The boys: the sherman brothers' story

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gregory V. Sherman
Jeffrey C. Sherman
Produced by Gregory V. Sherman
Jeffrey C. Sherman
Stuart Cornfeld
Ben Stiller
Starring Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Music by Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Cinematography Richard Numeroff
Editing by Rich Evirs
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
Red Hour Films
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date(s)
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $55,513[1]

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story is a 2009 American documentary film about the Sherman Brothers (Richard M. and Robert B.) The film is directed and produced by their sons, Gregory V. Sherman and Jeff Sherman, and released through Walt Disney Pictures. Ben Stiller acted as executive producer for the film.[2]


The film deals with professional growth and estrangement between the Academy Award-winning music composing team through the years, who are best known for their up-beat Disney music. It contains interviews with family members and several individuals in the film industry, including actors such as Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke (who worked with the Sherman Brothers on Mary Poppins), producers (Roy E. Disney), fellow film composers (John Williams and Stephen Schwartz) and film critics (Leonard Maltin).



The film premiered at the 2009 San Francisco Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival in April 2009. It opened to limited release (three theaters) on 22 May 2009: the Metreon in San Francisco, the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York City, and the Landmark Regent Theatre in Los Angeles.

Critical reception

The Boys: the Sherman Brothers' Story received overall positive early reviews from both Disneyana fans,[3] and mainstream media outlets. As of October 2009, Rotten Tomatoes gives it a freshness rating of 93%.[4] The New York Times called it "an irresistible documentary portrait of the brothers made by their sons".[5] USA Today gave it three stars (out of four), stating it was "...a fascinating love story and moving tribute to Disney films, the joys of making music, the bonds of family and enduring partnerships."[6] The San Francisco Examiner gave it four stars, praising the candid interviews of the brothers;[7] while the San Francisco Chronicle called the film "an excellent film - entertaining and informative and sometimes stunning in its display of the personal demons shared by these two geniuses. "The Boys" is a loving tribute, but it's also like watching the plot of a William Faulkner novel played out in the middle of Disneyland."[8]

While The Hollywood Reporter praised the film, it believed that the box office potential was modest, as the film would only appeal to "film buffs, Disneyphiles and fans of wholesome film musicals."[9]

Box office

In its first weekend of release (May 22-24, 2009), it grossed $14,682 on five screens, with an estimated $2,292 per screen.[1]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Box Office Mojo
  • Metacritic
  • WDW Radio interview with Richard M. Sherman
  • Q: The Podcast for Thursday, 13 August 2009 Interview with Richard Sherman and producers Gregory Sherman and Jeff Sherman
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