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Brian De Palma takes on late 1960s media culture in his followup to Brian De Palma (1968). Seeking a place in New York life one way or another, Vietnam vet John Rubin (Robert De Niro) moves into a Greenwich Village dive, with hopes of becoming a director for porn king Joe Banner (Allen Garfield). Rubin sells Banner on his idea to make "Peep Art" by filming the racy action in the building windows across from his apartment. He plans to seduce talky window denizen Judy (Jennifer Salt) to get the film he wants; but when that plan fails, John trades his camera for a TV and joins a radical theater troupe for their performance piece, "Be Black Baby." Inspired by the radicals, John decides to make his own violent political statement -- or does he just want to be on TV? Mixing long passages of the TV-framed "Be Black Baby" with John's misadventures in Manhattan, the film sends up political extremism, liberal guilt, and the Chicago 1968 protestors' mantra that "the whole world is watching," as it all becomes one big staged performance for the cameras. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi


Robert De Niro
as John Rubin
Abraham Goren
as Pervert in Theater
Lara Parker
as Jeannie Mitchell
Jennifer Salt
as Judy Bishop
Nelson Peltz
as Playboy
Ruth Bocour
as N.I.T. Journal
Arthur Bierman
as N.I.T. Journal at Newsstand
Buddy Butler
as "Be Black, Baby" Troupe
Joe Fields
as Audience Member
Gene Elman
as Audience Member
Peter Maloney
as Pharmacist
Jeffrey Lesser
as s
William Daley
as Co-op Neighbor
Allen Garfield
as Joe Banner
Gerritt Graham
as Gerrit Wood
Allen Garfield
as Joe Banner
William Daley
as Co-op Neighbor


Brian De Palma
Brian De Palma
Paul Hirsch
Peter Bocour
Art Director