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Lost in Yonkers (1993)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 14 May 1993 (USA)
In the summer of 1942, two young boys are sent to stay with their stern grandmother and their childlike aunt 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)
Jack Laufer ...
Eddie
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Gert
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Calvin Stillwell ...
Gas Station Attendant
Dick Hagerman ...
Truck Driver
Jesse Vincent ...
Danny
Howard Newstate ...
Kid in Store
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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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Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language | See all certifications »
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$9,285,189 (USA)
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Appearing in this movie were actresses Mercedes Ruehl and Irene Worth who both appeared in the Broadway stage play of "Lost in Yonkers" where they both won Tony Awards for their performances. See more »

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When Bella is making the deluxe hot fudge sundaes for the boys, one of the cherries rolls off the top of the whipped cream but, when she sets the sundaes on the counter in front of the boys, both cherries are on top of the whipped cream. See more »

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Aunt Bella: You guys have to promise not to tell grandma! Jay?
Jay: I promise.
Aunt Bella: Arty?
Arty: She and I have very short conversations.
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Written by Max Steiner
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Most Underrated Film of All-Time
11 May 2006 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

After a triumphant run on Broadway, the film adaptation of "Lost In Yonkers" was completely snubbed at all of the major film awards ceremonies. Neil Simon's classic is brilliantly written and the direction is so simple, yet very subtle. But what really makes the film work is the performances. Dreyfuss is no Kevin Spacey, but does what he can with the role. The two boys are played expertly by their respective actors. Irene Worth reprises her Tony-award winning role and I thank god for that. She is spectacular as the stern grandmother.

But the stand-out here is Mercedes Ruehl. The woman delivers one of the most underrated performances in film history as Aunt Bella. She won a Tony, why no Oscar? Seriously, she is *that* good. Ruehl delivers such a magnificent performance as the slightly disturbed woman. She really should have two Oscars on her mantle.

GRADE: A ACTING: A WRITING: A+ DIRECTING: B MVP: RUEHL


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