Brian De Palma’s early experimental feature (only his second solo effort) is a satirical comedy that follows the efforts of two men, Jon (Robert De Niro in an early starring role) and Lloyd (Gerrit Graham) to get their best friend Paul Shaw (Jonathan Warden) out of the army draft.
The slight story is a mere springboard to attack such political targets as Lyndon Johnson, the Vietnam War and the Warren Commission report on the assassination of John F Kennedy, using cinéma vérité, sexual obsession, and voyeurism.
Slapdash, vulgar and smug, it was a huge youth culture hit, caused an explosion in the independent underground in the US and spawned the 1970 sequel Hi, Mom!.
Robert De Niro
Jane Lee Salmons
Rat magazine vendor
Brian De Palma