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Angela's Ashes (1999)

R | | Drama | 21 January 2000 (USA)
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Based on the best-selling autobiography by Irish expatriate Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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... Angela McCourt
... Malachy (Dad)
Joe Breen ... Young Frank
... Middle Frank
... Older Frank
Ronnie Masterson ... Grandma Sheehan
... Aunt Aggie
Liam Carney ... Uncle Pa Keating
Eanna MacLiam ... Uncle Pat
Andrew Bennett ... Narrator (voice)
Shane Murray-Corcoran ... Young Malachy (as Shane Murray Corcoran)
... Middle Malachy
... Older Malachy
Aaron Geraghty ... New Born Michael
Sean Carney Daly ... Baby Michael
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Based on the best-selling autobiography by Irish expatriate Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film opens with the family in Brooklyn, but following the death of one of Frankie's siblings, they return home, only to find the situation there even worse. Prejudice against Frankie's Northern Irish father makes his search for employment in the Republic difficult despite his having fought for the I.R.A., and when he does find money, he spends it on drink. Written by KB-26

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The Hopes of a Mother. The Dreams of a Father. The Fate of a Child.

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Drama

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Rated R for sexual content and some language | See all certifications »

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21 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las cenizas de Ángela  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,628, 26 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,038,660, 21 May 2000
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Interior church scenes were shot in a Dublin studio. Because of its controversial content, the production was denied permission to shoot in any Limerick churches. See more »

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When Frankie and his family are tearing down a wall to burn it, the picture of the pope is on the bed in one shot (at 1:34:03) before Frankie takes it off the wall and puts it on the bed (at 1:34:05). See more »

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Theresa: Lord, you might be scrawny, but that's a fine boyo you have there.
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The Mummy
from The Mummy (1932)
Music by James Dietrich
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Watch it for Watson!
25 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

By rights, 'Angela's Ashes', Alan Parker's film of Frank McCourt's account of growing up in astonishingly deprived conditions in the impoverished theocracy of inter-war Ireland, should be unwatchable: just how much misery can a viewer be expected to take? But in fact, Parker tunes the misery level to perfection, and the movie is never as gruelling as its subject matter might lead one to expect. And while it doesn't quite have the emotional impact of the work, say, of Ken Loach, our foremost chronicler of contemporary poverty, there are still fine performances from all of the cast, most especially from the luminous Emily Watson (playing the eponymous Angela, whose ashes, however, appear to have disappeared from the screenplay). There are some nice stylistic touches as well: Limerick may be one of the wettest cities in Europe, but in this film, it lives under a perpetual cloud, though it gets a little brighter when the hapless heroes move into a slightly better class of house. But only a little. This is a movie that leaves you with a sense of sheer amazement and horror at how recently people lived in worse conditions than we would treat animals; and at the scale of the social and economic transformation that Ireland has undergone in McCourt's lifetime. And also at the unrivalled brilliance of Watson's skills as an actress.


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