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The Boys Next Door (1996)

Jack Palmer is a social worker whose job has taken precedence over his personal life. Mainly, his job is to help four mentally challenged men live regular lives in a home. They consist of: ... See full summary »

Director:

John Erman

Writers:

Tom Griffin (play), William Blinn (teleplay)
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Nathan Lane ... Norman Bulansky
Robert Sean Leonard ... Barry Klemper
Tony Goldwyn ... Jack Palmer
Michael Jeter ... Arnold Wiggins
Courtney B. Vance ... Lucien P. Singer
Mare Winningham ... Sheila
Elizabeth Wilson ... Mary Fremus
Richard Jenkins ... Bob Klemper
Lynne Thigpen ... Mrs. Tracy
Caroline Aaron ... Mrs. Warren
Michael Hogan ... Dr. Racine
Laura Bertram ... Cashier
Martha Burns
George R. Robertson ... Senator Warren Clarke
Jenny Robertson ... Rena Palmer
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Storyline

Jack Palmer is a social worker whose job has taken precedence over his personal life. Mainly, his job is to help four mentally challenged men live regular lives in a home. They consist of: Norman, who works at a donut shop and has a thing for keys; Barry, who thinks he is a golf pro and doesn't communicate well with his father; Arnold, who is into all things Russian and has a habit of spending money; and Lucien, who is into Spider Man and must testify before the state senate. Jack wants to help them, but he also thinks it is time to move on with his life. The hard part is trying to say goodbye to the guys he cares about. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Taglines:

Sometimes being a little different means being a lot more wonderful.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Boys Next Door (#45.2) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This Hallmark Enyertainment presentation is based on the play "The Boys Next Door" by the late Tom Griffin that premiered in the late '80s. See more »

Quotes

Norman Bulansky: Hello, my name is Norman Bulansky, welcome to my home.
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Crazy Credits

One of the end credits read, "Devon the hamster is alive and well... spending his hazardous duty pay". See more »

Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Sorry Folks - it stinks
25 September 2005 | by CopskennelSee all my reviews

I usually LOVE Hallmark movies but I gotta tell ya that this was one of the most disappointing and no doubt the dumbest movie I ever saw. In the first place, movies about mentally challenged people should be very carefully and sensitively cast. In my opinion, "I Am Sam" starring Sean Penn is cast properly as well as "Bill" starring Mickey Rooney. Penn & Rooney were very convincing. "The Boys Next Door" was more like a lengthy Three Stooges episode. It was pure slapstick. Further, I don't know why in the world they had to make Mare Winningham look so ridiculous. I've never seen a mentally challenged person look as goofy as they made her up to look. I couldn't eat my popcorn - she was so nauseating. It was pathetic. Absolutely pathetic.


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