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
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won the 1991 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actress in a Drama for "Lost in Yonkers" and recreated her role in the movie. See more
The movie is supposedly set in 1942 but some of the cars seen in the movie are post World War II models. For example, when Bella is hanging up laundry out in the yard. See more
I wanna join the Army.
The Army? *Our* Army?
Yeah! But they wouldn't take me. I couldn't pass the, the - hatever they give you I couldn't pass.
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Written by Max Steiner
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