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Lost in Yonkers (1993)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 14 May 1993 (USA)
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In the summer of 1942, two young boys are sent to stay with their stern grandmother and their childlike aunt in Yonkers, New York.

Director:

Martha Coolidge

Writers:

Neil Simon (play), Neil Simon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Louie Kurnitz
Mercedes Ruehl ... Bella Kurnitz
Irene Worth ... Grandma Kurnitz
Brad Stoll Brad Stoll ... Jay
Mike Damus ... Arty
David Strathairn ... Johnny
Robert Miranda Robert Miranda ... Hollywood Harry (as Robert Guy Miranda)
Jack Laufer ... Eddie
Susan Merson ... Gert
Illya Haase ... Harry's Crony
Calvin Stillwell Calvin Stillwell ... Gas Station Attendant
Dick Hagerman Dick Hagerman ... Truck Driver
Jesse Vincent Jesse Vincent ... Danny
Howard Newstate Howard Newstate ... Kid in Store
Peter Gannon ... Cop
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

This summer there's no better place to find yourself.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers See more »

Filming Locations:

Augusta, Kentucky, USA See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,285,189
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on Neil Simon's 1991 Pulitzer Prize winning play. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Johnny: I wanna join the Army.
Aunt Bella: The Army? *Our* Army?
Johnny: Yeah! But they wouldn't take me. I couldn't pass the, the - hatever they give you I couldn't pass.
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Features Now, Voyager (1942) See more »

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Now Voyager
Written by Max Steiner
Courtesy of Turner Entertainment Co.
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A Comedy That Will Make You Cry
15 September 2012 | by brujavuSee all my reviews

I've lost count of how many times I've seen this movie. It's one of my favorites, and I know I'll return to it again and again, especially when I feel the need to "feel something." The story is ostensibly about the adventures of two young boys left in the care of their hostile grandmother who owns a candy store and their run-ins with their gangster-uncle and their allegedly mentally challenged Aunt Bella. But for me, childlike Aunt Bella, brilliantly portrayed by Mercedes Ruehl, really steals the show. In spite of her reputation for being dim-witted, she displays an extraordinary depth of perception regarding the motivations of the other characters and the emotional courage to accept them with all their limitations. One of the most poignant moments in the movie for me is where the grandmother, who has suffered so much loss in her life, and prides herself on never having shed a tear in spite of all this loss, finally has the chance to be vulnerable. Does she take the chance? You'll have to watch the movie to find out!


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