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The People Next Door (1970)

R  |   |  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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Credited cast:
Arthur Mason
Gerrie Mason
Deborah Winters ...
Maxie Mason
Artie Mason
David Hoffman
Tina Hoffman
Sandy Hoffman
Dr. Salazar
Dr. Margolin
Sandy Alexander ...
Anthony D. Call ...
Dr. Lauran (as Anthony Call)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Batiste ...
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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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a treasured memory from my childhood
12 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

unfortunately, the only treasured memory I have of this film is the fully nude hairy biker descending the stairs...I saw the SNEAK PREVIEW Of this movie in 1970, when I was ten, accompanied by my parents and my mother's 84 year old childhood governess. I can say that it was electrifying to me at that age to see a middle-class home thrown into chaos by naked tripping hippies. The governess did not have any comment, but what she must have been thinking...I always wondered if the male nude scene was later cut for general release, and if so was I privileged enough to see the DIRECTOR'S CUT with my parents and the governess...this would still be a fairly shocking film if seen today. needs a DVD release.

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