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Famous Nathan (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 17 July 2015 (USA)
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A Coney Island-inspired, densely-layered visually dynamic documentary portrait of the life and times of the original Nathan's Famous, created in 1916 by filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker's ... See full summary »

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Lloyd Handwerker

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Credited cast:
Nathan Handwerker Nathan Handwerker ... Himself
Lloyd Handwerker Lloyd Handwerker ... Himself
Sol Handwerker Sol Handwerker ... Himself
Murray Handwerker Murray Handwerker ... Himself
Ida Handwerker Ida Handwerker ... Herself
Joe Handwerker Joe Handwerker ... Himself
Sidney Handwerker Sidney Handwerker ... Himself
Hy Brown Hy Brown ... Himself
Jay Cohen Jay Cohen ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Bologna Jimmy Bologna ... Himself
Jack Dreitzer Jack Dreitzer ... Himself
Dotty Handwerker Dotty Handwerker ... Herself
Minnie Handwerker Minnie Handwerker ... Herself
Steve Handwerker Steve Handwerker ... Himself
Claire Kamiel Claire Kamiel ... Herself
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A Coney Island-inspired, densely-layered visually dynamic documentary portrait of the life and times of the original Nathan's Famous, created in 1916 by filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker's grandparents, Nathan and Ida Handwerker. 30 years in the making, Famous Nathan interweaves decades-spanning archival footage, family photos and home movies, an eclectic soundtrack and never-before-heard audio from Nathan: his only interview, ever as well as compelling, intimate and hilarious interviews with the dedicated band of workers, not at all shy at offering opinions, memories and the occasional tall tale. Written by the Producers

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Give 'Em and Let 'Em Eat!

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USA

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English

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17 July 2015 (USA) See more »

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Loquat Films See more »
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Oh My God Are We Gonna Have Fun
Written by Bobby Aherne
Performed by No Monster Club
Published by No Monster Club (ASCAP)
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Pretty Good, A Nice Context
21 November 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A Coney Island-inspired, densely-layered visually dynamic documentary portrait of the life and times of the original Nathan's Famous, created in 1916 by filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker's grandparents, Nathan and Ida Handwerker.

Being from the Midwest, I really knew nothing about Nathan's. I knew it was on Coney Island and that it had the wiener-eating contest. But I did not know who Nathan was or anything about the business. This film really cleared that up for me. And I like that it was in a larger context -- not just who Nathan was, but his role in Coney Island.

The conflicting stories were good, and I am glad it was not all praise, even coming from a grandson. This was an honest look. And we even get a story or two (like Jackie Kennedy). My personal interests would have liked to hear a mob story in there, but maybe there never was one.


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