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Unstrung Heroes (1995)

Steven Lidz, unhappy with his home life since his mother got sick, goes and lives with his two crazy Uncles. There he changes and gets closer to his Uncles, but his parents want him home ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Selma Lidz
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Sid Lidz
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Danny Lidz
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Arthur Lidz
Nathan Watt ...
Steven / Franz Lidz
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May
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Amelia
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Lindquist
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Joanie (as Candy Azzara)
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Sandy Lidz
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Ash (as Joey Andrews)
Lillian Adams ...
Aunt Estelle
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Uncle Melvin
Sumer Stamper ...
Nancy Oppenheim
Sean P. Donahue ...
Ralph Crispi (as Sean Donahue)

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Steven Lidz, unhappy with his home life since his mother got sick, goes and lives with his two crazy Uncles. There he changes and gets closer to his Uncles, but his parents want him home even though he is finally happy and popular. Written by Todd Weiser <nceppjrw@pop.flash.net>

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Sometimes you find your heroes in the most unlikely places.

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22 September 1995 (USA)  »

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$7,929,241 (USA)
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Trivia

Henry Winkler auditioned for the role of Danny Lidz. He arrived in character and in full costume. See more »

Quotes

Sid Lidz: He doesn't know what he believes. My brothers filled him with all that junk.
[refering to his son reading the Torah]
Sid Lidz: .
Selma Lidz: Maybe they're right for once. What would you know? You work ten hours a day and then you lock yourself in that workshop. What do you know about the world? Maybe there is a God, or maybe some of us want to believe there is.
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References Fahrenheit 451 (1966) See more »

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L'Internationale
Written by Pierre Degeyter and Eugène Pottier (as Eugene Pottier)
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Paradise Retained!
16 September 2000 | by (India) – See all my reviews

What is it about these movies that touches one so much? I think it's because of the lack of more movies like these and also because of the innocence in them, that we as adults want to hold on to. This movie was a baggage of surprises for me...Finding Andie McDowell play a role very different from the ones she has so far played. It was a pleasure to see a mainstream Hollywood actor like her act in a movie that is not very commercial. It is a children's movie, but is thankfully devoid of the new-kid-on-the-block talk we hear in so many "children's" movies. Learning later that Diane Keaton was the director was another really pleasant surprise! She has done a very commendable job with this movie! What I liked about this movie was how a child's world was captured, with the camera almost being a character in the movie as it explored places hitherto unknown...the camera was almost made to be an extension of Steven's character, with he, like Alice in Wonderland being awed and overwhelmed by the absurd world of his uncles and other adults. Nothing in the world could have accentuated the beauty of this movie than Thomas Newman's music. This man is a maestro of sorts! His music for the movie 'Corrina, Corrina' is one of my favorites! Interestingly, even in that movie, his best renditions are while showing the world through a child's eyes(Tina Majorino). Newman's music brings to the movie an other worldly quality. It lends to the otherwise mundane lives of the characters an aura of mystery, magic and a celestial quality that makes them so memorable! He is really one of the best Hollywood music directors at the moment and I only hope that he continues to spin his magic as he has been doing for so long!

Nathan Watt as Steven has given a really sensitive performance..he's the main protagonist of the movie, it is his world we are drawn into. Kudos to him for such an endearing performance! Michael Richards is excellent as the phony-bashing uncle of Steven's!! He's getting better everyday, with his recent portrayal of Mr. Micawber in the latest version of 'David Copperfield'. The rest of the cast, all of them are really good! The last scene, when Steven is watching video tapes of his mother with his father is one of the most touching in the movie... This is one of those movies that celebrates the innocence of a child and a few adults who want to retain that innocence in a superficial and phony world.


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