Best Boy (1979)

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In this documentary, the director follows the day-to-day activities of his retarded, middle-aged cousin Philly, over a three-year period.



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Credited cast:
Philip Wohl ...
Himself (as Philly Wohl)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christine O'Connor ...
Frances Reiss ...
Herself - Philly's Sister
Ira Wohl ...
Max Wohl ...
Pearl Wohl ...


Portrait of a family in transition: a mother, a father, and their son, their "best boy." Pearl and Max Wohl live in Queens with Philly, their cheerful, engaging, and mentally-disabled son. For 50 years Pearl and Max have provided a loving home for Philly, but they're aging, Max is ailing, and they must figure out what's to happen to Philly when they can no longer care for him. Are there options besides an institution? Philly's cousin is Ira Wohl, whose camera follows the family as Philly takes steps into the wider world. Written by <>

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2 April 1981 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

El mejor de los muchachos  »

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Max Wohl: I'm hungry.
Pearl Wohl: So eat.
Max Wohl: I'm eating.
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »


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Written by Jerry Bock
Performed by Zero Mostel
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12 September 2004 | by (Nowhere, Everywhere) – See all my reviews

"Good show old boy!" Enough of my lame English accent. Just wanted to support the movie commentary with a good old "three cheers" for this film. It is BRILLIANT.

If there is a rule to making an excellent film, it exists in his project.

If there were any guidelines on how to make a remarkable movie, it is found here, in Best Boy. Let's watch and learn here. OK, that's it. Thanks IMDb. Thank you for taking an interest in this fine film. Now I go back to commenting on Resident Evil 2, which is pure fly crap in comparison to Best Boy. Can I say that? Why am I talking to myself?

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