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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

Sid Lidz: He doesn't know what he believes. My brothers filled him with all that junk.
[refering to his son reading the Torah]
Sid Lidz: .
Selma Lidz: Maybe they're right for once. What would you know? You work ten hours a day and then you lock yourself in that workshop. What do you know about the world? Maybe there is a God, or maybe some of us want to believe there is.
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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 Movie That Stays With You
9 September 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Since this story goes back and forth between a comedy and a really sad, dramatic story, I guess you could call it unique. The drama is much more at the end involving Andie McDowell's character.

Supposedly, this is a true-life story of Steven "Franz" Lidz and his wacky family - the kid (Nathan Watt), the father (John Turturro) and the two uncles (Maury Chaykin and Michael Richards.). The story has a lot of Jewish flavor and religious themes, pro and con. It's not an easy story to explain so I won't go past what I've said that it's simply an interesting portrait of a different-kind of family with lots of laughs early on but tears later.

You could get an idea early on that it's kind of a sweet movie, but there are some uncomfortable scenes in here. There is a little bit of about everything, guaranteed to strike everyone's emotions somewhere along the way. The story stayed with me long after I first watched it.


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