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Lost in Yonkers (1993)

 -  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 storyline centers around two brothers as did Neil Simon's earlier Come Blow Your Horn (1963) did. The "Lost in Yonkers" play actually debuted almost exactly thirty years after the play of Come Blow Your Horn (1963) did. 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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Jay: Where would someone like Grandma hide her money?
Arty: You're not thinking of stealing it, are you?
Jay: No, but what if we just borrowed it? I'd just love to send Pop an envelope with $9,000.
Arty: Who would he think sent it to him... God?
Jay: No. He had an uncle in Poland who died. We can say he left the money to Pop in his will.
Arty: Jay, do you think the Germans would let some Jew in Poland send $9,000 to some Jew in Alabama?
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Now Voyager
Written by Max Steiner
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The best movie of the year!
14 August 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Neil Simon finally does some serious drama in this better than best movie. Although the movie is based mainly around the two boys, I believe the moral is how one individuals power can affect the lives and dreams of everyone else.

Although the movies ending was not a very happy one, it was nice to take a break from the routine "and they lived happily ever after" sort of ending. It's nice to have a not so nice ending in which most real life stories have.

The movie was very well planned out and the 1940's theme was very well detailed. Although the movie was nowhere near as good as the play, I still believe it's cast deserves a high rating.


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