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Ash Wednesday (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  19 March 2004 (UK)
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Ash Wednesday is set in the Manhattan of the early 1980's and is about a pair of Irish-American brothers (Burns and Wood) who become embroiled in a conflict with the Irish Mob.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Burns ...
Cousin Mike Moran
Vincent Rubino ...
Vinny Boombata
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J.C. (as James Cummings)
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Pat McNamara ...
Murph
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Pete at the Bar
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Francis Sullivan
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Whitey
Chris McGovern ...
Whitey's Driver (as Christopher McGovern)
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Uncle Handy
Jimmy Burke ...
Red Kelly (as James Burke)
Stephen Murphy ...
Whitey's Man
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Crazy George Cullen
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Mrs. Diaz
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Maggie Shea
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Hell's Kitchen on Ash Wednesday, 1983. Rumors are flying that Francis Sullivan's younger brother Sean, dead for three years, has reappeared. If he wasn't killed by rivals, then old scores still need settling, putting Fran and Sean in danger. An upstart is pressuring the local mob boss, who's Fran's protector; Sean's wife, who thinks she's a widow, has gotten on with her life, but Sean has come back for her. The parish priest, part of the initial deception, is frightened. Bad guys with guns are closing in. Can Fran get Sean and his wife out of the city, avoid a war between rival factions, and hold onto new-found morality? Will the cross of ashes on his forehead protect him? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive language and some violence | See all certifications »

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19 March 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ash Wednesday: Le mercredi des Cendres  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,942 (USA) (11 October 2002)

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$2,942 (USA) (11 October 2002)
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Goofs

In the beginning, three years after the opening shooting, when a group of guys are at the bar, one comments on how Dolly Parton was on Johnny Carson last night. Dolly Parton didn't appear on the Tonight Show in the 1980s until 1986. See more »

Quotes

Francis: [to Sean] What do you need a formal invitation? Get in the fucking car!
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References Black & White (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

It Don't Matter to Me
Written by David Gates
Performed by Matthew Sweet
Produced by Matthew Sweet
Recorded August 2001 in Cuz Manor, Los Angeles, CA
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Not great but OK
14 November 2004 | by (Harrisburg, PA) – See all my reviews

First of all, it could have been shorter due to the redundant establishment of the primary story line. A couple more scenes of Ed Burns walking around the streets with that boring musical theme and I may have given up on this film.

Elijah Wood was totally miscast. A more wrong casting of the role of Sean is not imaginable. OK, maybe imaginable if you include Pee Wee Herman. I agree with another writer here that Oliver Platt could've gotten some more dialog and scenes, but that's what it is. He probably liked the idea of playing a heavy for a change. He should do more I think.

I figured the closing scenes to a "T"... from the saloon showdown to the reason for the crew cap and peacoat. I claim no particular brilliance, it seemed pretty obvious.

All in all I'd say watch it when it appears on cable, save the rental fee. A 6.5 - 7.0 rating is generous but I like Ed Burns, stories about Irish street hoods and a plus when it's Hells Kitchen in NYC instead of the Southies. No offense Boston.


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