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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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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
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Steve
Sara James ...
Papo's Girlfriend
Bob Gallico ...
Theatre Director
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Assistant Theatre Director
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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

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

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6 February 2004 (USA)  »

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Tierra de sueños  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£284,259 (UK) (31 October 2003)

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

Jim Sheridan said in interview that the character of Frankie, the dead son, was based Frankie Sheridan, his late brother. The film is dedicated to this Frankie in closing credits. See more »

Goofs

The early scenes, when the family first arrive in New York, are set in summertime, yet they drive through Midtown at night past people dressed in winter clothing, a Christmas-season Target billboard, and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas tree. 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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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to Frankie Sheridan See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Karma Chameleon
(1983)
Performed by Culture Club
Written by Boy George (as G. O'Dowd), Jon Moss (as J. Moss), Mikey Craig (as M. Craig),
Roy Hay (as R. Hay) and Phil Pickett (as P. Pickett)
Published by EMI Virgin Music Ltd. / 19 Music Ltd. / BMG Music Ltd.
Licensed by courtesy of Virgin Records Limited
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Odd man out
12 May 2004 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"In America" is about an Irish family of four who enter America at the Canadian border, sell their car for money, take up residence in a slum-like walkup in NYC inhabited by losers and druggies, and proceed to do really stupid things like let their little girls eat ice cream across the street unattended or bet all their money on a stupid carney game or enter an unknown black man's apartment while trick or treating. The film continues from there fabricating, manufacturing, and contriving moments with the obvious purpose of evoking emotions...joy, pathos, angst, woe, etc. And it worked. I could go on but anything I write will simply be lost in the wake of plaudits from all corners. "In America" is a hugely popular flick with a good cast, excellent performances, and solid production value recommended for everyone but me. (B)


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