MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,860 this week

The Boys Next Door (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Drama  -  4 February 1996 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 350 users  
Reviews: 9 user

Jack Palmer is a social worker whose job has taken precedence over his personal life. Mainly, his job is to help four mentally challenged men live regular lives in a home. They consist of: ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(play), (teleplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 911 titles
created 21 Aug 2012
 
a list of 121 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 62 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 14 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 281 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Boys Next Door (TV Movie 1996)

The Boys Next Door (TV Movie 1996) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Boys Next Door.
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Jack Palmer is a social worker whose job has taken precedence over his personal life. Mainly, his job is to help four mentally challenged men live regular lives in a home. They consist of: Norman, who works at a donut shop and has a thing for keys; Barry, who thinks he is a golf pro and doesn't communicate well with his father; Arnold, who is into all things Russian and has a habit of spending money; and Lucien, who is into Spider Man and must testify before the state senate. Jack wants to help them, but he also thinks it is time to move on with his life. The hard part is trying to say goodbye to the guys he cares about. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

senate | social worker | golf | donut | testify | See more »

Taglines:

Sometimes being a little different means being a lot more wonderful.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Boys Next Door (#45.2)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the original stage show, Lucien's last name was "Smith" and not "Singer". See more »

Quotes

Sheila: Norman, guess what?
Norman Bulansky: What?
Sheila: I'm a orchid.
Norman Bulansky: Not me.
Sheila: Norman, what flower are you?
Norman Bulansky: An apple donut with raisins.
Sheila: That's nice. I'm a orchid.
[pause]
Sheila: Norman, can I have your keys?
Norman Bulansky: Oh boy, Sheila, I need my keys.
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

One of the end credits read, "Devon the hamster is alive and well... spending his hazardous duty pay". See more »

Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An excellent adaptation of a wonderful play
20 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In bringing Tom Griffin's touching play to the screen, director John Erman and his remarkable cast have brought warmth and respect to The Boys Next Door. It is clear that the team wanted to be faithful not only to Griffin's text, but also to the disabled community. Viewers can easily see that the artists are taking the job of crafting the comedy very seriously.

The performers in this talented ensemble bring great dignity to these characters. Courtney Vance is especially touching as Lucien, and challenges the audience's perceptions of the challenged in a moment of theatrical magic.

This movie is worth seeing by anyone who is looking for something more than simple laughs. While the movie is very funny, it also makes an important comment about the inherent worth of all people, regardless of their outward appearance of ability or disability.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where to find "The Boys Next Door"? acgemini
Hey can someone help me? tonton51391
Excellent performances dlevy1201
Discuss The Boys Next Door (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page