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Greetings

Greetings (1968)

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 1

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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)

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Charles Hirsch, Brian DePalma

Nov 1, 2002

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Silly and substantial.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Most of it is strained and unfunny, with some generous nudity for nudity's sake and a hip sprinkling of four-letter words.

May 10, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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What holds the film together is not its plot (there isn't one) but its attitude, its general instinct for what is funny in our society.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It's all served up with good humor, self-indulgence, a touch of wit, and once in a while a fine satirical relish.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This modest film by the young Brian De Palma, starring the young Robert De Niro, is one of the first features that dealt with Vietnam.

August 20, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Brian De Palma's breezy, Godardian first feature distills the heady atmosphere of Greenwich Village in an era of countercultural experimentation and anti-war protest.

March 7, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Messy, but lively and surprisingly funny.

March 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Prickly comedy of alienation

February 7, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Greetings, and salutations to a career destined to be pockmarked by provocation.

August 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

What happened to a vivacious, talented director who could in 1968 co-write, direct and edit this movie for $40,000 yet 30 years later made Mission: Impossible?

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for Greetings

Greetings is one of those American films where we first saw the influence of European cinema. It's very much an American classic but it's kind of a cross between a Jean-Luc Godard film and an episode of The Monkees. It also has an element of British sex comedy about it too, although this seems a little edgier. It's great to see such experimental cinema work, where with many of the films of that decade are either filmed on poor quality film, are psychedelic drug-fuelled nonsense or just lost and forgotten about. It's a little unfair that Robert De Niro get top billing to as Gerrit Graham is really the lead.
September 26, 2013
SirPant

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Sometimes clever and funny, but DePalma's Greetings presents a lot of unfunny, unecessary and boring scenes; very dumb and no prespective to make somebody laugh with the poor screenplay. De Niro, however, show a nice acting. Greetings it's in my list of the most disappoint films that I ever saw. Rotten.
March 30, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Almost too relevant for its own good, this is a hauntingly realistic interpretation of life in the 60s. It consists of draft dodging techniques, clues to the Kennedy assassination and making low budget porn. Following three friends, you really get a sense of what it was like to be a guy in his 20s at the brink of the Vietnam War. Itâ??s a subject that you donâ??t often see that much in film, but this does it so well that I donâ??t see the need to do it anywhere else. Brian De Palma presents a very experimental looking film that takes the camera places it doesnâ??t usually go. With a series of jump cuts, odd focus changes and panning, youâ??re being given a lens that wasnâ??t typical of the time period. It also happens to be Robert De Niroâ??s first starring role and an amazing one at that. Jon Rubin is an intellectual peeping tom that uses his manipulation skills to lure girls and film them stripping nude.
March 30, 2010
ythelastman89

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A quirky early film for De Niro, where it doesn?t really give his acting skills chance to shine through and yet, it is strangely intriguing. It feels like the type of movie which could have developed a Cult following, being an either love it or hate it type of film and yet I?m guessing as a lesser known title, this didn?t seem to be the case.
March 28, 2009
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Foreign Titles

  • Greetings - Grüße (DE)
  • Greetings (1968) (UK)
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