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Angela's Ashes

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2000
  • UPC: 097361560731
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Presentation: SPECIAL EDITION
  • Format: VHS

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 Voice Only
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awesome Book!!!

    I love this book!!! Frank Mc Court takes you back to his childhood days which is very sad but very intriguing at the same time. From the moment I started to read this book I did not want to put it down. This is the best book I've read in my life.

    This book helped me to appreciate my childhood and is a true inspiration to anyone who wants to make something worthwhile of there life.

    I say two thumbs up to Fank McCourt for sharing his memoir!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    memories from Ireland

    I grew up in Ireland in the 60's, granted I did not have the hardships that McCort did but there were a lot of moments in the book and film that reminded me of home as a young girl, "lining up at the St Vincent De Paul for winter shoes, . my mother on the otherhand saw a lot of hardships but still kept that wonderful sense of humor that only the Irish have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    I absolutely loved this movie, the book was really touching and emotional, and when i heard a movie was coming out, i was dying to go see it. I had to add it to my movie collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Suprisingly Good

    After reading the book, I went into the movie with a negative attitude. I left with a much different outlook. Everything from the scenery to extras looks and feels authentic. And sure, it might not be as great as the book, but then again, either was ''The Godfather''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A lot better than I expected

    I remember when this movie was in the theatre and it took quite a bit of bashing from the critics. I expected to be disappointed but was pleasantly surprised. Sure this movie could have been better and it does not convey the warm feelings that the books does, but still I did enjoy it and while many will be disappointed by it (especially if they have read the book) I think many will find a great deal to enjoy in this film

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