7.8/10
38,298
279 user 139 critic

In America (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama | 6 February 2004 (USA)
Trailer
2:00 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
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:

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

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Johnny
... Sarah
... Christy
... Ariel
... Immigration Officer #1
... Immigration Officer #2
Ciaran Cronin ... Frankie
... Mateo
... Papo (as Juan Hernandez)
Nye Heron ... Blind Man
... Tony
... Steve
Sara James ... Papo's Girlfriend
Bob Gallico ... Theatre Director
Jason Killalee ... Assistant Theatre Director
Edit

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 »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

| |

Release Date:

6 February 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tierra de sueños  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The street fair scene was filmed on Parnell Street in Dublin, Ireland. The street was closed for three days for filming. A closed burger shop was used as a green room for cold extras. See more »

Goofs

In the ball throwing scene at the carnival, as Johnny throws the last ball and the camera goes to a blurry slow-motion movement, you can see that the ball is still in his hand as it goes down yet a ball is seen entering the hole. 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.
See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Flying Theme E.T.
(1982)
Composed by John Williams (as J. Williams)
Published by Universal / MCA Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Universal Pictures
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Simply the finest film I've seen this year. What a thrilling experience.
16 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

As a film director I attend many screenings. As a film lover I have been going to films all my life since I was a "kid" in the Bronx. This film, "In America" is one for the ages. Not one false note or as we say in the "biz"--not one hiccup. Jim Sheridan has been a extraordinary film-maker since "My Left Foot"--but this film is simply beyond words!


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 279 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial