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The People Next Door ()


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Drama outlining the mundane life and problems of a typical New York City suburban family at the onset of the 1970s.

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Arthur Mason
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Gerrie Mason
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Maxie Mason
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Artie Mason
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David Hoffman
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Tina Hoffman
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Sandy Hoffman
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Della
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Dr. Salazar
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Dr. Margolin
Sandy Alexander ...
Elliott
Anthony D. Call ...
Dr. Lauran (as Anthony Call)
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Nurse
John Batiste ...
Therapist
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Discotheque Waitress
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Wally
Jane Culley ...
Nymphomaniac
Anita Dangler ...
Blonde Mother
Paul Ganapoler ...
Club Owner
Steve Kanyon ...
Party Musician
Joseph Leon ...
Price Whitehead
Ron Panvini ...
Party Musician
Bobby Sandler ...
Party Musician
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Night Nurse (as Jan Sarno)
Jay Savino ...
Party Musician
Bruce Scott ...
Jack
Philip Suriano ...
Motorcycle Gang Member
Ben Yaffee ...
Discotheque Owner

Directed by

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David Greene

Written by

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J.P. Miller ... (screenplay)
 
J.P. Miller ... (based upon an original story by)

Produced by

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Herbert Brodkin ... producer
Kenneth Utt ... associate producer

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Don Sebesky

Cinematography by

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Gordon Willis ... director of photography

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Arline Garson

Editorial Department

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Brian Smedley-Aston ... supervising film editor

Production Design by

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Charles Bailey

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John Jay Moore

Set Decoration by

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Richard Adee

Costume Design by

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Ann Roth

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Robert Laden ... makeup artist
Harold Melvin ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Paul Ganapoler ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Terence A. Donnelly ... assistant director (as Terry Donnelly)
Dwight Williams ... dga trainee (uncredited)

Art Department

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Walter Stocklin ... property master (as Wally Stocklin)
Jules Wollock ... head carpenter

Sound Department

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Jack Fitzstephens ... sound editor
Christopher Newman ... sound (as Chris Newman)
Stephen Fitzstephens ... foley artist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Michael Chapman ... camera operator (as Mike Chapman)
Dusty Wallace ... chief electrician
Robert Ward ... key grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Joseph W. Dehn ... wardrobe supervisor
Florence Foy ... wardrobe supervisor

Music Department

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Don Sebesky ... conductor

Other crew

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Nancy Hopton ... script supervisor (as Nancy Norman Tonnery)
Kathrin King Segal ... body double: Deborah Winters

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Comfortable New York suburbanites Arthur and Gerrie Mason discover one night that their seemingly perfect 16-year old daughter, Maxie has been tripping on LSD. Arthur, a smug, bullying braggart, immediately suspects his 17-year old (long-haired) son, Artie of supplying the drug to his sister, and immediately kicks him out of the house. Whereupon (suitably) confused Harris runs next door to seek advice from high school principal David Hoffman whose wife, Tina is an alcoholic, and whose son Sandy has his own problems. Very sensibly, he advises love and understanding on the part of the parents, which all but goes out the window when Maxie confesses she has been tripping for quite a while now, is also sexually active and on the pill. Meanwhile, she just keeps getting worse--she's found by her father high on cocaine and in bed with a biker. From there, it's straight to family therapy where, among other things, it's revealed that Dad is having an affair with his lusty secretary and Mom knew it all the time. After another lamentably useless therapy session, the Masons decide to throw a party which comes to an abrupt halt when one of the hired musicians is discovered puffing pot. Maxie then gets hold of more LSD, does a nude dance on her lawn and trips herself into a mental hospital. The sight of her near-catatonic daughter in this horrible place drives Mom right to bed, where she remains until the film's climax. Written by phillindholm

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Taglines A movie as American as Mom's apple pie, Daddy's Scotch-on-the-rocks and little Maxie's hang-ups. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Juventud pervertida (Spain)
  • En glimt av helvetet (Sweden)
  • L'uomo della porta accanto (Italy)
  • Vecinii din casa alăturată (Romania)
  • Los vecinos de la casa de al lado (Peru)
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  • 93 min
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Trivia David Greene thought that the final cut of the film was so distorted that he tried, without success, to have his name removed from the credits. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Classroom Scare Films Vol. 5: More Drug Evils (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Mama, Don't You Wait Up for Me See more »

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