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)  »

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El mejor de los muchachos  »

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I loved this documentary!
3 August 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I have lost count of the number of times I have watched this documentary. I rarely buy movies and yet this one I feel I have to have at my disposal for some reason. It touches a spot so deep in my soul I want to be sure I can always access that spot. I fell in love with all involved, including the gruff father.....who eventually allows his sweetness to show when he is too weak to fight it. I would not be surprised to hear that this documentary was added to your list of favorites as well.

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