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2 April 1981 (Australia) See more »
In this documentary, the director follows the day-to-day activities of his retarded, middle-aged cousin Philly, over a three-year period. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)
Philip Wohl ... Himself (as Philly Wohl)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Zero Mostel ... Himself
Christine O'Connor ... Herself
Frances Reiss ... Herself - Philly's Sister
Ira Wohl ... Himself
Max Wohl ... Himself
Pearl Wohl ... Herself

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Ira Wohl 
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Ira Wohl (written by)

Cinematography by
Tom McDonough 
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Ira Wohl 
Sound Department
Peter Miller .... sound recordist
Peter Miller .... production sound mixer
Roger Phenix .... production sound mixer
Roger Phenix .... sound mixer: Film is Oscar Winner!!
Camera and Electrical Department
Sandi Sissel .... assistant camera
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Michael F. Barrow .... production assistant

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111 min
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Max Wohl:I'm hungry.
Pearl Wohl:So eat.
Max Wohl:I'm eating.
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2 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Are You into Film? Or to educate your family?, 7 July 2005
Author: contactseth-1 from United States

After watching this documentary on Zero, a 45 year-old man, with a disability, who must learn how to take care of himself, before his parents, the ones who always took care of zero up until today, dies. A film maker, like myself, thrives, to watch documentaries, this documentaries gave good information on how to do a good documentary. If your looking for a way to educated your children, or change the Way your family thinks, renting this 104 minute movie, will blow them away. it teaches you how the "outcasts" or the "Special needed people," have feeling, even though they are different. It really makes you think about your life, and how you should take life for granted. Zero, works hard to change his way of life, and the most difficult challenges, he faces, and though they are tough, Zero, overcomes them, with a shocking and special story to go with it.

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