Angela's Ashes (1999)

R  |   |  Drama  |  21 January 2000 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Breen ...
Ciaran Owens ...
Ronnie Masterson ...
Pauline McLynn ...
Eanna MacLiam ...
Andrew Bennett ...
Narrator (voice)
Shane Murray-Corcoran ...
Young Malachy (as Shane Murray Corcoran)
Middle Malachy
Older Malachy
Aaron Geraghty ...
New Born Michael
Sean Carney Daly ...
Baby Michael


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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las cenizas de Ángela  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$13,038,660 (USA) (19 May 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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This film was a joint production of Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios. The two studios had crossed paths on several earlier occasions:

-In 1962, Universal merged with MCA, which had bought most of Paramount's pre-1950 sound features in 1957. -In 1970, the two studios merged their international operations to form Cinema International Corporation. That company became United International Pictures in 1981. -The two studios co-produced two other films in the late 1970s.

Since then, the two studios have split distribution rights to three other films, and through Paramount's purchase of DreamWorks in 2006, co-own seven other films released between 1998 and 2005. See more »


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Narrator: [First lines] When I look back on my childhood, I wonder how my brothers and I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood. The happy childhood is hardly worth telling. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood. And worse still is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.
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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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