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An alcoholic drifter spends Halloween in his home town of Albany, New York after returning there for the first time in decades.

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Francis Phelan
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Helen
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Annie Phelan
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Billy
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Peg
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Oscar Reo
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Katrina
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Rudy
Jake Dengel ...
Pee Wee
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Harold Allen
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Reverend Chester
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Rowdy Dick
Laura Esterman ...
Nora
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Jack
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Rosskam
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Librarian
Richard Hamilton ...
Donovan
Black-Eyed Susan ...
Clara
Louise Phillips ...
Flower Girl
Marjorie Slocum ...
Elderly Woman
Lena Spencer ...
Slatternly Woman
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Fat Woman with Turkey
Paul A. DiCocco Jr. ...
Bus Driver
Priscilla Smith ...
Sandra
James Dukas ...
Finny
Jared Swartout ...
Guard Captain
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Pocono Pete
Martin Patterson ...
Foxy Phil Tooker
Terry O'Reilly ...
Aldo Campione
Michael O'Gorman ...
Strike Leader
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Young Francis
Jordan Valdina ...
Youth at Strike
Louis St. Louis ...
Piano Man
John Wright ...
Goblin
Robin Wood-Chappelle ...
Goblin
Nicole Weden ...
Goblin
Peter Pryor ...
Goblin
Duane Scholz ...
Goblin
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Goblin
Lois Barden Stilley ...
Mrs. Dillon
Cori Irwin ...
Young Girl
Pamela Payton-Wright ...
Mother
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Clerk
Phyllis Gottung ...
Old Woman
James Yoham ...
Bald Man
Ean Egas ...
Danny
Nebraska Brace ...
Andy
Jeff Morris ...
Michigan Mac
William Duell ...
Moose
George Rafferty ...
Raider
Robert Manion ...
Raider
Pat Devane ...
Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paulie DiCocco III ...
Homeless Boy on Street (uncredited)
John Farnan ...
Strike Leader's Right Hand Man (uncredited)
Luke L. Hansen ...
Baseball Player (uncredited)
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Businessman (uncredited)
Michael Trout ...
Hooverville Resident (uncredited)

Directed by

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Hector Babenco

Written by

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William Kennedy ... (novel)
 
William Kennedy ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Keith Barish ... producer
Denis Blouin ... executive producer
Rob Cohen ... executive producer
C.O. Erickson ... co-producer
Sean Hepburn Ferrer ... associate producer: prep only (as Sean H. Ferrer)
Joseph H. Kanter ... executive producer
Gene Kirkwood ... co-producer
Marcia Nasatir ... producer
David Weisman ... creative producer (uncredited)

Music by

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John Morris

Cinematography by

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Lauro Escorel

Film Editing by

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Anne Goursaud

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Craig Conwell ... first assistant film editor
Bob Noland ... negative timer
Jimmy Sandoval ... assistant film editor
Lisa Trachtenberg ... post-production coordinator
Lisa M. Varney ... apprentice film editor

Casting By

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Bonnie Timmermann

Production Design by

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Jeannine Oppewall

Art Direction by

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Robert Guerra

Set Decoration by

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Leslie Pope

Costume Design by

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Joseph G. Aulisi

Makeup Department

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Milton Buras ... hair stylist: Mr. Nicholson
Victor DeNicola ... hair stylist (as Victor De Nicola Jr.)
David Forrest ... makeup supervisor (as David Craig Forrest)
J. Roy Helland ... hair stylist: Ms. Streep / makeup artist: Ms. Streep
Dorothy J. Pearl ... makeup artist: Mr. Nicholson (as Dorothy Pearl)
Marie-Ange Ripka ... key hair stylist
Toni Trimble ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Myron Adams ... unit production manager
Nick Anderson ... post-production supervisor
C.O. Erickson ... unit production manager
Sue Bea Montgomery ... post-production supervisor (as Sue Bea Belknap)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Sarah M. Brim ... second second assistant director
Robert Roda ... second assistant director
Albert M. Shapiro ... first assistant director (as Albert Shapiro)

Art Department

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Tommy Allen ... property master (as Thomas C. Allen)
Jeff Balsmeyer ... storyboard artist
Joan Brockschmidt ... greensperson
Thomas E. Brown ... paint foreman
Teresa Carriker-Thayer ... assistant art director (as Teresa M. Carriker)
Anthony Dunne ... installation foreman
Richard Galante ... installation foreman
Nancy Gilmore ... set dresser
Susie Goulder ... set dresser (as Susan M. Goulder)
Bruce Lee Gross ... head set dresser
Sandy Hamilton ... assistant property master
Betsy Klompus ... second set dresser
George Kouzoujian ... installation foreman
Beth Kuhn ... assistant art director
Leigh Kyle ... set dresser
Ben Massi ... master set painter
Octavio Molina ... set dresser
Ken Nelson ... shop foreman
Jonathan O'Connell ... master set painter (as Jon O'Connell)
Elaine O'Donnell ... second set decorator
Joseph Petruccio Sr. ... construction coordinator
Enno Poersch ... assistant art director
John Root ... signwriter supervisor
Clare Scarpulla ... assistant art director
Berta Segall ... assistant to production designer
Denis Zack ... set dresser (as Denis A. Zack)
David H. Allen ... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)
Mark Harrington ... on-set prop assistant (uncredited)
Eric Matheson ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Barbara Barnaby ... dialogue editor
Kevin B. Barron ... assistant sound editor (as Kevin L. Poor)
Mark Boisseau ... assistant sound editor
Virginia Cook-McGowan ... dialogue editor (as Virginia A. Cook-McGowan)
Tommy Dorsett ... apprentice sound editor
Juno J. Ellis ... adr editor
Julia Evershade ... sound effects editor
John P. Fasal ... sound effects recordist (as John Paul Fasal)
Linda Folk ... foley editor
Sukey Fontelieu ... sound effects editor
Kimberly Harris ... sound effects editor
Ellen Heuer ... foley artist
Robert J. Litt ... re-recording mixer
Danny Michael ... sound recordist
Greg Orloff ... foley mixer
Jayme S. Parker ... dialogue editor
Stephen Purvis ... adr editor
Brenda Ray ... boom operator
John Roesch ... foley artist
Victoria Rose Sampson ... supervising sound editor
Solange S. Schwalbe ... foley supervisor (as Solange Schwalbe Boisseau)
B. Tennyson Sebastian II ... re-recording mixer
Elliot Tyson ... re-recording mixer
Carolyn Tapp ... foley recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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William D. Harrison ... special effects assistant (as William Dale Harrison)
Steven Kirshoff ... special effects coordinator (as Steve Kirshoff)

Visual Effects by

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Paul Boyington ... visual effects supervisor
Mark Moore ... visual effects production head (uncredited)

Stunts

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Alan Gibbs ... stunt coordinator
Andy Gill ... stunts
Rick Avery ... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Epper ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Arthur Blum ... dolly grip
Jim Crispi ... camera operator: second unit
Claudio Edinger ... still photographer
Jonathan Graham ... grip
Mark Kahn ... lighting technician
Pamela Katz ... second assistant camera
Richard C. Kerekes ... dolly grip
Michael Leonard ... assistant Steadicam operator
Mitchell Andrew Lillian ... key grip (as Mitchell Lillian)
Constantine Makris ... camera operator
Larry McConkey ... steadicam operator
Edward J. Pei ... camera operator: second unit (as Edward Pei)
Carl Peterson ... best boy grip (as Carl N. Peterson)
Toby Phillips ... Steadicam operator
Rick Raphael ... steadicam operator
Michael Slovis ... gaffer
John Thomas ... best boy (as John A. Thomas)
Jeffery J. Tufano ... additional first assistant camera
Joel David Warren ... still photographer (as Joel Warren)
Paul Weller ... vtr operator
Zachary Winestine ... first assistant camera
James Donahue ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Aleta Chappelle ... location casting (as Aleta Wood-Chappelle)
Lisa Parks ... location casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Elin Bjorkman ... wardrobe supervisor (as Ellie Bjorkman)
Alba Censoplano ... costumer: Ms. Streep
Barbara Hause ... wardrobe supervisor
Barbara Matera ... costumes executed by
Eric H. Sandberg ... costumer: men
Heidi Shulman ... wardrobe assistant
Miki Stedile ... wardrobe assistant
Lloyd K. Waiwaiole ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Vibeke Arntzen ... assistant location manager
Dwight D. Hill ... location projectionist
John K. Hill ... location projectionist
Stan Mendoza ... location manager

Music Department

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Toby Fitch ... music researcher
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator
Gary Leib ... music researcher
Eugene Marks ... music editor
Armin Steiner ... music scoring mixer

Transportation Department

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Paulie DiCocco ... driver: Jack Nicholson
Colleen Kahl Robilotto ... transportation captain
Ken Lubin ... transportation coordinator (as Kenneth Lubin)
Raymond K. Greene ... transportation captain (uncredited)

Other crew

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Laurie A. Bailey ... accounting assistant
Jenny Bancroft ... assistant: Mr. Barish
Daniel Bickel ... production coordinator
Dawn LeDuke Calcaterra ... assistant: Mr. Barish
Donald Carpentier ... consultant: historic design (as Donald Carpenter)
Christina Cassidy ... production office assistant
Albert Cho ... production assistant
Robert Dawson ... production consultant / title designer: main titles
Karen Gordon ... production accountant
Janice Irwin ... production office assistant
Katherine Kennedy ... assistant production coordinator (as Katherine A. Kennedy)
Michael Klastorin ... unit publicist
Andrew Lipson ... production assistant
Maria Marini ... assistant production accountant (as Maria A. Marini)
Annie Marshall ... assistant: Mr. Nicholson
David Martino ... production office assistant
Sue Bea Montgomery ... assistant: Mr. Babenco (as Sue Bea Belknap)
Karen Morris ... liaison: Los Angeles
Dana Nelson ... production assistant (as Dana Rafferty)
Paul Andrew O'Bryan ... craft service
S. Bernard Parè ... assistant: Mr. Blouin
Tony Payne ... assistant: Mr. Babenco
Danis Regal-O'Connell ... production coordinator
Pattee Roedig ... representative: Cine Guarantors
Cornelia 'Nini' Rogan ... script supervisor (as Cornelia Rogan)
Tamara Weiss ... assistant: Ms. Streep
Paul Byrne Prenderville ... production assistant (uncredited)
Gwynn Press ... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery and visits the grave of his infant son whom he dropped; visions of his past haunt him, including ghosts of two men he killed. That night, out drinking, Helen tries to sing at a bar. Next day, Fran visits his wife and children and meets a grandson. He could stay, but decides it's not for him. Helen gets their things out of storage and finds a hotel. Amidst their mistakes and dereliction, the film explores their code of fairness and loyalty. Written by

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Also Known As
  • Ironweed - La force du destin (France)
  • Wolfsmilch (Germany)
  • Tallo de hierro (Spain)
  • Iarba rãului (Romania)
  • Jernurt (Denmark)
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Runtime
  • 143 min
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Box Office

Budget $27,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $36,973, 20 Dec 1987

Did You Know?

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Trivia Jack Nicholson's contract included a clause which allowed him to leave the shooting location to attend all Los Angeles Lakers basketball games. See more »
Goofs When the vigilantes' cars approach the hobo camp, they are observed across the steel-ribbed top of a boxcar with no running board, impossible in 1938. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Moonstruck/Overboard/September/*Batteries Not Included/Ironweed (1987). See more »
Soundtracks He's Me Pal See more »
Quotes Rudy: Doc says I got cancer. First thing I ever got.
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