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Writers (WGA):
Franz Lidz (book)
Richard LaGravenese (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 September 1995 (USA) See more »
Sometimes you find your heroes in the most unlikely places.
Steven Lidz, unhappy with his home life since his mother got sick, goes and lives with his two crazy Uncles... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
(7 articles)
User Reviews:
A Movie That Stays With You See more (31 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Andie MacDowell ... Selma Lidz

John Turturro ... Sid Lidz

Michael Richards ... Danny Lidz

Maury Chaykin ... Arthur Lidz
Nathan Watt ... Steven / Franz Lidz

Anne De Salvo ... May

Celia Weston ... Amelia

Jack McGee ... Lindquist

Candice Azzara ... Joanie (as Candy Azzara)

Kendra Krull ... Sandy Lidz

Giuseppe Andrews ... Ash (as Joey Andrews)
Lillian Adams ... Aunt Estelle

Lou Cutell ... Uncle Melvin
Sumer Stamper ... Nancy Oppenheim
Sean P. Donahue ... Ralph Crispi (as Sean Donahue)
Harold M. Schulweis ... Rabbi Blaustein (as Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis)
Zoaunne LeRoy ... Mrs. Kantruitz

Vince Melocchi ... Inspector Marshall
Charles Patrick ... In-crowd Boy
Alison Chalmers ... In-crowd Girl
Chris Warfield ... Mr. Clements

Wayne Duvall ... Mr. Crispi
Andrew Craig ... Man in Line

Becky Ann Baker ... Mrs. Harris
Mary Mercier ... Waitress
Len Costanza ... Second Doctor
Peter Kaitlyn ... Dr. Feldman

Julie Pinson ... Nurse Franklin

Zachary Bostrom ... Additional Voices (voice)
Thomas Brunelle ... Additional Voices (voice)
Joshua Boyd ... Additional Voices (voice)
Cody Dobson ... Additional Voices (voice)
Colleen Ford ... Additional Voices (voice)
Darcy French-Myerson ... Additional Voices (voice)
Danielle Judovits ... Additional Voices (voice)
Christie Mellor ... Additional Voices (voice)
Richard Marion ... Additional Voices (voice)
Ruth Silveira ... Additional Voices (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ken Tipton ... Additional Voices (uncredited)

Directed by
Diane Keaton 
Writing credits
Franz Lidz (book)

Richard LaGravenese (screenplay)

Produced by
Susan Arnold .... producer
Bill Badalato .... producer
Joseph J. Kelly .... associate producer (as Joe Kelly)
Franz Lidz .... co-producer
Donna Roth .... producer
Jackie Rubin .... associate producer
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
Cinematography by
Phedon Papamichael 
Film Editing by
Lisa Zeno Churgin  (as Lisa Churgin)
Casting by
Gail Levin 
Production Design by
Garreth Stover 
Art Direction by
Chris Cornwell 
Set Decoration by
Larry Dias 
Costume Design by
Jill M. Ohanneson  (as Jill Ohanneson)
Makeup Department
Leslie Ann Anderson .... hair stylist
Pat Gerhardt .... makeup artist
Production Management
Bill Badalato .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew M. Flinn .... second assistant director
Matthew H. Rowland .... first assistant director
Art Department
G. Roger Abell .... set dresser (as Roger Abell)
Doug Harlocker .... property master
Doug Sieck .... set dresser
William Boyd .... general foreman (uncredited)
Gary Deaton .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Elixandro Diaz Jr. .... plaster foreman (uncredited)
Robert Lucas .... lead man (uncredited)
Glenn H. Roberts .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Michael Vojvoda .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert J. Anderson Jr. .... sound mixer
Anthony Mazzei .... supervising sound editor
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist
Patricia Nedd .... foley artist
Steve Pederson .... re-recording mixer
Andrew Adams .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Ed Gale .... stunts
Fred Lerner .... stunts
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunts (as Ernie Orsati)
Camera and Electrical Department
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer
Bob Hall .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Wally Pfister .... camera operator
D.J. Harder .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke .... night light operator (uncredited)
Larry Markart .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Boris Price .... camera loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Scheris Shephard .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gena Bleier .... first assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer (uncredited)
Location Management
Billy Badalato .... location manager
Ralph Coleman .... location manager
Music Department
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Chas Smith .... exotic instruments (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chet Badalato .... transportation captain
Scott Ganary .... transportation captain
Tom Perry .... transportation captain
Gary Shephard .... transportation coordinator
Larry Shephard .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Elizabeth S. Barton .... script supervisor (as Elizabeth Barton)
Gerald Emerick .... stand-in
April Messerschmitt .... stand-in
Julie Pinson .... stand-in
Deborah Wuliger .... unit publicist
Christine Altomari .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Maureen 'Mo' Crutchfield .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Lauren Lloyd .... studio executive (uncredited)
Greg Yaitanes .... visual consultant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG for emotional subject matter
93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A Movie That Stays With You, 9 September 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Since this story goes back and forth between a comedy and a really sad, dramatic story, I guess you could call it unique. The drama is much more at the end involving Andie McDowell's character.

Supposedly, this is a true-life story of Steven "Franz" Lidz and his wacky family - the kid (Nathan Watt), the father (John Turturro) and the two uncles (Maury Chaykin and Michael Richards.). The story has a lot of Jewish flavor and religious themes, pro and con. It's not an easy story to explain so I won't go past what I've said that it's simply an interesting portrait of a different-kind of family with lots of laughs early on but tears later.

You could get an idea early on that it's kind of a sweet movie, but there are some uncomfortable scenes in here. There is a little bit of about everything, guaranteed to strike everyone's emotions somewhere along the way. The story stayed with me long after I first watched it.

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