Famous Nathan

Directed by Lloyd Handwerker
Film Movement
86 Minutes
Documentary, Jewish
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An insider documentary directed by the grandson of Nathan Handwerker, founder of iconic Brooklyn institution Nathan’s Famous, Coney Island's premier hot dog stand. Filmed over a 30-year period, the film details Nathan's upbringing in a poor village in Poland, emigration to New York, and the creating and running of Nathan’s Famous for over forty years. Featuring interviews with extended family, longtime employees, and various other South Brooklyn personalities, as well as vital archival footage of Coney Island in the 20th Century, FAMOUS NATHAN is a kaleidoscopic and layered document capturing the honky-tonk, in-your-face spirit that was Nathan’s Famous - and Brooklyn itself - in its heyday and today.


  • Nathan Handwerker
  • Sol Handwerker
  • Murray Handwerker
DVD Features

Director's Commentary\n\nAdditional Interviews\n\nDeleted Scenes

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "[Chronicles] the rise and fall of the beachside snack stand, with the humble hot dog joint standing in as a symbol for the American Dream..."
    New York Observer
  • Highest Rating
    "...shows the tremendous highs and lows that came along with founding a New York City institution, and takes the audience along for a whirlwind trip down memory lane."
    AM New York
  • Highest Rating
    "...a unique and intimate look into almost 100 years of his family's history and the history of New York City, using the hot dog as a lens. "
    Wall St Cheat Sheet

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