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In this documentary, the director follows the day-to-day activities of his retarded, middle-aged cousin Philly, over a three-year period.

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Ira Wohl

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Credited cast:
Philip Wohl Philip Wohl ... Himself (as Philly Wohl)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zero Mostel ... Himself
Christine O'Connor Christine O'Connor ... Herself
Frances Reiss Frances Reiss ... Herself - Philly's Sister
Ira Wohl Ira Wohl ... Himself
Max Wohl Max Wohl ... Himself
Pearl Wohl Pearl Wohl ... Herself
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Director Ira Wohl documents three years in the life of her cheerful, mentally handicapped 52-year-old cousin, Philip Wohl, whose elderly parents have recently started to prepare him for the day when they can no longer be his caretakers. Ira follows Philly as he travels from his apartment in Queens into Manhattan, where he takes classes to learn to care for himself. Slowly, Philly begins to learn the ways of the world and becomes more self-reliant and independent. Written by Jwelch5742

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English | Hebrew

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2 April 1981 (Australia) See more »

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El mejor de los muchachos See more »

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Quotes

Max Wohl: I'm hungry.
Pearl Wohl: So eat.
Max Wohl: I'm eating.
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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If I Were a Rich Man
Written by Jerry Bock
Performed by Zero Mostel
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Let's cheer Philly on.
29 January 1999 | by mifunesamuraiSee all my reviews

Heartfelt doco on a 52 year old retarded man, Philly, whose parents have kept him to themselves. This doco explores Philly's new life as he makes contact with the outside world and the relationship he has with his parents who both pass away during the making of this doco.


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