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Agnes Browne (1999)

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The unexpected death of her husband sends a woman and her seven children, ages 2-14, into emotional turmoil and financial crisis in 1967 Dublin. She is forced to borrow money from a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Monks
Niall O'Shea ...
Ciaran Owens ...
Frankie Browne
Roxanna Nic Liam ...
Cathy Browne (as Roxanna Williams)
Carl Power ...
Simon Browne
Mark Power ...
Gareth O'Connor ...
James Lappin ...
Mr. Billy
Arno Chevrier ...
Mr. Aherne
June Rodgers ...
Fat Annie
Winnie the Mackerel


The unexpected death of her husband sends a woman and her seven children, ages 2-14, into emotional turmoil and financial crisis in 1967 Dublin. She is forced to borrow money from a ruthless loan shark to make ends meet. She faces her dismal existence by selling fruits and vegetables at an open air market where she spends time with a best friend who gives her encouragement. Wishing to escape her existence, if only for a short time, she dreams of finding enough money to attend an upcoming Tom Jones concert. She realizes her dream by accepting her first date with a French baker. Her kids pool their money so she can buy a new dress. Of course, eventually the family has to face the loan shark, but this is a movie where obstacles are maybe too easily overcome. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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When Agnes Browne's husband died, she discovered something amazing... Herself.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

3 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Mammy  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,322 (USA) (3 December 1999)


$140,426 (USA) (17 March 2000)

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Although a period piece, Anjelica Huston deliberately didn't want to de-age Tom Jones as she wanted his appearance to be a surreal moment in the film. See more »


When Agnes Browne is having the cucumber slices removed from her face we see her friends laughing. One female friend is seen laughing wearing glasses and immediately again wearing no glasses. See more »


Marion Monks: We're here for a good time, not a long time. And having a friend like you is as good as it gets.
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Followed by Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie (2014) See more »


Sous les ponts de Paris
Music by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Jean Rodor
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Hope and humor brighten working-class Ireland in the 60's!
4 September 2000 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this directorial effort by Angelica Huston. Her acting, as well as that of the actress who plays Marion Monks, was outstanding.

Left a widow with seven children, Agnes Browne, is undaunted in her spunk and determination to rise above adversity. Agnes' best friend nearly steals the movie with her believable, heartwarming performance as the down-to-earth, pungently irreverent, Marion Monks.

The children, (all seven of them) never seem like actors. The French baker next door also adds flavor as the love interest.

Working-class Ireland in the poor section is seen realistically but with much more kindness and hope than Frank McCourt's world of Angela's Ashes.

Excellent and underrated film--highly recommended.

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