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Lost in Yonkers (1993) Poster

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Based on Neil Simon's 1991 Pulitzer Prize winning play.
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Bella mentions having seen a film starring William Holden and Jean Arthur. The only film they starred in together was Arizona (1940) which came out in 1940.
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The film was made and released about two years after its source play of the same name by Neil Simon was first performed in 1991. The original Broadway production of "Lost in Yonkers" opened at the Richard Rogers Theater on 21st February 1991 and ran for 780 performances until 3rd January 1993. The play was nominated for five 1991 Tony Awards including the Best Play, Best Direction, Best Actress, Best Featured Actor and Best Featured Actress. Mercedes Ruehl and Irene Worth reprise their roles in the movie with Kevin Spacey as Louie, 'Lauren Klein' as Gert, Danny Gerard as Arty, Jamie Marsh as Jay, and 'Mark Blum' as Eddie. The play's setting according to the its intro is: "A two-bedroom apartment over Kurnitz's Kandy Store. Yonkers, NY. 1942".
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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.
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Second of two Neil Simon written films starring Richard Dreyfuss. The first was The Goodbye Girl (1977) for which Dreyfuss won the Best Actor Oscar (Academy Award).
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One of eleven movies made by writer Neil Simon and producer Ray Stark. The films, most made at Rastar Pictures with film studio Columbia, include Murder by Death (1976), The Cheap Detective (1978), California Suite (1978), Chapter Two (1979), The Sunshine Boys (1975), Seems Like Old Times (1980), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Slugger's Wife (1985), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986), Biloxi Blues (1988) and Lost in Yonkers (1993).
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The only ever Neil Simon written feature film directed by a woman.
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The character of Johnny (Bella's boyfriend) was an unseen character in the source "Lost in Yonkers" play by Neil Simon. In this film, the character has been realized, and is played by actor David Strathairn.
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Though based on his life, this film and its source play are not as autobiographical as Neil Simon's other works such as Chapter Two (1979), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2001) and his "Eugene Trilogy" (Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986), Biloxi Blues (1988) and Broadway Bound (1992)).
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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.
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The film's source "Lost in Yonkers" stage production was Neil Simon's twenty-seventh play.
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As customary for most of the filmed versions of his plays, playwright Neil Simon penned the screenplay for this movie of his 1991 play "Lost in Yonkers" which won had won four Tony Awards.
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Playing Jay, this was the only ever theatrical feature film of actor Brad Stoll, who sadly died of cancer at aged only 20 years in 1997. Stoll appeared in one other filmed production, and that was the TV series CityKids (1993).
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Mercedes Ruehl won the 1991 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Musical for "Lost in Yonkers" and recreated her role in the movie based on the play.
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The original Broadway theatre production of "Lost in Yonkers" was directed by actor-producer-director Gene Saks who was also nominated for a Tony Award for it. Saks directed the Simon written films The Odd Couple (1968), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986), Barefoot in the Park (1967), and Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972). Saks also co-starred in Simon's The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975).
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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.
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Final feature film produced by producer Ray Stark.
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The movie theatre that flashes "Bijou" on the vertical Marquee is, in reality, the Murphy Theatre on Main Street in Wilmington, Ohio which was one of the shooting locations for the movie. The Murphy is a fully restored 769 seat venue.
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First film cut on an AVID Film Composer.
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Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" play originated as a thirty-five page draft which was called "Louie the Gangster".
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The "Yonkers" of the title refers to the fourth most populated city in the American state of New York State.
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