Robert Wise brings his distinguished name and considerable directorial skill to this remake of a 1970 Rod Serling TV drama. Set in 1969, Abel Shaddick (Peter Falk), a crotchety deli owner, has a grudge against virtually everyone in his upstate New York town of Fairview, particularly against his slacker nephew Stanley (Andrew McCarthy) who lives behind the shop. Without telling his uncle, Stanley agrees to put up a needy city kid for the summer as part of a charity program run by rich debutante Gloria (Nastassja Kinski). Abel immediately vetoes the plan, but it is too late. The kid, young Herman Washington (Aaron Meeks), is already on his way. Though initially the two intensely dislike each other, they bond over fishing and war heroes -- Abel's son died during WWII, while Herman's brother was killed in Vietnam. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
This is a sentimental story about a jewish deli owner and a poor kid from harlem who bond during a two week stay together after deli owners slacker nephew signs up to sponser the boy then takes off leaving his uncle holding the bag. Very enjoyable and I recommend.
I liked the relationship between the characters played by Peter Falk and Aaron Meeks. It seem realistic for this time period. The movie was rather slow and would have been more enjoyable if it had been made to run an hour instead.