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Ash Wednesday (2002)

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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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Taglines:

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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Details

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,942, 13 October 2002
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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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Connections

References Black & White (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Your Captain
Written by Mark Farner
Performed by Grand Funk Railroad
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Capitol Music Special Markets
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Could have been better
31 December 2006 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This is a film about an ex mafia leader getting into trouble with gangs because his dead brother reappeared in the neighbourhood.

The film is initially boring because of poor character development. The film does not tell people what is happening very well, and only towards the middle do people get an idea what on earth was in fact happening. Elijah Wood is obviously miscast. Elijah Wood is very unconvincing as Edward Burns' younger brother, in fact he looks more like the son of Edward Burns. Looks, height, age and physique wise they are too different from each other. This makes the film a lot less credible than it should have been. Otherwise, the plot is not bad, the direction is good, and the sets are nicely done.


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