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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

A clip from Charles A. Lindbergh (1927) is shown during the credits. See more »


Features Charlotte's Web (1973) See more »


Wild Willie
Words & Music by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Performed by Annette Funicello
Courtesy of Walt Disney Records
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A fascinating glimpse into fame and sibling relationships
13 August 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

We were fortunate to see this film here in Toronto last night in advance of its (I think only) theatrical release. Even more fortunate was the fact that the two directors/sons and Dick Sherman were in attendance and did Q&A afterwards. Dick even had a piano and played some of the brothers' songs, explaining, among other things, how the music of "Spoonful of Sugar" was written as a reflection of the character of Mary Poppins. I'm a bit of a curmudgeon and attended with my 18-year old daughter. We both had tears in our eyes on several occasions during the film and afterwards. How two brothers who are so different can work so successfully together for so many decades and yet never see one another outside their working hours is a remarkable story, simply and lovingly told. The film also provides some interesting insights into the Disney studio during its heyday.

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