experimental student film, and I'm sure it would get top honors if DePalma, DeNiro and the other people who took part in this movie submitted this to their film class in college. But I'm not going to purposely lower my standards just because a movie is cheaply made by a couple of ambitious filmmakers who simply tried to salvage whatever they can with their fledgling budget. I'm not going to feel pity for the film's cheapness, like it's some struggling vagrant. I've seen much better films made on low budgets that didn't contain shaky camera work and bad sound. You can at least do something fancy with the camera to show off your skills. Most of the shots you see in this movie are wide shots. There are very few close-ups. It wasn't until fifteen minutes through the film where I realized which one DeNiro was. It's like at those Christmas gatherings where one of the family members doesn't feel like lugging the camera around, so he/she mounts the camera atop some sort of aparatus to capture what's going on but it's just one boring still shot.

Anyway, I don't think DePalma will be putting this movie on his most-cherished list. Sometimes early work can be the best work. Like Martin Scorcese with "Mean Streets." I saw him on an interview recently and he claims "MS" is still his favorite out of all films he's ever done. I wouldn't be surprised if DePalma has this movie resting in the receptacle in his backyard.

Almost every great filmmaker started out making little forgettable, crappy, no-brain films with their camcorders at an early age. This is like one of those films, except it isn't completely devoid of intelligence and does have some direction. Just not enough consistency.


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