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Star Robert DeNiro and director Brian DePalma both made their feature debuts with this freewheeling counter-culture comedy about a young womanizer (Jonathan Warden) who, with the help of his pals, a conspiracy buff (Gerrit Graham) and a voyeuristic would-be filmmaker (DeNiro), plots to avoid induction into the military during the Vietnam War.


Jonathan Warden
as Paul Shaw
Robert De Niro
as Jon Rubin
Gerrit Graham
as Lloyd Clay
Richard Hamilton
as Pop Artist
Jack Cowley
as Photographer
Ashley Oliver
as Bronx Secretary
Melvin Marguiles
as `Rat' Magazine Vendor
Cynthia Peltz
as Divorcee
Peter Maloney
as Earl Roberts
Ted Lescault
as Bookstore Manager
Mona Feit
as Mystic Date
Allen Garfield
as Smut Peddler
Roz Kelly
as Photographer
Carol Patton
as Blonde at Party and Park
Sara-Jo Edlin
as Nymphomaniac
Ray Tuttle
as TV News Correspondent
Tisa Chang
as Vietnamese Girl
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Audience Reviews for Greetings

  • Mar 30, 2012
    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.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2010
    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. It’s a subject that you don’t often see that much in film, but this does it so well that I don’t see the need to do it anywhere else. Brian De Palma presents a very experimental looking film that takes the camera places it doesn’t usually go. With a series of jump cuts, odd focus changes and panning, you’re being given a lens that wasn’t typical of the time period. It also happens to be Robert De Niro’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.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2009
    An early film for Brian De Palma, and the debut role for Robert De Niro. "Greetings" follows three friends in late 60s New York all trying to avoid being drafted into the army to fight in Vietnam. We have De Niro's "Jon", the peeping tom (whose film within a film is one of the funniest sequences), then there's Gerrit Graham's "Lloyd", who has an obsession with the Kennedy Assassination, finally there's "Paul" (Jonathan Warden) who seems to be the most normal of the bunch. The little touches De Palma puts in give it a very Godardian feel, with title cards, jump cuts, speeded up film etc. As a flowing film it doesn't really work but as a series of satirical sketches I rather enjoyed it. In my opinion a rather underated film from the counter-culture era, also De Niro reprised his role in the sequel "Hi, Mom!"
    Emily B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2009
    Very, very underrated film, and in my opinion, this is one of Brian De Palma's finest films. It is great to see Robert DeNiro in his humble years, and this is certainly not an exception for me. His performance and the film itself is very natural, but still with artistic touch. The amateurish look of the film added to its humor, and the editing was good. The ending determined the fate of the three main characters, each having a semi-tragic feeling, but still be giving your face a weird smile as the credit rolls. I was very surprised by "Greetings" as a whole, I never thought it will be this good, because I just picked my copy of this in a "sale" bin, so thank god I've bought this unique film. The non-linear approach to the film made the film one-of-a-kind, filled with quick cuts and colorful title cards to separate the episodic scenes. The "peeping tom" scene was very unforgettable, one proof that Brian De Palma, even at a young age, can make a film that is both artistic and humorous. The satirical approach to hot issues at the time was hilarious, especially the one about the JFK assassination and how can it drive a normal person into paranoia. "Greetings" is literally a hidden gem, one that I really did not expect to be that good.
    Ivan D Super Reviewer

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