"Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land. And when the widow who owns the field decides to sell the field in a public ... See full summary »
A doctor who's child was killed in the 1988 terrorist attack that caused a commercial jetliner to crash over Lockerbi, Scotland, is unconvinced that those where were sentenced for the crime were the real terrorists behind the bombing.
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
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 »
When Christy is helping Johnny learn his lines at the café (after visiting Sarah in the hospital), Ariel's two front teeth are adult teeth. In the next scene, when Ariel and Christy are in bed, they are back to being baby teeth. See more »
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 »
Baby I'm Real
Performed by Kid Creole and The Coconuts (as Kid Creole & The Coconuts)
Written by Kid Creole
Published by Ascot Music for the world, Lovecat Music and Jessica & Jonathan Music for USA & Canada
Courtesy of Atoll Music and Lovecat Music
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group See more »
Irish stereotype of plain dumbness mixed with cloying sweetness wins out in this hokey story.
A totally implausible concept, unless you really think this is how naive, dumb, clueless and sugar-sweet the Irish are, this corn-ball movie keeps you waiting to see what will this hapless couple do next? Because they thrust themselves into the filthy maw of uptown New York and because this couple brings with them two of the best little actresses since Shirley Temple, it does keep your attention. How in the world will they survive? Cheap cine tricks like menacing looks, and ominous music add to the faux suspense of the story which will have to end....guess how? And it does. My wife cracked that I am intolerant. In fact, the movie makers themselves are the condescending ones. But if you love smart little girls don't miss this one. Just keep your expectations under control. Sort of like hanging over the edge to kiss the Blarney Stone.
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