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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)
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Christine O'Connor ...
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Frances Reiss ...
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Ira Wohl ...
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Max Wohl ...
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Pearl Wohl ...
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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2 April 1981 (Australia)  »

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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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If I Were a Rich Man
Written by Jerry Bock
Performed by Zero Mostel
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Let's cheer Philly on.
29 January 1999 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Heartfelt doco on a 52 year old retarded man, Philly, whose parents have kept him to themselves. This doco explores Philly's new life as he makes contact with the outside world and the relationship he has with his parents who both pass away during the making of this doco.


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