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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.

Director:

Ira Wohl

Writer:

Ira Wohl
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

2 April 1981 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

El mejor de los muchachos See more »

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Mono

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Color
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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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Excellent
25 October 2002 | by ahaldemaSee all my reviews

This is an excellent film about the heartbreaking as well as the inspirational decisions that can and need to be made in life. Pearl's emotions (her happiness and especially her heartbreak) and the way they are captured not only by Wohl but by McDonough make this film a true masterpiece. I would recomend this to anyone, and its sad to see it has such a low rating on the database.

"Best Man", however, was not such an incredible film, and only when it is shown in conjunction with "Best Boy" could it garner any merit. The first fifteen minutes in particular seem to present Wohl as incredibly egocentric given the topic and situation of the film, and I truly wish I had not seen them.


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