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In America (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  31 October 2003 (Ireland)
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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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Emma Bolger ...
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Immigration Officer #1
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Immigration Officer #2
Ciaran Cronin ...
Frankie
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Papo (as Juan Hernandez)
Nye Heron ...
Blind Man
Jason Salkey ...
Tony
Rene Millan ...
Steve
Sara James ...
Papo's Girlfriend
Bob Gallico ...
Theatre Director
Jason Killalee ...
Assistant Theatre Director
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Following the tragic death of their two-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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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, drug references, brief violence and language | See all certifications »

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31 October 2003 (Ireland)  »

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$205,229 (USA) (28 November 2003)

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$15,539,266 (USA) (4 June 2004)
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During casting calls, director Jim Sheridan recalls that after a long day of auditions, he was very glad to have found Emma Bolger to play Ariel. He said that that little girl "told" him that he had to cast her sister Sarah Bolger as Christy. Sarah was only 10, and he had wanted Chirsty to be 12 or 13. After exhausting all other options, he auditioned Sarah for the part of Christy and she turned out to be so impressive that he didn't mind about her age. See more »

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When talking about Christy's blood, Johnny's position changes between shots several times. See more »

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

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Performed and Produced by Lisa Gerrard & Pieter Bourke
Written by Lisa Gerrard, Pieter Bourke, Madjid Khaladj
Published by Univerdal / Momentum Music Ltd. / Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of 4AD Limited
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Fantastic children makes it a TEN
22 February 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is a story about a couple and their two daughters from Ireland, who immigrates to America after a very severe loss. They find themselves in New York, Manhattan to start their new life.

Jim Sheridan wrote this script along with his daughter Naomi out of their own life experiences. Sheridan did of course sit in the director chair as well, and when you are about to tell such a personal and emotional part of your life, like this story, it feels like some movies can sometimes tip over to either "the too sweet and sugar side" or "the too teary and crying side". But Jim Sheridan balances the movie perfect without tipping over, it is a brilliant script and its very well told.

The parents are played by Samantha Morton and Paddy Considine, both very good, but I can not help myself to be most impressed by Sarah and Emma Bolger who plays the two daughters in the family, here Sheridan found the goldmine. Sarah, the older of the in real life sisters, works as the voice that carry the movie forward in a well chosen speed. She see how great the loss is to the family and that the parents sometimes have problems fighting off the anxiety that lurks underneath the surface. Her expression in the face in some scenes witness of the load she carries. Fantastic.

The little one, Emma who plays Ariel does it with such charm that you just melt like butter in the desert. But how much charm you may be able to spray from yourself, you can not go the whole way without that special gift called acting, and of course Emma delivers a well wrapped package here. She has some emotional scenes that WILL move you. Fantastic.

Djimon Hounsou shows up as a neighbour to the family in a role of remembrance.

This movie has a place in my heart, see it and it will comfortable place itself somewhere in your heart too.


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