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Lost in Yonkers (1993)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  14 May 1993 (USA)
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In the summer of 1942 two young boys are sent to stay with their stern grandmother Kurnitz and their childlike aunt Bella in Yonkers, New York.

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Louie Kurnitz
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Irene Worth ...
Grandma Kurnitz
Brad Stoll ...
Jay
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Arty
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Robert Miranda ...
Hollywood Harry (as Robert Guy Miranda)
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Eddie
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Gert
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Harry's Crony
Calvin Stillwell ...
Gas Station Attendant
Dick Hagerman ...
Truck Driver
Jesse Vincent ...
Danny
Howard Newstate ...
Kid in Store
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Cop
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In 1942 in the Bronx, Evelyn Kurnitz has just passed away following a lengthy illness. Her husband, Eddie Kurnitz, needs to take a job as a traveling salesman to pay off the medical bills incurred, and decides to ask his stern and straight talking mother, from who he is slightly estranged, if his two early-teen sons, Jay and Arty (who their Grandma call by their full given names, Yakob and Arthur), can live with her and their Aunt Bella Kurnitz in Yonkers. She reluctantly agrees after a threat by Bella. Despite their Grandma owning and operating a candy store, Jay and Arty don't like their new living situation as they're afraid of their Grandma, and find it difficult to relate to their crazy Aunt Bella, whose slow mental state is manifested by perpetual excitability and a short attention span, which outwardly comes across as a childlike demeanor. Into their collective lives returns one of Eddie and Bella's other siblings, Louie Kurnitz, a henchman for some gangsters. He is hiding out ... Written by Huggo

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The "Yonkers" of the title refers to the fourth most populated city in the American state of New York State. See more »

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Even though window air conditioners were sold as early as 1938, mass production, which lowered the cost, didn't occur until after World War II. It is highly unlikely that a house in Yonkers would have had two as we see when the gangsters get out of their car and walk to the store as Bella is making her "Johnny" announcement. See more »

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Aunt Bella: Do ya, do you know what color my eyes are, Johnny?
Johnny: No, what?
Aunt Bella: You're lookin' right at 'em.
Johnny: Oh, uh. I'm a little color blind.
Aunt Bella: You have beautiful eyes.
Johnny: Naw. Men don't have beautiful eyes.
Aunt Bella: Oh, yes, they do. Don't tell me. Wanta kiss me?
Johnny: Yeah. Yeah I do, I really would.
Aunt Bella: Then, kiss me.
Johnny: I will.
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A Comedy That Will Make You Cry
15 September 2012 | by (Glastonbury, UK) – See all my reviews

I've lost count of how many times I've seen this movie. It's one of my favorites, and I know I'll return to it again and again, especially when I feel the need to "feel something." The story is ostensibly about the adventures of two young boys left in the care of their hostile grandmother who owns a candy store and their run-ins with their gangster-uncle and their allegedly mentally challenged Aunt Bella. But for me, childlike Aunt Bella, brilliantly portrayed by Mercedes Ruehl, really steals the show. In spite of her reputation for being dim-witted, she displays an extraordinary depth of perception regarding the motivations of the other characters and the emotional courage to accept them with all their limitations. One of the most poignant moments in the movie for me is where the grandmother, who has suffered so much loss in her life, and prides herself on never having shed a tear in spite of all this loss, finally has the chance to be vulnerable. Does she take the chance? You'll have to watch the movie to find out!


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