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The People Next Door (1970)

 -  Drama  -  26 August 1970 (USA)
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Comfortable New York suburbanites Arthur and Gerrie Mason discover one night that their seemingly perfect 16-year old daughter, Maxie has been tripping on LSD. Arthur, a smug, bullying ... See full summary »

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Della
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Dr. Lauran (as Anthony Call)
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Comfortable New York suburbanites Arthur and Gerrie Mason discover one night that their seemingly perfect 16-year old daughter, Maxie has been tripping on LSD. Arthur, a smug, bullying braggart, immediately suspects his 17-year old (long-haired) son, Artie of supplying the drug to his sister, and immediately kicks him out of the house. Whereupon (suitably) confused Harris runs next door to seek advice from high school principal David Hoffman whose wife, Tina is an alcoholic, and whose son Sandy has his own problems. Very sensibly, he advises love and understanding on the part of the parents, which all but goes out the window when Maxie confesses she has been tripping for quite a while now, is also sexually active and on the pill. Meanwhile, she just keeps getting worse--she's found by her father high on cocaine and in bed with a biker. From there, it's straight to family therapy where, among other things, it's revealed that Dad is having an affair with his lusty secretary and Mom knew... Written by phillindholm

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A movie as American as Mom's apple pie, Daddy's Scotch-on-the-rocks and little Maxie's hang-ups. See more »

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First cinema feature of Stephen Mchattie. See more »

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Remake of CBS Playhouse: The People Next Door (1968) See more »

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Mama, Don't You Wait Up for Me
by Scott David English and Larry Weiss
Sung by The Glass Bottle
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A great Film; often misunerstood.
2 February 2000 | by (Brooklyn,New York) – See all my reviews

The People Next Door captures the spirit of it's age in a way few other films of it's era have. Eli Walach and Julie Harris are two of the greatest actors of our time and play remarkably well together. Just check out the last few scenes of this movie. Their performances help keep this film from becoming dated. The subject matter is touchy stuff. It deals with teenage alienation, rebellion and trust. Many films of this era are somewhat tongue in cheek, this movie however never lets up. It takes itself very seriously and as a result has often been misunderstood. The music is cool and so is the rest of the cast. This is a must see for anyone interested in forgotten classics of the early seventies.


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