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Neighbors (1981)

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A quiet man's peaceful suburban lifestyle is threatened by the new, obnoxious couple that moves in next door.


John G. Avildsen


Thomas Berger (novel), Larry Gelbart (screenplay)
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
John Belushi ... Earl Keese
Kathryn Walker ... Enid Keese
Cathy Moriarty ... Ramona
Dan Aykroyd ... Vic
Igors Gavon Igors Gavon ... Chic
Dru-Ann Chuckran Dru-Ann Chuckran ... Chic's Wife
Tim Kazurinsky ... Pa Greavy
Tino Insana ... Perry Greavy
P.L. Brown ... Police Officer #1
Henry Judd Baker ... Police Officer #2
Lauren-Marie Taylor Lauren-Marie Taylor ... Elaine Keese
Sherman G. Lloyd Sherman G. Lloyd ... Fireman #1 (DOC) (as Sherman Lloyd)
Bert Kittel Bert Kittel ... Fireman #2
J.B. Friend J.B. Friend ... Additional Fireman
Bernie Friedman Bernie Friedman ... Additional Fireman


One man's quiet suburban life takes a sickening lurch for the worse when a young couple move into the deserted house next door. From the word go it is obvious these are not the quiet professional types who *should* be living in such a nice street. As more and more unbelievable events unfold, our hero starts to question his own sanity... and those of his family. Written by Brad Jackson

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In a not-too-distant suburb, on a very quiet street . . . Earl Keese, a man who leads a routine suburban life, sits calmly waiting for his dinner. Little does he know - This may be his last home-cooked meal . . . For somewhere in time and space exists a world, a comic nightmare world, where anything can happen. A world that this reserved, hardworking homeowner is about to enter. In the next 24 hours he will experience things that he has never experienced before and leave behind things he will never experience again and somehow his life will never be the same. For Earl Keese is about to meet . . . The Neighbors. See more »




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Did You Know?


John Belushi's ongoing drug problems were another impediment to the production. Belushi relapsed heavily into his addictive ways during the making of the film and indeed died of a drug overdose less than four months after the film was released. See more »


As Vic and Ramona pull away in Earl's car near the end of the film (at the 1 hour 26 minute mark), a set light can be seen reflected in the rear side window. See more »


Vic: [aiming a shotgun at Earl] Now you take back that cup you keep switching, Earl. Or it'll be pump city.
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Alternate Versions

The movie's original cut had a very dark ending with Earl getting killed, but the studio re-edited the film with a happy ending with Earl leaving home and joining Vic and Ramona on their adventures. See more »


The Twilight Zone Theme
Music by Marius Constant
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If Vic and Ramona move in next door, prepare for change.
27 December 1998 | by chaz-18See all my reviews

Belushi and Aykroyd team up for a dark comedy unlike any I've seen.

Earl (Belushi) is quietly living his life in the suburbs with his wife and daughter, but it takes a decided turn for the worse when a lunatic (Aykroyd) and his wife move in next door.

Earl's life is turned into a nonsensical nightmare by the new couple; Vic tells nonstop lies about everything including whether his 'home-made' spaghetti sauce came from a jar and if the spaghetti is from a non-existent Italian restaurant while his wife Ramona (Cathy Moriarty) alternately seduces and blackmails Earl. Particularly funny is the segment in which Earl tries to sneak out in the middle of the night for a rendezvous with Ramona, only to be caught by Vic, who is awake, on his rooftop, and wearing scuba gear.

I didn't really care for this movie the first time I saw it, because almost nothing made any sense. Now, it's one of the few movies I've purchased. I suppose it's an acquired taste, but don't give up too quickly on it. After all, Belushi isn't making any new ones, is he?

ps- Great musical score! No instruments lend themselves to bizarre going-ons quite as readily as a trombone and kazoo.

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English | German

Release Date:

18 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,481,386, 20 December 1981

Gross USA:


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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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