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Neighbors
     

Neighbors

Director: John G. Avildsen, John Belushi, Kathryn Walker, Cathy Moriarty

Cast: John G. Avildsen, John Belushi, Kathryn Walker, Cathy Moriarty

 

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No one knows what evil lurks with the folks next door in this black comedy. Earl Keese (John Belushi) is a middle-aged suburbanite whose life is dull and uneventful, and that's just the way he likes it, though his wife, Enid (Kathryn Walker), isn't quite so happy. Earl soon learns that a new couple has just moved into the house next door, loudly leisure-suited Vic

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No one knows what evil lurks with the folks next door in this black comedy. Earl Keese (John Belushi) is a middle-aged suburbanite whose life is dull and uneventful, and that's just the way he likes it, though his wife, Enid (Kathryn Walker), isn't quite so happy. Earl soon learns that a new couple has just moved into the house next door, loudly leisure-suited Vic (Dan Aykroyd) and sexy Ramona (Cathy Moriarty). Earl is at once thrilled and terrified when Ramona unexpectedly attempts to seduce him, and he is quite puzzled when Vic and Ramona stop by for dinner the following evening and Ramona angrily accuses Earl of trying to take advantage of her. After an argument, Vic offers to make peace by buying dinner from a take-out restaurant. When Earl spies Vic cooking the meal in his kitchen a few minutes later, he realizes that his new neighbors are playing some sort of game with him, though he's not sure what or why. Neighbors marked the third and final screen pairing of Saturday Night Live stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd; Belushi died of a drug overdose three months after the film's release.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Director John G. Avildsen's deliberate miscasting of Saturday Night Live legends Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi was greeted with skepticism and piddling box-office receipts upon Neighbors' release in 1981. Years removed from its belly flop, however, the black comedy -- uneven as it is -- stands as a testament to Belushi's skill, proving that he could play a seething, constipated suburbanite as well as he could command attention as a loose-cannon hedonist. Blessed with a devious script by Tootsie scribe Larry Gelbart, Neighbors provides an effective, if self-satisfied, swipe at settling down, and it doesn't lose the courage of its satirical convictions, as proved by the film's blessedly ironic denouement. Unfortunately, Aykroyd makes a particularly enervating thorn in Belushi's side, and Avildsen tends to play up the slapstick set pieces at the expense of the film's more low-key material (the kind Belushi excels at in the opening scenes). Stunt-casting comedies like this always derive their laughs from the tension of watching an unnaturally bottled-up lead performer and waiting for the inevitable eruption. But, in Neighbors, Belushi disappears so completely into his role, it's almost disappointing to watch him flip his lid.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2011
UPC:
0043396387720
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank:
45,350

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Belushi Earl Keese
Kathryn Walker Enid Keese
Cathy Moriarty Ramona
Dan Aykroyd Vic
Igors Gavon Chic
Dru-Ann Chukron His Wife
Lauren Taylor Elaine Keese
Tim Kazurinsky Pa Greavy
Tino Insana Perry Greavy
P.J. Brown Police
Dale Two Eagle Thundersky
Sherman G. Lloyd Fireman
Henry Judd Baker Police Officer
Bert Kittel 2nd Fireman
J.B. Friend Additional Fireman
Bernie Friedman Additional Fireman
Edward S. Kotkin Additional Fireman

Technical Credits
John G. Avildsen Director
Yudi Bennett Asst. Director
John Boxer Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernie Brillstein Executive Producer
David Brown Producer
Bill Conti Score Composer
Larry Gelbart Screenwriter
Gerald Hirschfeld Cinematographer
Jane Kurson Editor
Peter Larkin Production Designer
George Manasse Production Manager
Michael Thomas Makeup
Thomas Tonery Set Decoration/Design
Richard D. Zanuck Producer

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