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Angela's Ashes (1999)

R | | Drama | 21 January 2000 (USA)
Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the ... See full summary »

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Sean Carney Daly ...
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Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film opens with the family in Brooklyn, but following the death of one of Frankie's siblings, they return home, only to find the situation there even worse. Prejudice against Frankie's Northern Irish father makes his search for employment in the Republic difficult despite his having fought for the IRA, and when he does find money, he spends the money on drink. Written by KB-26

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irish | limerick | ira | drink | prejudice | See All (234) »

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The Hopes of a Mother. The Dreams of a Father. The Fate of a Child.

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Drama

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Rated R for sexual content and some language | See all certifications »

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21 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las cenizas de Ángela  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$54,628 (USA) (24 December 1999)

Gross:

$13,038,660 (USA) (19 May 2000)
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Martin Benson's last film. See more »

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When Frankie and his family are tearing down a wall to burn it, the picture of the pope is on the bed in one shot (at 1:34:03) before Frankie takes it off the wall and puts it on the bed (at 1:34:05). See more »

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Mrs. Leibowitz: What is it, Malachy?
Malachy: It's a beautiful wee girl, Mrs. Liebowitz! After four boys, can you believe it? A wee girl.
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: The Perfect Dress (2006) See more »

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Stampede
Music by R.H. Bassett
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A miserable Irish childhood is overcome
2 October 2001 | by (florida) – See all my reviews

Being married to a man from Ireland, I can really relate to this movie. I went to see his family home in 1978 and he grew up in very similar circumstances. The movie portrays the depression and drinking problems the Irish have. Emily Watson is great as his mother- she has to swallow her pride and beg so her kids can have food and clothes. The Vincent De Paul society is a great presence in Ireland. The way the kids are beat in school is right on- my husband tells me horror stories of how the priests and nuns treated him. Like Frankie he was able to get out of the country when he was 19-- This movie captures both the good and the bad of McCourt's book. I showed it to my son so now he understands his father a lot better. As a whole the movie deserves a lot of credit for staying true to McCourt's words. Robert Carlyle is good as Frankie's father. Everyone in the movie-- fits one type of Irish personality. We still keep candles burning in front of the statue of Mary at home. I will watch this move again so I can pick up on some of the other aspects

of Irish life.


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