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Greetings (1968)

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!.

Paul Shaw
Jonathan Warden
Jon Rubin
Robert De Niro
Lloyd Clay
Gerrit Graham
Pop artist
Richard Hamilton
Megan McCormick
Bettina Kugel
Jack Cowley
Jane Lee Salmons
Bronx secretary
Ashley Oliver
Rat magazine vendor
Melvin Margulies
Smut peddler
Allen Garfield

Brian De Palma