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Agnes Browne (1999)

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The unexpected death of her husband sends a woman and her seven children, ages 2-14, into emotional turmoil and financial crisis in 1967 Dublin. She is forced to borrow money from a ... See full summary »

Director:

Anjelica Huston

Writers:

Brendan O'Carroll (novel), John Goldsmith (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anjelica Huston ... Agnes Browne
Marion O'Dwyer ... Marion Monks
Niall O'Shea Niall O'Shea ... Mark Browne
Ciaran Owens ... Frankie Browne
Roxanna Nic Liam Roxanna Nic Liam ... Cathy Browne (as Roxanna Williams)
Carl Power Carl Power ... Simon Browne
Mark Power Mark Power ... Dermot Browne
Gareth O'Connor Gareth O'Connor ... Rory Browne
James Lappin James Lappin ... Trevor Browne
Ray Winstone ... Mr. Billy
Arno Chevrier Arno Chevrier ... Pierre
Gerard McSorley ... Mr. Aherne
Tom Jones ... Himself
June Rodgers June Rodgers ... Fat Annie
Jennifer Gibney ... Winnie the Mackerel
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Storyline

The unexpected death of her husband sends a woman and her seven children, ages 2-14, into emotional turmoil and financial crisis in 1967 Dublin. She is forced to borrow money from a ruthless loan shark to make ends meet. She faces her dismal existence by selling fruits and vegetables at an open air market where she spends time with a best friend who gives her encouragement. Wishing to escape her existence, if only for a short time, she dreams of finding enough money to attend an upcoming Tom Jones concert. She realizes her dream by accepting her first date with a French baker. Her kids pool their money so she can buy a new dress. Of course, eventually the family has to face the loan shark, but this is a movie where obstacles are maybe too easily overcome. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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money | dream | loan | loan shark | dress | See All (118) »

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When Agnes Browne's husband died, she discovered something amazing... Herself.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mammy See more »

Filming Locations:

Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,322, 5 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$140,426, 19 March 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

During the filming of the movie, Anjelica Huston was "arrested" on Dublin's Moore Street. She had been convinced by some of the street stall owners to try doing her sales pitch for real. As a joke someone informed the local beat Garda that there was someone selling on Moore Street without a trader's licence. Not recognizing Anjelica Huston, the officer in question detained her. He saw the funny side of it when it was revealed who she was and what she was doing and let her go. See more »

Goofs

When Agnes Browne is having the cucumber slices removed from her face we see her friends laughing. One female friend is seen laughing wearing glasses and immediately again wearing no glasses. See more »

Quotes

Marion Monks: We're here for a good time, not a long time. And having a friend like you is as good as it gets.
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Magnificat Cum Alleluia
Arranged & Performed by Noirin Ni Riain
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Poetry, compared to other recent movies about working-class women in Ireland
9 March 2000 | by a.sandhamSee all my reviews

This is an excellent picture of the life of working-class women on the housing estates ('projects' to Americans,probably as true now as in the 'sixties, as well as being a very good movie for women actors. The men are cyphers but the women and children are real enough. The colour is almost real (compared to Angela's Ashes), the dialogue believable, the dress and make-up accurate, in fact the design of the whole piece is convincing and satisfying visually and its sentimentality is not so sweet as to stick to back of the teeth. Anjelica Huston is unselfish. I have my doubts about Tom Jones' scenes at the end, but nothing's perfect. I find it growing on me as I look back on it.


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