The People Next Door (1970) - Rotten Tomatoes

The People Next Door (1970)





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In this socially-conscious drama, suburban parents are appalled to discover their sweet teen-aged daughter is tripping on LSD. The parents watch their girl go deeper and deeper into the world of drugs. In desperation, they hospitalize her. It is later revealed that the pusher is the squeaky-clean boy next door.

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Eli Wallach
as Arthur Mason
Julie Harris
as Gerrie Mason
Deborah Winters
as Maxie Mason
Stephen McHattie
as Artie Mason
Hal Holbrook
as David Hoffman
Cloris Leachman
as Tina Hoffman
Don Scardino
as Sandy Hoffman
Nehemiah Persoff
as Dr. Salazar
Mike Kellin
as Dr. Margolin
Anthony Call
as Dr. Lauran
Joseph Leon
as Price Whitehead
Anita Dangler
as Blonde Mother
Bobby Sandler
as Party Musician
Bead Game
as Artie's Group
Steve Kanyon
as Party Musician
Ron Panvini
as Party Musician
Jan Sarno
as Night Nurse
Paul Ganapoler
as Club Owner
Marilyn Chris
as Discotheque Waitress
Ben Yaffee
as Discotheque Owner
John Batiste
as Therapist
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Critic Reviews for The People Next Door

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (2)

Whatever value it has in encompassing the size of its awesome problem is pretty much negated by an ending which glibly suggests all would have been well if the girl bad been given a good hiding years before.

June 8, 2020 | Full Review…

It's the best movie so far about parents, kids and drugs, and probably the best we're likely to get.

July 2, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The People Next Door

Lame. And I think the confrontation scene at the beginning of the movie never actually happens at the end? (Unless I got so brain dead I nodded off!). This is either a lifetime movie, or just plays like one. The story and message are familiar. A single mum moves away from a bad relationship with her three school aged daughters and starts over. We know she's made some bad choices as her own mother seems to be reasonably well off for money and disapproving of her life. The bad choices aren't delved into too deeply, but I would take a stab at inappropriate men and maybe alcohol. Any rate, she's pulled herself together, and moved to a grotty house with the kids in rags. Early on she meets her neighbours. A too good to be true couple who can't have children and take a liking to hers. Initially it is all great. The couple spoil the girls and babysit so she can work, then slowly things start to get out of hand ending in the abduction of the two youngest girls (the older one resists). I actually don't mind the odd lifetime movie. Usually the thrillers are so bad they are a laugh. This one is just bad. Fails to convince, washed out to look at, predictable characters. Even the acting is noting great.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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