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Ash Wednesday (2002)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Brian Burns ...
Cousin Mike Moran
Vincent Rubino ...
Vinny Boombata
J.C. (as James Cummings)
Pat McNamara ...
Pete at the Bar
Francis Sullivan
Chris McGovern ...
Whitey's Driver (as Christopher McGovern)
Uncle Handy
Jimmy Burke ...
Red Kelly (as James Burke)
Stephen Murphy ...
Whitey's Man
Crazy George Cullen
Mrs. Diaz
Maggie Shea


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 <>

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

19 March 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ash Wednesday: Le mercredi des Cendres  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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In the opening scene when Sean Sullivan shots the three guys in the bathroom you hear 3 gunshots (there is no visual of the event here). At time index 1:12:18, Sean Sullivan goes to the bathroom and shots the three guys, you hear four gunshots See more »


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 »


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Don't leave home without it.
23 February 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

In "Ash Wednesday", Burns spins a yarn about a Hell's Kitchen bar owner with a checkered past (Burns) whose younger brother (Wood), who's supposed to be dead, has been seen in the neighborhood (duh) giving rise to inquires from all corners while igniting the plot. In typical Burns fashion, this story about low level Irish-American hoods, is a Mulligan stew of relationships and the non-stop yammering required to explain them and give them impetus. Burns keeps his story in a box, revealing a piece at a time, ostensibly to create suspense, while leaving a trail of gaping plot holes necessary to make the story work. In addition to such dents and dings as having the bro prep to leave town while conveniently leaving his wallet at home to be discovered by the bad guys (duh), Burns makes another huge mistake. The protagonists, whom we're supposed to care about otherwise there's no reason to watch, are all murders. (duh) "Ash Wednesday" is a dark, gritty shoot recommended only for fans of the principals and people into bottom of the marquee crimeland flicks. (C+)

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