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The Boys Next Door (1996)

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 »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Barry Klemper
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Jack Palmer
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Mary Fremus
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Bob Klemper
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Mrs. Tracy
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Mrs. Warren
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Dr. Racine
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Cashier
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Senator Warren Clarke
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Rena Palmer
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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>

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

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG for thematic elements

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4 February 1996 (USA)  »

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

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Trivia

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

Quotes

Lucien P. Singer: I stand before you a middle-aged man in an uncomfortable suit, a man whose capacity for rational thought is somewhere between a five-year-old and an oyster.
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Lucien P. Singer: I am retarded. I am damaged. I am sick inside from so many years of confusion, utter and profound confusion. I am mystified by faucets and radios and elevators and newspapers and popular songs. I cannot always remember the names of my parents. But I will not go away. And I will not wither because the cage is too small. I am here to ...
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Crazy Credits

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

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

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An excellent adaptation of a wonderful play
20 January 2005 | by 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.


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