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The McCourts of New York (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  16 March 1999 (USA)
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An intriguing and entertaining portrait of the McCourt brothers of Limerick.

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An intriguing and entertaining portrait of the McCourt brothers, Frank, Mike, Alphie, and Malachy. Follow their arrival to New York from the slums of Limerick, and hear the tales which inspired the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoirs of their family, "Angela's Ashes" and "A Monk Swimming." Written by Ciaran O'Shea

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Getting To Know The Family Better
21 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This documentary was interesting to me because I saw it right after reading both of Frank McCourt's books: Angela's Ashes and Tis. So, I was interested to see what the documentary offered.

What it offers is a brief summary of what happened to Frank and is three brothers after they had all arrived in the United States as young adults from Ireland. Frank's story I knew, but nonetheless he's always interesting to hear, not just read about. His brothers, which look similar to me with their pudginess and white hair, all have some interesting tales to tell. The Irish make good storytellers, that's for sure.

Near the end of this 70-minute program is a very dramatic scene when the brothers get together to find the grave site of their sister who had died shortly after birth.

All in all, if you are fan of the brothers' work, this a nice documentary of a very interesting family. I would watch it more than once, just on its own merit.


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