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Neighbors (1981)

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

Director:

John G. Avildsen

Writers:

Thomas Berger (novel), Larry Gelbart (screenplay)

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Cast

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 ... 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
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Storyline

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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John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are at it again! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

18 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die verrückten Nachbarn See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$29,916,207
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Romona offers oral sex to Earl Keese, the chorus providing the soundtrack to the scene can be heard chanting the word "come" over and over again. However when Earl hears his wife the choir begins chanting "Oh no". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Pa Greavy: Well, I hear you got a whore in there.
Earl Keese: Who told you that?
Pa Greavy: That's what I heard.
Earl Keese: Well, you heard wrong.
Pa Greavy: You ain't got a whore in there?
Earl Keese: No.
Pa Greavy: Wouldn't know where I could find one?
Earl Keese: Of course not!
Pa Greavy: One shows up, let me know?
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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 »

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The Twilight Zone Theme
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Despite the bad critical reception, a gem of a film
11 October 1999 | by phil-257See all my reviews

A plot synopsis here would be something of a waste of time, as one or more already appear on this site, but I felt some comments might attract another viewer to this unique film. The movie was very poorly received upon its release, by critics and audience alike. Many fans of Belushi and Aykroyd did not take to their reversal of what was typically their typecasts: here Belushi plays the straight man against Aykroyd's lunatic, which is what I beleive makes the movie so incredibly funny.

On another note: when watching this film, give some attention to the soundtrack, brilliantly done by Bill Conti. The soundtrack, which would probably not work with any other movie, fits Neighbors perfectly. Using the Wagnerian technique of leitmotives, Conti assigns themes to each character: Earl is portrayed by some "shlub" music on bass trombone, Vic gets an eerie theremin melody, Ramona's appearances are always underscored by a sultry saxophone, and native american drums accompany Earl's wife Enid. The way the music underlines the drama is hard to describe without sounding like it cheaply "mickey-mouses" the actions onscreen, so I will forgo an in-depth analysis.

Suffice to say: great movie, brilliant soundtrack.


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