Neighbors (Original screenplay for the 1981 film). Avildsen (director); Thomas Berger (novel); Larry Gelbart (screenwriter); John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cathy Moriarty, Kathryn Walker (starring) Title: Neighbors (Original screenplay for the 1981 film) Publication: Culver City, CA: Columbia Pictures, 1981. Description: Draft script for the 1981 film.
Script belonging to sound mixer Les Lazarowitz, with his name in holograph ink on the title page, and three pages of annotations in holograph marker and ink with reference to sound work laid in. Also laid in is a separate Sound EFX Breakdown with sections underlined in holograph marker. Based on Thomas Berger's 1980 novel, John G. Avildsen's pitch-black dark comedy about suburban life starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd had a difficult production and a less than ideal reception, but as is the often the case, the film became a cult favorite.
Belushi and Aykroyd play against type, Belushi being the ineffectual, suburbanite husband and father Earl Keese, and Aykroyd the obnoxious, menacing Vic Zeck, who moves in next door with his femme fatale wife Ramona (Cathy Moriarty). Together, the new neighbors proceed to wreak havoc on the Keese's lives. Belushi's last film, as he would die from an accidental drug overdose less than three months after the film's release. Set in and shot on location in Staten Island, New York.
Red Studio Duplicating Service, inc. Vinyl wrapper with title on affixed label.Title page present, dated April 9, 1981, with credits for director John G. 101 leaves, with last page of text numbered 99. Pages Very Good plus, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads. "Sound EFX Breakdown" 8.5 x 14 inches. Carlson and Connolly, Destroy All Movies. Subject: 1980s Cinema, Comedy, Exploitation, Film Scripts, Horror.
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