R | | Comedy, Drama
A Vietnam vet moves into an apartment and views in other people's windows across the street, meets one of the women, and discovers black theater.
The opening scene, in which Jon Rubin (Robert De Niro) is shown around his crummy new apartment by the landlord (Charles Durning), is a parody of a then-contemporary television public service announcement for the New York Urban Coalition, in which a similarly slimy landlord shows off a dilapidated apartment to a black man. The movie scene follows the commercial rather closely, and both De Niro and the unnamed black renter accept the apartment with the same words: "I'll take it." The commercial, however, is in black and white. (The public service campaign, titled "Give A Damn", was also responsible for the same-named 1969 hit single by the pop group Spanky & Our Gang.)
Uh, excuse me, sir? Sir? Sir - uh, are you the janitor of this building?
When Jon Rubin is finally about to seduce Judy Bishop in her apartment, you can see a microphone 'peeping' into the room several times from behind the sofa where she is lying down.
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