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In America (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama | 6 February 2004 (USA)
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A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child.

Director:

Jim Sheridan
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 61 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paddy Considine ... Johnny
Samantha Morton ... Sarah
Sarah Bolger ... Christy
Emma Bolger ... Ariel
Neal Jones ... Immigration Officer #1
Randall Carlton ... Immigration Officer #2
Ciaran Cronin Ciaran Cronin ... Frankie
Djimon Hounsou ... Mateo
Juan Carlos Hernández ... Papo (as Juan Hernandez)
Nye Heron Nye Heron ... Blind Man
Jason Salkey ... Tony
Rene Millan ... Steve
Sara James Sara James ... Papo's Girlfriend
Bob Gallico Bob Gallico ... Theatre Director
Jason Killalee Jason Killalee ... Assistant Theatre Director
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Storyline

Following the tragic death of their five-year-old son Frankie, Irish couple Johnny and Sarah Sullivan and their remaining two offspring, 10 year old Christy Sullivan and 5 year old Ariel Sullivan, emigrate illegally to the United States via Canada with little in their pockets. Their final destination is Manhattan where Johnny hopes to work as a stage actor. They move into a unit in a run town tenement housed primarily with drug addicts, transvestites and one tenant coined "the man who screams". They do whatever they can to eke out a supportive family environment in this difficult situation, the support which ultimately extends to those around them, most specifically "the screamer" who turns out to be an African-American artist named Mateo with AIDS. But the memory of Frankie hangs over the family in good and bad ways, especially as Sarah learns she's pregnant. Christy, who records their life's goings-on with her beloved camcorder, believes that the angel of Frankie has granted her ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

One family's coming of age story.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, drug references, brief violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Irish

Release Date:

6 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tierra de sueños See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£284,259 (United Kingdom), 2 November 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$205,229, 30 November 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,539,266, 6 June 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally written to take place in 1982 when E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) first came out, budget cuts obligated it to be set in 2002 when it was made. Coincidentally, the 20th anniversary edition of ET played in many cinemas in 2002, so that plot point didn't have to be changed. See more »

Goofs

The film is supposed to be set in 1982, but it is clear that there has been little attention to period detail. Most prominent among the many anachronisms is the family's frequent use of a camcorder with an in-built color monitor - something that would not be commercially available for at least another decade. Even then, it would have been well beyond the price range of an impoverished immigrant family. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Christy: [voiceover] There's some things you should wish for and some things you shouldn't. That's what my little brother Frankie told me. He told me I only had three wishes, and I looked into his eyes, and I don't know why I believed him.
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Connections

Referenced in The Big Picture: November 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby I'm Real
(1995)
Performed by Kid Creole and The Coconuts (as Kid Creole & The Coconuts)
Written by Kid Creole
Published by Ascot Music for the world, Lovecat Music and Jessica & Jonathan Music for USA & Canada
Courtesy of Atoll Music and Lovecat Music
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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A touching, magical film
30 December 2005 | by rebeljennSee all my reviews

'In America' is a film about a family of Irish immigrants who move to Manhattan and face some hard times in America. The story is primarily told through the eyes of the little girls, and they go through the hard times of adjusting to a new life while learning loss and gain. There is a sense of magic and cultural identity in the film, and this makes it even much more touching when told through the eyes of the little girls who have had their lives turned upside down in the search for a new and better life in America. In some places, it is a little too sweet and magical, but I don't think it ruins the film because it is told through the eyes of the girl, and I am certain that many more immigrant families went through experiences like this and even worse than this. I also thought that the acting by the little girls was done well. It's a sweet film; it's a little sad, and it's magical. It just made me feel all warm inside. Go see it for yourself and see if you get caught up in the magic as much as I did.


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