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Lost in Yonkers (1993)

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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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Box Office

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

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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Excellent screen adaptation of a great play.
14 July 2012 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

This movie is an excellent screen adaptation of a great play. Instead of being hokey or sentimental, the story provides a candid portrayal of a family in crisis, as each family member is forced to deal with issues that have long repressed. Essentially, the story centers around the relationship between an overbearing mother, performed magnificently by Irene Worth, and her confused daughter, played by Mercedes Ruehl. Ms. Ruehl's performance is a tour-de-force. She completely dominates this movie. The climactic scene between the mother and daughter is both poignant and powerful, and raises this movie to the level of great cinema and drama. Richard Dreyfuss also gives a strong performance as the brother with the bravado but also with a heart. This movie should be a must-watch for anyone who likes screen adaptations of plays and for people in general who like strong drama.


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