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Angela's Ashes -- Life in impoverished Depression-era Ireland holds little promise for young Frank McCourt, the oldest son in a tightly-knit family. Living by his wits, cheered by his irrepressible spirit, and sustained by his mother's fierce love, Frank embarks on an inspiring journey to overcome the poverty of his childhood and reach the land of his dreams: America.
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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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  (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)
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 .... sound 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 .... sound 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
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
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)
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
Niall Martin .... assistant location manager
Paddy McCarney .... location manager
Dorothy McDonnell .... production assistant
Sean Montague .... stand-in: Robert Carlyle
Angelique Palozzi .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Edmund Sampson .... location assistant
J.J. Shea .... production assistant
Derek Skaletsky .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Will Sweeney .... production intern
Andrew Wilson .... assistant location manager
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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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 »
Anachronisms: The ship entering New York at the end of the movie has radars. Radars were not available at that period on commercial ships.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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Why is the book/movie titled "Angela's Ashes" when the story doesn't really focus on Angela?
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23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
I suggest you read the book... and keep an open mind., 7 March 2004
Author: Quincywsmith from New York

I've read both Angela's Ashes, and 'Tis (the sequal also by McCourt), and I think that really helped get a good perspective of what's going on. A lot happens that we aren't shown in the movie, which makes sense considering a word for word rendition of the text would be far too long.

But reading the book provides you with a little more background- more insight as to WHY the family is in the situation it is (the mother was "knocked up" and the two were forced into marriage and family life that probably NEITHER were ready for), and especially the impact of the death of the little baby girl had- most notable in the father.

All in all, it was a great film... seriously. It's the memories a poor Irish childhood- but the best part is that much of it is told through the eyes of a 'child' (even if its in retrospect). The reason that it is unique, I think, is that if the viewer is open enough, they can get beneath the obvious misery that we're pelted with and really see the innocence of a child through out the story.

I get really irritated with those that brush it off as "been there, done that", or "Woe is me, I was a poor Irish child." I think that shows ignorance and disgusting apathy- go watch a movie where stuff explodes to keep your feeble mind occupied, because you obviously are too shallow to understand what you're seeing. Imagine yourself as that child- in a nation full of families stuck in the same rut. This isn't some Hollywood drama concocted... this is(was) someone's LIFE. And the movie sticks very much to the book- I remembered many of the exact lines word for word from the text. Also... a few people have complained about the 'incomplete' ending. That's pretty much exactly where the book ends- read (horror of HORRORS!) the sequal, 'Tis, to find out the rest.

Either way- very touching film. Definitely dark and deep, and I recommend it to anyone who has an open mind.

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