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Ash Wednesday -- 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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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Brian Burns ... Cousin Mike Moran
Vincent Rubino ... Vinny Boombata

Jimmy Cummings ... J.C. (as James Cummings)

Elijah Wood ... Sean Sullivan
Pat McNamara ... Murph

John DiResta ... Pete at the Bar

Edward Burns ... Francis Sullivan

Malachy McCourt ... Whitey
Chris McGovern ... Whitey's Driver (as Christopher McGovern)

Peter Gerety ... Uncle Handy
Jimmy Burke ... Red Kelly (as James Burke)
Stephen Murphy ... Whitey's Man

Brian Delate ... Crazy George Cullen

Teresa Yenque ... Mrs. Diaz

Julie Hale ... Maggie Shea

Kathleen Doyle ... Mrs. Flanagan

Rosario Dawson ... Grace Quinonez
Marina Durell ... Mrs. Quinonez

James Handy ... Father Mahoney
Michael Mulheren ... Detective Pulaski

Oliver Platt ... Moran

Michael Leydon Campbell ... Jimmy Burke

Dara Coleman ... John Coleman

Penny Balfour ... Callie

Kevin Kash ... Paulie Numbers

Gregg Bello ... Larossa

Joe Lisi ... Wiseguy
Matty Delia ... Brooklyn Barkeep
Jack DeFuria ... Little Sean

Directed by
Edward Burns 
Writing credits
Edward Burns (written by)

Produced by
Glen Basner .... executive producer
Margot Bridger .... producer
Edward Burns .... producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Aaron Lubin .... co-producer
William Perkins .... line producer
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Shire 
Cinematography by
Russell Lee Fine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Greenwald 
Casting by
Ali Farrell 
Production Design by
Susan Block 
Art Direction by
Lucio Seixas 
Set Decoration by
Carrie Stewart 
Costume Design by
Catherine Marie Thomas 
Makeup Department
Jenn 'Jorge' Nelson .... makeup department head
Diana Sikes .... key hair stylist
Production Management
William Perkins .... post-production supervisor
William Perkins .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Escott .... first assistant director
Annie Tan .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sarah Berney .... charge scenic
Eric Friedewald .... art department assistant
Shahen Guiragossian .... lead man
Shelley Herbert .... on-set dresser
Elizabeth Schlitten .... property master
Sound Department
Kam Chan .... foley editor
Benjamin Cheah .... supervising sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist
Peter Fonda .... boom operator
Gisburg .... assistant sound editor (as Gisburg Smialek)
Matthew Haasch .... foley editor
Matthew Haasch .... foley mixer
Dustin Hudson .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Skip Lievsay .... sound re-recording mixer
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly R. McCord)
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Jac Rubenstein .... dialogue editor
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Jerry Stein .... production sound mixer
Jeffrey Stern .... adr editor
Jeffrey Stern .... dialogue editor
Lila Yomtoob .... apprentice sound editor
Special Effects by
Mark Bero .... special effects coordinator
John Stifanich .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Janos Pilenyi .... optical supervisor
Ariel Enriquez Saulog .... digital supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
John G. Boesch .... company grip
Aryn Chapman .... second assistant camera
Donald Glenn .... dolly grip (as Don Glenn)
Christopher Hall .... camera operator
John R. McAleer Jr. .... first assistant camera
Steve Ramsey .... gaffer
Larry Riley .... still photographer
Gary Ronn .... generator operator
Robert D. Shulman .... key grip (as Bob Shulman)
Joshua Solson .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Kristine Bulakowski .... extras casting
Laura Rosenthal .... casting
Driss Tijani .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mickey Carleton .... wardrobe supervisor
Laura Downing .... key costumer
Angela E. Thomas .... wardrobe production assistant
Editorial Department
Walker Allen .... post-production coordinator
Andrew Buckland .... film conform editor
Don Ciana .... color timer
Patricia Sztaba .... negative cutter
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter
Joe Violante .... color coordinator
Kenneth Wachtel .... assistant editor
Music Department
Annette Kudrak .... music editor
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Lance McVickar .... music engineer
Transportation Department
Kevin Flynn .... transportation captain
Other crew
Walker Allen .... production office assistant
Leslie Angle .... assistant: Mr. Burns (as Leslie A. Angle)
Joshua A. Bell .... accountant
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... legal services
Stephen Sean Carr .... assistant location manager
Danielle B. Cook .... craft service
Karen C. Eide .... production coordinator
Christine Gee .... script supervisor
Richie Gibbs .... production assistant
Dave Glew .... key set production assistant
Victoria Hawes .... location assistant
David Kenneally .... set production assistant
Lisa King .... set production assistant
David Laurentin .... parking assistant
Andrew McGee .... production office assistant
April Merl .... post-production auditor
Sarah Rubenstein .... assistant accountant
Bart Schoudel .... assistant production coordinator
Peggy Sutton .... script supervisor
José Tejada .... parking coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
Steven Weisberg .... location manager

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Rated R for pervasive language and some violence
99 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Continuity: 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 gunshotsSee more »
Francis:They thought you were the smart one? I must've looked like a friggin' retard!See more »
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References Black & White (1999/I)See more »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
the Irish mob, the Irish neighborhood, 10 January 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Ash Wednesday" is a 2002 film written, directed by, and starring Ed Burns. The story concerns one day, Ash Wednesday, and the events that happen on that day to two Irish-American brothers, Francis (Burns) and Sean (Elijah Wood). Three years earlier, Sean, while tending bar, overheard two thugs plan to kill Francis over money he owed, so Sean took them out. In order to keep him from being killed, Francis, a neighborhood priest, and a mobster fake Sean's death while he goes to Texas to hide out. Unfortunately, on the evening before this particular Ash Wednesday, Sean, who has returned to his brother's apartment, decides to go to a neighborhood bar for a drink. There he's spotted by several people, including an ex-girlfriend of Francis' who wants to get even with Sean's brother for dumping her.

In the Catholic church and in several other religions, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the period of time preceding Easter. People go to church and receive a cross in ashes on their forehead to remind them of death, of the sorrow they should feel for their sins, and of the necessity of changing their lives. Normally during Lent people make some sort of sacrifice. Francis, who with his father was a hit man, is surrounded by death and under constant threat of it. The sacrifice he makes is somewhat drastic.

This was an interesting movie with some good performances, particularly by Burns. The Irish atmosphere, with the dimly lit bar, the beer-drinking, the Catholocism, and the sense of family, is right on. Elijah Wood, however, is absurd casting. He is too childlike and seems terribly out of place.

My problem with this film is that it's based on a ridiculous premise. Why, when you know you're supposed to be dead in order to risk being killed, would you after only 3 years walk into a neighborhood bar and have a drink? I can understand coming back and contacting your family - from somewhere else - and going out for a drink in another area. But the plot for me is built on a moronic idea that this guy was in his brother's apartment above the bar - dangerous enough - and then just for the helluva it went out. I just didn't buy it.

This is a dark film about sad people with sad lives. Much of what happened on Ash Wednesday could have been avoided if Sean had just stayed hidden. Certainly the script could have been written to make the plot more believable, to in a sense force Sean to return - finding out he had a child, learning his wife was sick, his mother was dying, whatever. Given the way it was done, the film did not work for me. I don't recommend it unless you want to be depressed and frustrated.

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