In AmericaDirector: Jim Sheridan
After chronicling various chapters of Irish history in such films as In the Name of the Father and The Field, writer/director Jim Sheridan turns his lens upon his own family's experiences immigrating to the United States in the aptly titled In America. The loosely autobiographical script centers on Johnny (Paddy Considine), a young actor sneaking his wife, Sarah (Samantha Morton), and daughters, Christy and Ariel (real-life sisters Sarah and Emma Bolger, respectively), over the Canadian border in the hopes of jump-starting his career in New York City. They soon find that America is not the land of boundless opportunity, however, as they move into a dank, dilapidated apartment building populated by drug dealers, transients, and thugs. Johnny doesn't snag auditions as easily as he may have hoped, and he and Sarah are forced to take meager jobs after spending their savings on food, rent, and utilities. Still in grief over the untimely death of their toddler son back in Ireland, the couple find their relationship further strained by the pressures of life in the city. Little by little, however, things begin to look up for the fiercely protective family unit, especially when they befriend an eccentric artist neighbor named Mateo (Djimon Hounsou). In America saw its world premiere at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival and played to enthusiastic crowds at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival before its theatrical release in the fall of that year.
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- 20th Century Fox
Cast & Crew
|Samantha Morton||Sarah Sullivan|
|Paddy Considine||Johnny Sullivan|
|Sarah Bolger||Christy Sullivan|
|Emma Bolger||Ariel Sullivan|
|Nye Heron||Blind Man|
|Michael Sean Tighe||Frank|
|Des Bishop||Stockbroker In Taxi|
|Guy Carleton||Man At Fair|
|Randall Carlton||Immigration Officer|
|Ciaran Cronin||Frankie Sullivan|
|Bob Gallico||Theatre Director|
|Molly Glynn||Sarah Mateo|
|Elaine Grollman||Nun On School Steps|
|Sarah James||Papo's Girlfriend|
|Neal Jones||Immigration Officer|
|Jason Killalee||assistant theatre director|
|Kathleen King||Prize-Giving Nun|
|Gabriela Quintero Lopez||Mexican Woman Guitarist|
|Tom Murphy||Actor In Queue|
|Chary O'Dea||Mexican Woman With Child|
|Jer O'Leary||Thomas Bakewell|
|Bernadette Quigley||Hospital Administrator|
|Rodrigo Pineda Sanchez||Mexican Man Guitarist|
|Eilish Scanlon||Nun Playing Piano|
|William Shackleton Arnot||Camera Operator|
|Dan Birch||Sound Mixer|
|Aidan Byrne||Special Effects|
|Dermot Byrne||Special Effects|
|John Byrne||Set Decoration/Design|
|Susie Cullen||Art Director|
|David Donohue||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Martin Fitzpatrick||Special Effects|
|Gavin Friday||Score Composer|
|Team FX||Special Effects|
|Mark Geraghty||Production Designer|
|Vivienne Gray||Art Director|
|Nye Heron||Associate Producer|
|Jo Homewood||Production Manager|
|Grant Wilfley Casting Incorporated||Casting|
|Ken Ishii||Sound Mixer|
|Konrad Jay||Asst. Director|
|Kevin Kearns||Special Effects|
|Steve Kirshoff||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Wing Lee||Art Director|
|Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Maurice Seezer||Score Composer|
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This movie snuck up on me. The main themes are introduced early, in the border crossing scene, but I didn't see where they were going until I had been totally sucked in. All the actors were wonderful. I cared about the characters, and the movie was brilliantly constructed. I've ordered it for May 11th and I'd recommend you do the same.
We happened on this film during a cruise thru the Panama Canal. We viewed it several times and always came away with something new. The 'fearless' sisters, the bereaved struggling parents, a tense environment and the dynamic of their neighbor(s) was very touching; yet full of life, joy, love and coming to terms in a new home - a new land.
I was loaned the DVD by a friend and have now bought it. I was suprised it received so little fanfare. The acting by the 'sister' is so far above the standard it's unbelievable. They [the actors] really get you to care what will happen. The Story line was warm, funny, [crying jag]sad and uplifting. I would recommend this DVD be part of the family library. Be sure not to miss the end credits.
This is a warm, thoughtful and uplifting story about a struggling family determined to make it in a new world (NYC) despite all the their hardships and pain they left behind in their homeland of Ireland. The family depicted in this film is truly heartfelt and the whimsical flare that both parents and children posess makes one remember and believe in childhood fantasy. A definite feel good movie!
It was a really great movie. At first I didn't think that it would be that good but it was a very good movie.
This was one of the most uplifting movie i've seen. About family, love , and caring for others. it shows how people can stick together through bonds of love. loved this movie!!
A friend told me that I should watch 'In America'......and they were right! This movie is fantastic. The cast is flawless. Every performance is superb! The characters struggle through their hardships with a quiet dignity and grace that touches the heart. I hope this movie finds a huge audience now that it is on DVD.
This is a good movie. It's a shame it wasn't available to watch at any theater where I live. I had to rent it instead. It's definitely worth buying and I'd recommend it anyday.
I love Jim Sheridan as a true auteur. His 'My Left Foot,' 'In the Name of the Father,' and 'The Boxer,' were rightfully given accolades (and Oscars). This time he's written and directed a truly personal 'little' film about the hardships of emigrating to America. Samantha Morton and Djimon Hounsou were nominated for Oscars, but I think the true 'workhorse' here is Paddy Constantine--the father character. That isn't to say that everyone isn't just absolutely fantastic. The story/script is so honest, so true; there is nothing that doesn't resonate. This film starts out along the 'immigrant to America' road, and quickly evolves into an universal statement about being human and living life as it is, playing the cards dealt. It's an amazingly seamless transformation. No, it's NOT Angela's Ashes, it's NOT depressing, it's NOT the same ol' Immigrant Coming to America, Finds Life Oh-So Hard film. It is honest and true. The only flaw: this story is set to take place in the early 80s, yet a fairly-modern camcorder is seen throughout, and new dollar bills (which were not introduced until the late 90s). It's strange how the production manager overlooked that.