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The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)

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A documentary about Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman -- aka The Sherman Brothers -- the Academy Award and Grammy-winning songwriters.


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A documentary about Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman -- aka The Sherman Brothers -- the Academy Award and Grammy-winning songwriters.

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Brothers, Partners, Strangers



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements, smoking images and brief language


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Release Date:

24 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Boys: L'histoire des frères Sherman  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$19,875 (USA) (22 May 2009)


$54,852 (USA) (4 September 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert B. Sherman: [talking about Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers] She was such a witch.
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Crazy Credits

Two "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" clips are shown. One features Randy Newman trying to say it, and the other John Lasseter saying it backwards. See more »


References Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989) See more »


Bout Time
Words & Music by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Courtesy of Walt Disney Records
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Very enjoyable...
27 February 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the third Disney documentary I've seen in the last couple months (this includes this film, "Walt and El Groupo" and "Waking Sleeping Beauty") and all three were enjoyable bits of nostalgia. However, unlike these other two films, the Shermans were most famous for their work but they wrote music for a wide variety of projects--not just ones for that studio.

The film begins in a way that took my by surprise. Apparently it was made by one of Bob Sherman's sons and one of Dick Sherman's sons. Neither knew each other and their families never really interacted--despite their fathers being brothers and long-time writing partners! Now that is weird and caught my attention, as it seems that over the years the two became more and more estranged from each other and were so unalike. What follows is a nice nostalgic look at these men and their lives and shows the many ways in which their music has shaped films and our culture.

The film is well made, fascinating and great for Disney fans and non-fans. While not as amazingly good as "Waking Sleeping Beauty", it is some documentary.

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