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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 »

Director:

Alan Parker

Writers:

Frank McCourt (book), Laura Jones (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Watson ... Angela McCourt
Robert Carlyle ... Malachy (Dad)
Joe Breen Joe Breen ... Young Frank
Ciaran Owens ... Middle Frank
Michael Legge ... Older Frank
Ronnie Masterson Ronnie Masterson ... Grandma Sheehan
Pauline McLynn ... Aunt Aggie
Liam Carney Liam Carney ... Uncle Pa Keating
Eanna MacLiam Eanna MacLiam ... Uncle Pat
Andrew Bennett Andrew Bennett ... Narrator (voice)
Shane Murray-Corcoran Shane Murray-Corcoran ... Young Malachy (as Shane Murray Corcoran)
Devon Murray ... Middle Malachy
Peter Halpin ... Older Malachy
Aaron Geraghty Aaron Geraghty ... New Born Michael
Sean Carney Daly Sean Carney Daly ... Baby Michael
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las cenizas de Ángela See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,628, 26 December 1999

Gross USA:

$13,042,112

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,042,112
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Young Frank doesn't have a cleft chin. Teenage Frank does. In real life, Frank McCourt doesn't have a cleft chin. See more »

Quotes

Malachy: It's poor I am. It's unlucky I am. But it's useless I am not.
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I suggest you read the book... and keep an open mind.
7 March 2004 | by QuincywsmithSee all my reviews

I've read both Angela's Ashes, and 'Tis (the sequal also by McCourt), and I think that really helped get a good perspective of what's going on. A lot happens that we aren't shown in the movie, which makes sense considering a word for word rendition of the text would be far too long.

But reading the book provides you with a little more background- more insight as to WHY the family is in the situation it is (the mother was "knocked up" and the two were forced into marriage and family life that probably NEITHER were ready for), and especially the impact of the death of the little baby girl had- most notable in the father.

All in all, it was a great film... seriously. It's the memories a poor Irish childhood- but the best part is that much of it is told through the eyes of a 'child' (even if its in retrospect). The reason that it is unique, I think, is that if the viewer is open enough, they can get beneath the obvious misery that we're pelted with and really see the innocence of a child through out the story.

I get really irritated with those that brush it off as "been there, done that", or "Woe is me, I was a poor Irish child." I think that shows ignorance and disgusting apathy- go watch a movie where stuff explodes to keep your feeble mind occupied, because you obviously are too shallow to understand what you're seeing. Imagine yourself as that child- in a nation full of families stuck in the same rut. This isn't some Hollywood drama concocted... this is(was) someone's LIFE. And the movie sticks very much to the book- I remembered many of the exact lines word for word from the text. Also... a few people have complained about the 'incomplete' ending. That's pretty much exactly where the book ends- read (horror of HORRORS!) the sequal, 'Tis, to find out the rest.

Either way- very touching film. Definitely dark and deep, and I recommend it to anyone who has an open mind.


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