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An Irish immigrant family adjusts to life in the United States.

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Cast

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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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

31 October 2003 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Tierra de sueños  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Ewan McGregor and Kate Winslet were originally approach to play Johnny and Sarah at the film's early stages of production when it was entitled "East of Harlem". See more »

Goofs

When Johnny is carrying the air conditioner, he turns and we see through the grill that's it's empty. 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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Time Enough for Tears
(2002)
Performed by Andrea Corr
Written by Bono, Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer
Recorded and Mixed by Andrew Boland at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
Produced by Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer
Published by Blue Mountain Music UK and Universal / MCA Music Ltd.
Andrea Corr appears courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
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life and death
27 December 2005 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

An Irish family settles in a rundown Manhattan tenement apartment not because of famine back home but to overcome their sadness about the accidental death of their young son. The father (Paddy Considine) gets work as a taxi driver but his real ambition is to be a stage actor. On one audition the director tells him acting comes from the gut and not the head. It's a great role for Considine, who shows frustration and struggle as if he's been there himself. It's a nicely detailed, graphic look at the family emotions and the environment, a new, exciting, and at times dangerous world which is beautifully captured in some terrific scenes, one of which at a carnival with Considine nearly losing every dollar they have while trying to win an ET doll for his daughter, is practically brilliant.


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