Greetings (1968)

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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.

Cast

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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Critic Reviews for Greetings

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

Silly and substantial.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's all served up with good humor, self-indulgence, a touch of wit, and once in a while a fine satirical relish.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

With the mission statement of setting out to make something akin to Jean-Luc Godard's '60s work, De Palma's third feature, Greetings, still feels surprisingly his own.

Jul 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Director Brian De Palma has infused Greetings with an excessively freewheeling sensibility that immediately grates...

May 3, 2016 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Greetings

½

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 Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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 Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

A fascinating time-capsule from Brian De Palma, featuring Robert De Niro. The pair had previously worked together in 1963 on a film called "The Wedding Party", which still hadn't been released theatrically by the time "Greetings" came out in 1968. You can tell how dated this film is by listing its primary interests: draft-dodging, the Vietnam War in general and conspiracy theories surrounding President Kennedy's assassination. In fact, just about the only topic the film deals with which hasn't dated is that ageless concern of young people the world over, getting laid. There's no discernible plot or a particular point being made here; it's just an irreverent, episodic, freewheeling, ballsy poke in the eye to the prevailing sacred cows of the time. De Palma's thematic interest in voyeurism can be traced back to De Niro's character in "Greetings", Jon Rubin, who would be further developed in the superior sequel, "Hi, Mom!" a couple of years later. Gerrit Graham is very funny as an obsessive critic of the Warren Commission, and there's a great scene where he meets a paranoid eyewitness to the JFK assassination in a bookstore: "There's a plaster cast of the pillow that was used to smother my aunt!"

Stephen M
Stephen M

Super Reviewer

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