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Best Boy (Disc 1 of 2) (1979)
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Starring: Frances Reiss, Max Wohl, Pearl Wohl, Philip Wohl
Director: Ira Wohl
Category: Drama, Documentary
Studio: New Video DVD
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Length:
191 mins

 
 

 

A Film By Ira Wohl

Best Boy
One of the most highly acclaimed documentaries of all time, the Academy Award-winning Best Boy is a profoundly touching story of love, overwhelming courage, and human dignity.

In a style that is both sensitive and engaging, Best Boy follows Philly Wohl, a cheerful and lovable 52-year-old man who's been mentally handicapped since birth and still lives with his parents. When his cousin, filmmaker Ira Wohl, questions what will happen to Philly once his elderly parents can no longer care for him, the family embarks on a mission to help Philly become more independent. At once funny and heartbreaking, this inspirational record of Philly's mental and personal development follows the Wohl family as they prepare Philly for entrance into the wider world. And as they set about to change his life, so changed are the lives and relationships of the entire family, as their "Best Boy" ultimately proves that it is possible to overcome any obstacle no matter how insurmountable it might seem.

Best Man
In this award-winning follow-up to Best Boy, Ira Wohl revisits Philly 20 years later after we last saw him. Now 70 years old and living in a group home, Philly has progressed greatly in his ability to care for himself. He takes classes, has found a beloved set of friends, visits Los Angeles to spend time with Ira, and prepares for a new rite of passage: his Bar Mitzvah. Defying all the odds and reaffirming our belief in the power of human determination, Philly Wohl has truly evolved from "Best Boy" into "Best Man."