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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 ... Self (as Philly Wohl)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zero Mostel ... Self
Christine O'Connor Christine O'Connor ... Self
Frances Reiss Frances Reiss ... Self - Philly's Sister
Ira Wohl Ira Wohl ... Self
Max Wohl Max Wohl ... Self
Pearl Wohl Pearl Wohl ... Self
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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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Max Wohl: I'm hungry.
Pearl Wohl: So eat.
Max Wohl: I'm eating.
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If I Were a Rich Man
Written by Jerry Bock
Performed by Zero Mostel
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For any parents or sibling of a mentally-challenged individual, "Best Boy" will prove not just an emotional triumph, but a necessity.
2 August 2002 | by cshockcSee all my reviews

"Best Boy" is one of the loveliest, most heartbreaking yet life-affirming documentaries ever filmed. When I saw it with a group of special education teachers in the early 1990s--teachers who knew students just like Philly and taught them day in and day out--there was not a dry eye in the house. "Best Boy" touches the heart and establishes that the greatest "need" for special people is their liberation from pampering and being spoon-fed, and ultimately being self-sufficient. It also asks the all important question of parents: Are you there for your child (even if the child is nearing 50), or is the "child" there for you? An exceptionally moving film-going experience. If you don't cry while watching this touching real-life story, then you might want to check your pulse.


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2 April 1981 (Australia) See more »

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