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Ash Wednesday (2002)

R | | Crime, Drama | 19 March 2004 (UK)
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Ash Wednesday is set in the Manhattan of the early 1980's and is about a pair of Irish-American brothers (Burns and Wood) who become embroiled in a conflict with the Irish Mob.

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Edward Burns

Writer:

Edward Burns

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Burns ... Cousin Mike Moran
Vincent Rubino Vincent Rubino ... Vinny Boombata
James Michael Cummings ... J.C. (as James Cummings)
Elijah Wood ... Sean Sullivan
Pat McNamara Pat McNamara ... Murph
John DiResta ... Pete at the Bar
Edward Burns ... Francis Sullivan
Malachy McCourt ... Whitey
Chris McGovern Chris McGovern ... Whitey's Driver (as Christopher McGovern)
Peter Gerety ... Uncle Handy
Jimmy Burke Jimmy Burke ... Red Kelly (as James Burke)
Stephen Murphy Stephen Murphy ... Whitey's Man
Brian Delate ... Crazy George Cullen
Teresa Yenque ... Mrs. Diaz
Julie Hale ... Maggie Shea
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Storyline

Hell's Kitchen on Ash Wednesday, 1983. Rumors are flying that Francis Sullivan's younger brother Sean, dead for three years, has reappeared. If he wasn't killed by rivals, then old scores still need settling, putting Fran and Sean in danger. An upstart is pressuring the local mob boss, who's Fran's protector; Sean's wife, who thinks she's a widow, has gotten on with her life, but Sean has come back for her. The parish priest, part of the initial deception, is frightened. Bad guys with guns are closing in. Can Fran get Sean and his wife out of the city, avoid a war between rival factions, and hold onto new-found morality? Will the cross of ashes on his forehead protect him? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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an Edward Burns film

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 March 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Quarta-Feira de Cinzas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,942, 13 October 2002

Gross USA:

$2,942

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,442
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

In the opening scene when Sean Sullivan shots the three guys in the bathroom you hear 3 gunshots (there is no visual of the event here). At time index 1:12:18, Sean Sullivan goes to the bathroom and shots the three guys, you hear four gunshots See more »

Quotes

Francis: They thought you were the smart one? I must've looked like a friggin' retard!
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References Black & White (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Be Thou My Vision
Traditional
Arranged, Produced and Performed by Matthew Ryan
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Not great but OK
14 November 2004 | by LatigoMeansSee all my reviews

First of all, it could have been shorter due to the redundant establishment of the primary story line. A couple more scenes of Ed Burns walking around the streets with that boring musical theme and I may have given up on this film.

Elijah Wood was totally miscast. A more wrong casting of the role of Sean is not imaginable. OK, maybe imaginable if you include Pee Wee Herman. I agree with another writer here that Oliver Platt could've gotten some more dialog and scenes, but that's what it is. He probably liked the idea of playing a heavy for a change. He should do more I think.

I figured the closing scenes to a "T"... from the saloon showdown to the reason for the crew cap and peacoat. I claim no particular brilliance, it seemed pretty obvious.

All in all I'd say watch it when it appears on cable, save the rental fee. A 6.5 - 7.0 rating is generous but I like Ed Burns, stories about Irish street hoods and a plus when it's Hells Kitchen in NYC instead of the Southies. No offense Boston.


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