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
Irene Worth 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 »
Early in the movie when Bella is crossing the street, the movie marquee in the background has the name "Bijou" in the changeable part where the movie titles would/are displayed but above, where the real name of the theater is displayed vertically, it clearly ends in the letter "Y". See more »
[impersonating his Aunt Gert]
Well, hello Jay. How are you? How's your father, and
[sucking in as he speaks]
*how's your little brother Arty?*
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"Lost In Yonkers" was a nice blend of comedy and drama. Until watching it for the second time, I didn't even recognize Richard Dreyfuss to be the 'Uncle Louie' character, but I did know him by his voice. He played QUITE a character: An extremely stylish, offbeat criminal with a sense of humor.
The main character, 'Bella', was 'slow', according to her domineering mother. She was a delightful young woman who was loved by her nephews, siblings, and all those who knew her. Bella was ready to have a life on her own--the problem being--her Mom.
I really enjoyed this nostalgic, WWII era, movie. I recommend it to audiences of all ages.
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