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In America (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama | 6 February 2004 (USA)
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

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Emma Bolger ...
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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
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Steve
Sara James ...
Papo's Girlfriend
Bob Gallico ...
Theatre Director
Jason Killalee ...
Assistant Theatre Director
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Storyline

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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6 February 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tierra de sueños  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£284,259 (United Kingdom), 2 November 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$205,229, 30 November 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,539,266, 6 June 2004
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Trivia

The street fair scene was filmed on Parnell Street in Dublin, Ireland. The street was closed for three days for filming. A closed burger shop was used as a green room for cold extras. See more »

Goofs

After seeing Mateo at the hospital, Johnny's position on the stairs changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in Well Wishes (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Der Fischer
(1815)
Performed by Aylish E. Kerrigan, mezzosoprano
Accompanied by Andreas Kenten, piano
Composed by Franz Schubert
Text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (as J.W.V. Goethe)
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Just A Nice Story About Irish Immigrants
8 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was simply a nice human-interest story with some mumbo-jumbo voodoo stuff thrown in because filmmakers like that sort of thing.

Basically, it's about a nice Irish family which immigrates to the United States and resides in New York. These are poor people, but not the destitute situation of, let's say, the McCourt family from "Angela's Ashes."

What stood out to me were the nice, cute little girls in this family, played by real- life sisters, Emma and Sarah Bolger. They were the kind of sweet kids you wish you'd see more of in modern films. Paddy Considine and Samantha Morton played the parents, "Johnny and Sarah" nicely and Djimon Hounson played the nice neighbor with the strange powers.

Overall, it's a pleasant, positive feel-good film.


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