Unstrung Heroes

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Unstrung Heroes (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“Unstrung Heroes” is a comedy-drama film released in 1995, directed by Diane Keaton. The movie stars Andie MacDowell as Selma Lidz, John Turturro as Sid Lidz, and Nathan Watt as Steven Lidz.

The story revolves around Steven Lidz, a young boy dealing with the imminent death of his terminally ill mother, Selma. To escape the sadness and chaos at home, Steven seeks refuge with his eccentric uncles, Danny and Arthur, whom he fondly refers to as the “unstrung heroes.”

Danny and Arthur are reclusive and quirky characters with their unique ways of looking at the world. Despite their unconventional behavior, they provide Steven with comfort, love, and a much-needed escape from the painful reality of his mother’s illness.

As Steven spends time with his uncles, he begins to understand the complexity of family dynamics, the importance of embracing individuality, and the value of finding solace in unexpected places.

“Unstrung Heroes” is known for its heartwarming and poignant storytelling, as well as the touching performances of its cast. The film explores themes of grief, resilience, and the power of imagination in coping with difficult circumstances.

The movie received positive reviews from critics for its sensitive portrayal of a young boy’s emotional journey and the strength he finds in his uncles’ eccentricities.

“Unstrung Heroes” serves as a touchstone for viewers seeking a moving and uplifting drama that celebrates the power of family bonds and the beauty of embracing life’s imperfections. It remains a touching and thought-provoking film that celebrates the importance of finding strength and love in the midst of adversity.

Additional Details

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  • Year Released: 1995
  • Type of Movie: Live Action
  • Box Office: $7.9 million
  • Awards: Nominated Academy Award; Nominated Grammy Award
  • IMDB Link


  • Andie MacDowell: Selma Lidz
  • John Turturro: Sid Lidz
  • Michael Richards: Danny Lidz
  • Maury Chaykin: Arthur Lidz
  • Nathan Watt: Steven/Franz
  • Celia Weston: Amelia
  • Candice Azzara: Joanie
  • Jack McGee: Lindquist


  • Director: Diane Keaton
  • Producers: Susan Arnold, Bill Badalto and Donna Roth
  • Screenplay: Richard LaGravenese

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