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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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Grandma Sheehan
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Liam Carney ...
Uncle Pa Keating
Eanna MacLiam ...
Uncle Pat
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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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$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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Martin Benson's last film. See more »

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The Statue of Liberty has a solid, gold-plated flame, installed in 1984. See more »

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Angela McCourt: [Showing Oliver a painting of Jesus] That's the baby Jesus. And if you ever need anything, you should pray to him.
Young Malachy: [Whispered to Frankie] Could you tell Jesus that we're hungry?
Young Frank: Shut up!
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Referenced in Spaced: Dissolution (2001) See more »

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Agitato No.1
Music by Max Steiner
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An evoking look at Irish life
19 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

Angela's Ashes is a well made picture, and one of the better movie to come out this year. Also, this film is Alan Parker's best since Pink Floyd's The Wall. The picture evokes a feeling of sorrow for the young Frank McCourt, in a tale that never has any definite answers, it just leaves them open. The acting is superb, mainly by Emily Watson as the loving mother Angela McCout and Robert carlyle who gives his best performance since Trainspotting here as the father with almost three different personalities. We watch as young Frank goes through three periods of his life in the poverish Ireland and thankfully in the end everything turns out OK. This makes the film even better. Along with a gentle and moving score (by oscar winner John Williams), this film is very provocative, touching and dramatic. Well done.


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