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Angela's Ashes
     

Angela's Ashes

Director: Alan Parker

Cast: Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen

 

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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir by Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes is an alternately funny and heartbreaking look at growing up in Ireland. Born in Brooklyn, NY, young Frank (Joe Breen) moves at an early age to Limerick, Ireland, with his parents Angela (Emily Watson) and Malachy (Robert Carlyle), who have been unable to support their family in America

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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir by Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes is an alternately funny and heartbreaking look at growing up in Ireland. Born in Brooklyn, NY, young Frank (Joe Breen) moves at an early age to Limerick, Ireland, with his parents Angela (Emily Watson) and Malachy (Robert Carlyle), who have been unable to support their family in America and are hoping for better prospects in their home country. But things hardly improve once they settle in Limerick; as McCourt puts it, "Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood. Worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." Illness and death are commonplace in Limerick, and Malachy's drinking and inability to hold a job make matters worse. Angela's Ashes was directed by Alan Parker, who previously looked at Irish life in The Commitments (1991); Laura Jones wrote the screenplay.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Adapted from Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Angela's Ashes vividly captures the author's miserable childhood in Ireland during the 1930s, thanks to the sure-handed direction of Alan Parker (The Commitments). The film is as unsparing in its vision of poverty and despair as the book. After failing to secure work in the Depression-era United States, Malachy McCourt (Robert Carlyle) returns to his homeland with wife Angela (Emily Watson) and their five surviving children. Settling in the town of Limerick and living in squalor, Malachy and his brood endure hardships that eventually drive away the hard-drinking father and force eldest son Frank to shoulder intolerable burdens. Frank, depicted at various ages, is well played by three gifted young actors (Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens, and especially Michael Legge), but the film's most skillful performance is Watson's. She is unforgettable as the physically frail but spiritually indomitable matriarch at the center of the story. Welcome flashes of humor and tenderness save Angela's Ashes from sinking into a morass of despondency, but even at its most melancholy, this is a film to be cherished.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2014
UPC:
0883316948200
Original Release:
1999
Source:
Warner Archives

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emily Watson Angela McCourt
Robert Carlyle Malachy McCourt
Joe Breen Young Frank
Ciaran Owens Middle Frank
Michael Legge Older Frank
Ronnie Masterson Grandma Sheehan
Pauline McLynn Aunt Aggie
Liam Carney Uncle Pa Keating
Eanna Mac Liam Uncle Pat
Andrew Bennett Narrator

Technical Credits
Alan Parker Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Consolata Boyle Costumes/Costume Designer
David Brown Producer
Fiona Daly Art Director
Eric Steel Executive Producer
James Flynn Co-producer
Kit Golden Associate Producer
Tommy Gormley Asst. Director
Gerry Hambling Editor
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Laura Jones Screenwriter
Eddy Joseph Sound Editor
Geoffrey Kirkland Production Designer
Dennis Maguire Asst. Director
Jonathan McKinstry Art Director
Doochy Moult Associate Producer
Morgan O'Sullivan Co-producer
Michael Roberts Camera Operator
Scott Rudin Producer
Adam Schroeder Executive Producer
Michael Seresin Cinematographer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Ken Weston Sound/Sound Designer
Jennifer Williams Set Decoration/Design
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

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