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Ash Wednesday (2002)

 -  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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Storyline

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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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 »

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Francis: They thought you were the smart one? I must've looked like a friggin' retard!
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References Black and White (1999) See more »

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Radar Love
Written by George Kooymans and Barry Hay
Performed by Golden Earring
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Frodo? Oh no!
28 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This must have been the movie that taught Eddie Burns the lesson that casting is the most important part of getting a good performance out of your actors and making your story believable. Elijah Wood: Totally wrong for the Sean part. Ed Burns owns the Francis part and watching Elijah Wood play his younger brother is like watching a kid off the monkey bars trying to stand up to a high school bully. They are not even on the same playing field. And we are to believe that this same kid is married to Rosario Dawson. The prospect of this matchup is like watching Dudley Moore and J-Lo dating.

All of the other good stuff that is going on: Period piece of Hell's Kitchen, etc., is overshadowed by the bad casting decision of having Elijah Wood be Burn's brother. Whatayagonnado? Lessons learned.


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