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"The Horney Headmaster by Richard P. Long is a fictional book that Allen Garfield praises ("beautiful book, tremendous insights!") to Robert de Niro in the film Greetings." --Sholem Stein

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Greetings is a 1968 film directed by Brian De Palma. The film, which featured a young Robert De Niro in his first major role, is a satirical film about men avoiding the Vietnam War draft.

The film did, however, earn some criticism: it made the 2004 documentary The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made. It was also the first film to receive an X rating, although it was later given an R rating.

De Niro reprised the character of Jon Rubin in the 1970 film Hi, Mom! also directed by De Palma.

Artie Traum co-wrote songs for the Brian de Palma debut film Greetings – the first role for Robert De Niro – with Eric Kaz and Bear.


  • Robert De Niro – Jon Rubin
  • Jonathan Warden – Paul Shaw
  • Gerrit Graham – Lloyd Clay
  • Richard Hamilton – Pop Artist
  • Megan McCormick – Marina
  • Tina Hirsch – Tina (as Bettina Kugel)
  • Jack Cowley – Fashion Photographer
  • Jane Lee Salmons – Model
  • Ashley Oliver – Bronx Secretary
  • Melvin Morgulis – 'Rat' Vendor
  • Cynthia Peltz – Divorcee
  • Peter Maloney – Earl Roberts
  • Rutanya Alda – Linda (Shoplifter) (as Ruth Alda)
  • Ted Lescault – Bookstore Manager
  • Mona Feit – Mystic


Howard Thompson of The New York Times wrote "Some of it is amusing, as when one of the lads is coached in the technique of draft-dodging. Most of it is strained and unfunny, with some generous nudity for nudity's sake and a hip sprinkling of four-letter words." Variety wrote that the film "has its sluggish sequences" but "[m]uch of the production has a freshness that is infectious." Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called it "the funniest film since 'The Producers'—and stylistically its superior. It has the fresh and uninhibited wit of the best of the student films yet has the grace and control to sustain itself throughout its 88 minutes."

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