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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)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$185,183, 17 September 1995

Gross USA:

$7,929,434

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,929,434
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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: [Danny is heckling a rival of his nephew Franz who, in his speech for the school presidential elections, is repeatedly insulting Franz] Fascist hatemonger! That boy is a Hitler in the making! A Hitler in the making!
Mr. Crispi: [Stands up angrily] That's my son you're talking about!
Danny Lidz: Meet Hitler's father.
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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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THANK YOU Diane Keaton!
14 November 2004 | by MovieGuy1998See all my reviews

Thank you Diane Keaton! This movie is outstanding! My mother passed away from Cancer in 1983 when I was only 13 years old. This movie explains exactly how one can feel as a young kid.(i.e. 'going crazy'-Uncle Danny, the need to find pleasure in 'simple things' –Uncle Arthur).

I have seen this movie about 20-30 times and it gets better each time.

I'm not sure why this movie is not more accepted 'main stream' or why it did not do better---financially-when it was in theaters----but I really appreciate Mrs. Keaton making this movie.

From the need to find God, the frustrations and anger that the father faced, and the need to just be a kid and try to enjoy life while you watch your mother pass away, this is exactly how you feel when going through this.


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