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The Boys Next Door -- Bo has trouble talking to girls. Roy Alston is filled with an uncontrollable rage.  On the weekend of their high-school graduation, the two suburban outcasts head for Los Angeles and embark on a violent murder spree that shocks the nation. But these young men are neither hardened criminals or foaming-at-the-mouth maniacs. They are simply THE BOYS NEXT DOOR.
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The Boys Next Door -- US Theatrical Trailer from Anchor Bay Entertainment


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Release Date:
October 1985 (USA) See more »
Young. Handsome. Desirable. Deadly. See more »
Roy and Bo leave their small town the weekend after graduation for a short road trip to LA. Soon, they find themselves lashing out and leaving a trail of bodies behind them. The violence escalates throughout. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Maxwell Caulfield ... Roy Alston

Charlie Sheen ... Bo Richards

Patti D'Arbanville ... Angie

Christopher McDonald ... Detective Mark Woods
Hank Garrett ... Detective Ed Hanley
Paul C. Dancer ... Chris
Richard Pachorek ... Boyfriend
Lesa Lee ... Girlfriend
Kenneth Cortland ... Dwayne

Moon Unit Zappa ... Nancy
Dawn Schneider ... Bonnie
Kurt Christian ... Shakir
Don Draper ... Mr. Heaton
Blackie Dammett ... Bartender
Phil Rubenstein ... Gutfield
James Carrington ... Ross

Grant Heslov ... Joe Gonzales
Michael Lewis ... Kanter
Leonard O. Turner ... Sergeant
Vance Colvig Jr. ... Old Man
Jeff Prettyman ... Al

Claudia Templeton ... Girl at Beach
Ron Ross ... Drunk
Carlos Guitarlos ... Patient
Helen Brown ... Old Woman at Beach
Hettie Lynne Hurtes ... Anchorwoman

Sarah Lilly ... Female Officer
Jimmy Ford ... Bob the Jock

James Bolt ... Student
Joseph Michael Cala ... Gas Station Owner
Mary Tiffany ... Woman #1
Marilou Conway ... Woman #2
Mark Stanton ... Student #1
Kevi Kendall ... Student #2
Carmen Filpi ... Bum

Christina Beck ... Punk Girl
John Davey ... Watkins
Geoff Brewer ... Security Guard
Toby Iland ... Tom

Richard Halpern ... Boy
John Escobar ... Policeman #1

Ray Lykins ... Policeman #2
Judie David ... Female Security Guard
Texacala Jones ... Street Band
Pinkie Tessa ... Street Band
Tequila Mockingbird ... Street Band
Maggie Ehrig ... Street Band
Ted Quinn ... Street Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Michaels ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Penelope Spheeris 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Glen Morgan 
James Wong 

Produced by
Sandy Howard .... producer
Don Levin .... executive producer
Michael S. Murphey .... associate producer
Mel Pearl .... executive producer
Keith Rubinstein .... producer
Joel Soisson .... associate producer
Original Music by
George S. Clinton 
Cinematography by
Arthur Albert 
Film Editing by
Andy Horvitch 
Casting by
Debra Rubinstein 
Makeup Department
Mark Shostrom .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Warren Lewis .... assistant director
Art Department
Audri Phillips .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Craig Felburg .... production sound mixer
Roy Pahlman .... sound re-recording mixer
Rick Barker .... stunts
Jennifer Barlow .... stunts
Dan Bradley .... stunt coordinator
Scott Alan Cook .... stunts
Ray Lykins .... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Davie Carothers .... third assistant camera
Steven Flood .... electrician
Kim Heath .... grip
Philip Holahan .... camera operator: second unit
Philip Holahan .... first assistant camera
Roger Olkowski .... lighting gaffer
Phedon Papamichael .... second assistant camera (as Phedon Papamichael Jr.)
Music Department
Stephen E. Smith .... music supervisor
Other crew
Buddy Enright .... production assistant
Susan Malerstein .... script supervisor
Victoria Plummer .... production coordinator
Mike Ruscio .... stand-in
Si Timberman .... stand-in

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-18 (2002) (self applied) | Finland:(Banned) (1987) | France:-16 | Norway:18 | UK:18 (cut video version) | UK:18 (theatrical rating) | USA:R (certificate # 27648) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Actor Crispin Glover auditioned for the part of Bo and tested with Maxwell Caulfield. According to the audio commentary for the film, Director Penelope Spheeris said Glover's performance was "too psychotic".See more »
Bo Richards:Hey, this camel jockey is ripping us off!See more »
Movie Connections:
References An Unnatural Act (1985)See more »
IS That So StrangeSee more »


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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
disturbing and funny, 11 January 2006
Author: rogerebertisfat from Oakland, CA USA.

First off, don't listen to the comments by the moron from Pleasant Valley, New Mexico. Maxwell Caulfield couldn't possibly be doing his version of "Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer" since "The Boys Next Door" came out BEFORE it. In fact, since "The Boys Next Door" came out in 1985, it's pretty safe to say that "Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer" (which came out in 1986) borrowed from it, not the other way around. Regardless, this movie has a great soundtrack and really funny dialogue ("Two Blacks and a Mexican.") Scenes so outrageous that they're actually funny (gas station beating). Now, while it's not the greatest film in existence, the fact that the (life- like) violence in the movie could really happen (and sad to say, similarly HAS really happened before), make this movie better than a lot of movies out today. The acting is pretty good, especially Maxwell Caulfield (probably his best performance). I'd recommend this movie to anyone, especially if you grew up in the '80s. People who don't like it are usually over-analyzing it a bit too much. Too many people are looking for "social commentary" when watching movies. They usually end up not liking many films. They forget the simplest thing: movies are made to entertain, bottom line.

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