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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 »

Director:

Diane Keaton

Writers:

Franz Lidz (book), Richard LaGravenese (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andie MacDowell ... Selma Lidz
John Turturro ... Sid Lidz
Michael Richards ... Danny Lidz
Maury Chaykin ... Arthur Lidz
Nathan Watt 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 Sumer Stamper ... Nancy Oppenheim
Sean P. Donahue Sean P. Donahue ... Ralph Crispi (as Sean Donahue)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Sometimes you find your heroes in the most unlikely places.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for emotional subject matter | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Entfesselte Helden See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,929,241
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Danny Lidz: People - they get trapped in their own history unless someone shows them a way out.
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Connections

References Fahrenheit 451 (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

You Are My Sunshine
Written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Ray Charles Enterprises, Inc.
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A step below being a masterpiece
1 May 2000 | by Cookie24See all my reviews

OH! How could anyone NOT love this movie? It's so good. Andie MacDowell and John Turturro make such a cute movie couple. The real show stealer was Michael Richards. Through the movie, you're not saying, 'Hey, why is Kramer being serious?' Instead, you say, 'Wow, Michael Richards is a good actor.' This was a rare opportunity to see him do a better-than-Kramer-by-not-being-Kramer performance. I would love to see him do more serious work like this. It's very tearful at the end. Parts are mildly funny, but this movie is pure drama and it's beautiful.


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