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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 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
Richard Hagerman Richard Hagerman ... Truck Driver (as Dick Hagerman)
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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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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Trivia

Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" play originated as a thirty-five page draft which was called "Louie the Gangster". See more »

Goofs

When Eddie is driving his sons to Grandma's, there is a road sign that says "American's" rather than the plural "Americans." See more »

Quotes

Aunt Bella: Do ya, do you know what color my eyes are, Johnny?
Johnny: No, what?
Aunt Bella: You're lookin' right at 'em.
Johnny: Oh, uh. I'm a little color blind.
Aunt Bella: You have beautiful eyes.
Johnny: Naw. Men don't have beautiful eyes.
Aunt Bella: Oh, yes, they do. Don't tell me. Wanta kiss me?
Johnny: Yeah. Yeah I do, I really would.
Aunt Bella: Then, kiss me.
Johnny: I will.
[...]
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Written by Max Steiner
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Lighthearted Comedy-Drama
6 August 2002 | by muveebuff15See all my reviews

Lost in Yonkers is originally a play by Neil Simon, adapted for the silver screen. With a cast including Richard Dreyfuss, Merchedes Rheul, and Irene Worth, this movie has comedy written all over it. Irene Worth plays "Grandma" a hard, bitter, miserable old lady whose five children each have something wrong with them as a result of a miserable childhood. Her daughter Bella (Rheul) is the only child to still live at home and has a slight mental handicap which adds a lot of humor to the film. One of her sons owes 9,000 dollars to a loan shark as a result of his late wife's medical bills. He has a year to pay it back, but cannot take a job unless he has someone to look after his children; 13 year-old Arty (Mike Damus) and 15 year-old Jay (Brad Stoll). Leaving him with no choice, his debts force him to leave his children with his mother. The whole film is just delightful, a light-hearted comedy that takes a few dramatic turns but ultimately will leave you satisfied and content. Brilliant performances by Damus and Stoll who hilariously portray their characters' wonderment at the absolute wierdness of their family. Two thumbs up!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lost in Yonkers See more »

Filming Locations:

Augusta, Kentucky, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,002,150, 16 May 1993

Gross USA:

$9,285,189

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,285,189
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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