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Writers (WGA):
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21 January 2000 (USA) See more »
The Hopes of a Mother. The Dreams of a Father. The Fate of a Child.
Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Affecting look at the human face of poverty See more (164 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Emily Watson ... Angela McCourt

Robert Carlyle ... Malachy (Dad)
Joe Breen ... Young Frank
Ciaran Owens ... Middle Frank

Michael Legge ... Older Frank
Ronnie Masterson ... Grandma Sheehan

Pauline McLynn ... Aunt Aggie

Liam Carney ... Uncle Pa Keating
Eanna MacLiam ... Uncle Pat
Andrew Bennett ... Narrator (voice)
Shane Murray-Corcoran ... Young Malachy (as Shane Murray Corcoran)

Devon Murray ... Middle Malachy

Peter Halpin ... Older Malachy
Aaron Geraghty ... New Born Michael
Sean Carney Daly ... Baby Michael
Oisin Carney Daly ... Baby Michael
Shane Smith ... Middle Michael
Tim O'Brien ... Older Michael
Blaithnaid Howe ... Newborn Alphie
Klara O'Leary ... Baby Alphie
Caroline O'Sullivan ... Baby Alphie
Ryan Fielding ... Older Alphie
Daire Lynam ... Margaret Mary
Ben O'Gorman ... Eugene
Sam O'Gorman ... Oliver

Frank Laverty ... Young Paddy Clohessy
James Mahon ... Middle Paddy Clohessy

Laurence Kinlan ... Older Paddy Clohessy
Lucas Neville ... Willie Harold
Walter Mansfield ... Fintan Slattery
Des McAleer ... Mr. Benson
Sean Kearns ... Dotty O'Neill
Les Doherty ... Mr. O'Dea
Brendan Cauldwell ... Mr. O'Halloran
Shay Gorman ... Mr. Hannon

Johnny Murphy ... Seamus
Jon Kenny ... Lavatory Man
Susan Fitzgerald ... Sister Rita
Brendan McNamara ... Toby Mackey
Maria McDermottroe ... Bridey Hannon
Oliver Maguire ... Confession Priest
Daithi O'Suilleabhain ... Young Priest
Eileen Pollock ... Mrs. Finucane
Alvaro Lucchesi ... Laman Griffin
Mark O'Regan ... Dr. Troy
Moira Deady ... Mrs. Purcell

Kerry Condon ... Theresa

Gerard McSorley ... Father Gregory
Garrett Keogh ... Mr. Hegarty

Eamonn Owens ... Quasimodo
John Anthony Murphy ... Redemptionist Priest

Phelim Drew ... Rent Man

Brendan O'Carroll ... Funeral Carriage Driver
Maggie McCarthy ... Miss Barry
Bairbre Ní Chaoimh ... Mrs. O'Connell (as Bairbre Ni Chaoimh)

Nuala Kelly ... Dance Teacher
Brian Clifford ... Telegram Boy
Edward Murphy ... Young Mikey Molloy
Kieran Maher ... Older Mikey Molloy
James McClatchie ... Bishop
Patrick Bracken ... Younger Question Quigley
Terry O'Donovan ... Older Question Quigley

Danny O'Carroll ... Clarke
David Ahern ... Cyril Benson

Marcia DeBonis ... Mrs. Leibowitz
Helen Norton ... Delia
Eileen Colgan ... Philomena

Alan Parker ... Dr. Campbell

Stephen Marcus ... English Agent
Pauline Shanahan ... Eye Nurse
Gerry Walsh ... Farmer
Brendan Morrissey ... Brother Murray
Darragh Neill ... Heffernan
Sarah Pilkington ... Minnie MacAdorey
Donncha Crowley ... Sacristan
Veronica O'Reilly ... Mrs. Carmody
Anne O'Neill ... Mrs. Dooley (as Ann O'Neill)
Phil Kelly ... Father Gory
Jaz Pollock ... Roden Lane Neighbour
Paddy Scully ... St. Vincent Man #1

J.J. Murphy ... St. Vincent Man #2
Frankie McCafferty ... St. Vincent Man #3
Jack Lynch ... St. Vincent Man #4
Patrick David Nolan ... Travel Agent
Gerard Lee ... Carmody Priest
Martin Benson ... Christian Brother
Birdy Sweeney ... Old Priest
Owen O'Gorman ... Sleeping Sailor
Pat McGrath ... Butcher
Ray McBride ... Mill Foreman
John Sheedy ... Coal Yard Foreman
Sam Ryan ... Shaved Head Boy #1
Donnacha Gleeson ... Shaved Head Boy #2
Jim McIntyre ... Gravedigger #1
Richard Walker ... Gravedigger #2
Mary Ann Spencer ... Parent #1
Kathleen Lambe ... Parent #2

Jer O'Leary ... Parent #3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dennis Milholland ... Man in the Pub (uncredited)

Nathan Slattery ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Stewart Stafford ... Factory Worker (uncredited)
Ciaran Tracey ... Boy (uncredited)

Viviana Verveen ... Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Parker 
Writing credits
Frank McCourt (book)

Laura Jones (screenplay) and
Alan Parker (screenplay)

Produced by
David Brown .... producer
James Flynn .... co-producer
Kit Golden .... associate producer
Doochy Moult .... associate producer
Morgan O'Sullivan .... co-producer
Alan Parker .... producer
Scott Rudin .... producer
Adam Schroeder .... executive producer
Eric Steel .... executive producer
David Wimbury .... line producer
Original Music by
John Williams 
Cinematography by
Chris Connier 
Michael Seresin 
Film Editing by
Gerry Hambling 
Casting by
John Hubbard 
Ros Hubbard 
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Geoffrey Kirkland 
Art Direction by
Fiona Daly 
Jonathan McKinstry 
Malcolm Middleton 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Williams 
Costume Design by
Consolata Boyle 
Makeup Department
Audrey Doyle .... makeup artist
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Uxue Laguardia .... makeup artist
Clare Lambe .... assistant makeup artist
Roisin O'Reilly .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Nicolas Hippisley-Coxe .... production supervisor: third unit
Des Martin .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Booker .... second assistant director
Conor Gibbons .... trainee assistant director
Tommy Gormley .... assistant director
Richard Graysmark .... second second assistant director
Sharon Harford .... trainee assistant director
Dennis Maguire .... assistant director
Brian 'Joker' Mulvey .... second second assistant director
Brendan O'Sullivan .... third assistant director
Amanda Webb .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Eoin Bailey .... stagehand
Russ Bailey .... construction coordinator
Temple Clark .... storyboard artist
Darren Kearney .... painter
Frank Matthews .... supervising plasterer
Owen Monaghan .... props
Joe Monks .... stand-by painter
Irene O'Brien .... graphic designer
Graeme Bird .... propmaker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Anna Behlmer .... re-recording mixer
John Fitzgerald .... adr mixer
Richard Fordham .... assistant sound editor
Sarah Gaines .... adr recordist
Sarah Gaines .... dailies transfer operator
Micki Joanni .... synchron editor
Eddy Joseph .... supervising sound editor
Nick Lowe .... dialogue editor
Andy Nelson .... re-recording mixer
Alastair Sirkett .... assistant foley editor
Stephen Slattery .... sound trainee
Dave Sloss .... adr mixer
Ken Weston .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Conor Coughlan .... special effects technician
Yves De Bono .... special effects supervisor
Mark Griffin .... special effects buyer
Stephen Sutton .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Kent Houston .... visual effects supervisor
Martin Body .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
John Paul Docherty .... digital effects supervisor (uncredited)
Susi Roper .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
David Smith .... optical cameraman: Peerless Camera (uncredited)
John Swinnerton .... compositor (uncredited)
Pat Wong .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Bloor .... gaffer
Alan Butler .... focus puller
Darryl Byrne .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Hugh-Thomas Cavanagh .... electrician
P.J. Dillon .... focus puller: "b" camera
David Grennan .... clapper loader
Bill Kaye .... still photographer
Keith Manning .... grip
Ray Meehan .... best boy
John Murphy .... grip
Philip Murphy .... grip
Mike Roberts .... camera operator
Casting Department
Sarah Allentuch .... casting assistant
Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Phelan .... trainee wardrobe assistant
Magdalen Rubalcava .... assistant costume designer
Sue Wain .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Carolyne Chauncey .... first assistant editor
David Feldman .... assistant editor
Michael J. Gaffey .... post-production runner (as Mike Gaffey)
Robert Ireland .... assistant editor
Mairead McIvor .... assistant editor
Bryan McMahan .... colorist: mastering
Anna Maria O'Flanagan .... editor trainee
Ben Renton .... editor trainee
Location Management
Niall Martin .... assistant location manager
Paddy McCarney .... location manager
Edmund Sampson .... location assistant
Andrew Wilson .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
John Ellis .... musician: oboe
Steve Erdody .... musician: cello
Randy Kerber .... musician: piano
Peter Myles .... assistant music editor
John Neufeld .... orchestrator
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring mixer
Marni Sanders .... copyist
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Joann Turovsky .... musician: harp (as Jo Ann Turovsky)
John Williams .... conductor
Mark Graham .... music copyist (uncredited)
Marc Miller .... music clearance (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation captain
Other crew
Cate Arbeid .... production coordinator
Paul Beard .... production assistant
John A. Cohen .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Matt Dalton .... first assistant accountant
Eben Davidson .... assistant: Scott Rudin
R.H. Davies .... marine coordinator
Sarah Feinberg-Galan .... assistant: Scott Rudin (as Sarah Feinberg)
Martin Gentles .... production assistant
Marisa Grandi .... production secretary
Sally Jones .... script supervisor
Nick Kilcoyne .... production assistant
Robert F. Kocourek .... production controller
Dorothy McDonnell .... production assistant
Sean Montague .... stand-in: Robert Carlyle
Angelique Palozzi .... assistant: Scott Rudin
J.J. Shea .... production assistant
Derek Skaletsky .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Will Sweeney .... production intern
Eoin Holohan .... assistant extras coordinator (uncredited)
Ray Kenny .... trainee crowd coordinator (uncredited)
Seamus Porter .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Rated R for sexual content and some language
145 min
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Richard Harris strongly condemned both the film and Frank McCourt in a series of interviews in 2000.See more »
Factual errors: A lunar eclipse can only occur when the moon is completely full. It would not cast a moving shadow.See more »
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.See more »
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24 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Affecting look at the human face of poverty, 22 July 2000
Author: FlickJunkie-2 from Atlanta, GA

The trouble with making a movie out of a Pulitzer Prize winning book is that no matter how good and true to the book it is, it will usually be a disappointment. This has a lot to do with the difference between reading a story and seeing one. When one reads a book, it is usually done over time, perhaps a week or two. The words stir the imagination and the scenes described become images, usually more illusory than real. There is plenty of time for this process to work. A film, in contrast, is viewed over a period of about two hours, where the viewer is perceiving rather than imagining. The portrayals are well defined and no matter how creative the director, it is very difficult to create scenes that equal those of readers who have previously conjured fantastic images in their heads.

I believe this is the reason this film was such a disappointment to so many viewers who had read the book. Thankfully, I saw the film first, so I had no preconceived notions. With that fresh perspective, I must say that it was outstanding.

It the story is taken from the memoirs of Frank McCourt, who recounted his childhood in Ireland in the 1930's and 1940's. It is a poignant and compelling story of a poor family struggling to survive. The images are powerful depictions of the indignity of indigence in a world where hunger and disease were common and people went almost as frequently to the cemetery as to the market.

Alan Parker brings us a starkly realistic view of McCourt's Ireland. He scoured Ireland to find a ghetto that brought forth the images described in the book, but after an exhaustive search, he decided to build the lane from scratch using McCourt's photographs. Upon visiting the set, McCourt said it was chillingly accurate and he couldn't believe he wasn't back home. Parker desaturated the color to give the film a very stark look, consistent with the squalor he was trying to portray. Paradoxically, the loss of color intensity intensified the power of the images. Though I'm not a big fan of this technique (I like rich and vibrant color), in this case it was the perfect choice.

The film suffers a bit from excessive length, undoubtedly because there was so much to cover. However, when Parker bombards the viewer with disturbingly hopeless imagery for well over two hours, it becomes tedious. This is another advantage of reading a book. You can more easily put it down and come back to it. Parker sometimes overdoes certain ideas that he could have condensed. We could have done without half a dozen vomiting scenes and all the chamber pot activity. One or two such scenes would have gotten the message across.

The cast was consistently excellent. Parker saw over 15,000 child actors before casting the three boys who played Frank at various ages. All three were wonderful, but my favorite was Michael Legge, the oldest Frank. He was the most hopeful person in the film, giving him character and determination, without losing his idealistic innocence.

Emily Watson is a great dramatic actress and rose to the occasion to endow Angela with superhuman strength, courage and persistence in the face of crushing hardship and sorrow. Robert Carlyle was also terrific as Frank's father. He made the character a lovable man with fatal flaws. Despite his heinously irresponsible behavior squandering money on drink as his family starved, his charming nature and effusive affection for the children evoked as much love from us as disgust.

This is a brilliant production. Though many who read the book were disappointed, I must point out that Frank McCourt, who wrote the book, was unabashed in praising it for its realism in capturing his impressions and feelings of the times. I rated it a 9/10. Other than a bit of overkill, this is superb filmmaking giving us an affecting look at the human face of poverty.

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