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

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Catch Me Now I'm Falling
Written by Ray Davies
Performed by The Kinks
Courtesy of Velvel Records
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Could have been better
31 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a film about an ex mafia leader getting into trouble with gangs because his dead brother reappeared in the neighbourhood.

The film is initially boring because of poor character development. The film does not tell people what is happening very well, and only towards the middle do people get an idea what on earth was in fact happening. Elijah Wood is obviously miscast. Elijah Wood is very unconvincing as Edward Burns' younger brother, in fact he looks more like the son of Edward Burns. Looks, height, age and physique wise they are too different from each other. This makes the film a lot less credible than it should have been. Otherwise, the plot is not bad, the direction is good, and the sets are nicely done.


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