The Neighborhood (1982)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Message Movie  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Based on a story by Jimmy Breslin, The Neighborhood takes place in an all-white, blue collar neighborhood in an unspecified big city. A "blockbuster" real estate agent begins selling houses to black families (among the new neighbors is recent Oscar nominee Howard Rollins Jr.), resulting in mixed emotions (most of them leaning towards hostility) from the white residents. There are isolated incidents of terrorism, including a burning cross, before wiser heads prevail and the neighbors learn to live together in harmony. The nicer white residents include Christine Belford and Ron Masak, playing the sort of altruistic types that seem to exist exclusively in TV movies. The contrived upbeat ending of The Neighborhood is a sure giveaway that the film was intended as the pilot for a weekly series.



neighbor, cross-cultural-relations, family, friendship, home, middle-class, pressure, racial-tension, racism, slice-of-life, suburbs, tension