In America (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  6 February 2004 (USA)
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A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Bolger ...
Immigration Officer #1
Immigration Officer #2
Ciaran Cronin ...
Papo (as Juan Hernandez)
Nye Heron ...
Blind Man
Jason Salkey ...
Sara James ...
Papo's Girlfriend
Bob Gallico ...
Theatre Director
Assistant Theatre Director


Following the tragic death of their five-year-old son Frankie, Irish couple Johnny and Sarah Sullivan and their remaining two offspring, 10 year old Christy Sullivan and 5 year old Ariel Sullivan, emigrate illegally to the United States via Canada with little in their pockets. Their final destination is Manhattan where Johnny hopes to work as a stage actor. They move into a unit in a run town tenement housed primarily with drug addicts, transvestites and one tenant coined "the man who screams". They do whatever they can to eke out a supportive family environment in this difficult situation, the support which ultimately extends to those around them, most specifically "the screamer" who turns out to be an African-American artist named Mateo with AIDS. But the memory of Frankie hangs over the family in good and bad ways, especially as Sarah learns she's pregnant. Christy, who records their life's goings-on with her beloved camcorder, believes that the angel of Frankie has granted her ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, drug references, brief violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 February 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tierra de sueños  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£284,259 (UK) (31 October 2003)


$15,539,266 (USA) (4 June 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally written to take place in 1982 when E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) first came out, budget cuts obligated it to be set in 2002 when it was made. Coincidentally, the 20th anniversary edition of ET played in many cinemas in 2002, so that plot point didn't have to be changed. See more »


When the Sullivans have Mateo over for dinner on Halloween night, they serve Colcannon: mashed potatoes with curly kale (or cabbage). Without a break in the action, the father leaves the table and the Colcannon has been replaced with bread. See more »


[first lines]
Christy: [voiceover] There's some things you should wish for and some things you shouldn't. That's what my little brother Frankie told me. He told me I only had three wishes, and I looked into his eyes, and I don't know why I believed him.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to ... staff and patients at Grangegorman, Dublin, ... residents of Parnell Street, Dublin ... See more »


Featured in 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) See more »


Performed by Sarah Bolger
Composed by Don Henley and Glenn Frey
© Cass County Music / Red Cloud Music / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Limited
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Simply the finest film I've seen this year. What a thrilling experience.
16 November 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

As a film director I attend many screenings. As a film lover I have been going to films all my life since I was a "kid" in the Bronx. This film, "In America" is one for the ages. Not one false note or as we say in the "biz"--not one hiccup. Jim Sheridan has been a extraordinary film-maker since "My Left Foot"--but this film is simply beyond words!

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