Ironweed

Ironweed

Director: Hector Babenco

Cast: Hector Babenco, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker

     
 

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Based on the William Kennedy novel of the same name Ironweed is set in the waning years of the Depression. Jack Nicholson plays Francis Phelan, a washed-up ballplayer (a onetime infielder for the Washington Senators) who deserted his family back in the 1910s when he accidentally killed his infant son by dropping him. Since that time, Phelan has been a shabby

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Based on the William Kennedy novel of the same name Ironweed is set in the waning years of the Depression. Jack Nicholson plays Francis Phelan, a washed-up ballplayer (a onetime infielder for the Washington Senators) who deserted his family back in the 1910s when he accidentally killed his infant son by dropping him. Since that time, Phelan has been a shabby barfly, living from drink to drink; he spends his days palling around with Rudy (Tom Waits), with whom he works a motley series of jobs in exchange for a place to lay his head and an occasional jug of wine. Wandering into his hometown of Albany, New York, Phelan blearily seeks out his girlfriend and erstwhile drinking companion of nine years, Helen Archer (Meryl Streep), who has begun prostituting herself for drink and lodging. The two derelicts touch base in a mission managed by minister James Gammon, and later in Fred Gwynne's squalid gin mill. Over the next few days, Phelan takes a few minor jobs to support his habit, while his mind wavers between past and present. Eventually, a chance for a reconciliation with his wife (Carroll Baker) emerges. Directed by Hector Babenco following his enormous success with Kiss of the Spider Woman , Ironweed netted Oscar nominations for Nicholson and Streep.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2013
UPC:
0887090057103
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:23:00
Sales rank:
22,944

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Nicholson Francis Phelan
Meryl Streep Helen Archer
Carroll Baker Annie Phelan
Michael O'Keefe Billy Phelan
Diane Venora Peg Phelan
Fred Gwynne Oscar Reo, Singing Bartender
Margaret Whitton Katrina
Tom Waits Rudy
Jake Dengel Pee Wee
Nathan Lane Harold Allen
James Gammon Rev. Chester
Paul A. DiCocco Bus Driver
Ean Ehas Danny
Phyllis Guttung Old Woman
Boris McGiver Clerk
Priscilla Caroline Smith Sandra
Black Eyed Susan Clara
John Wright Actor
Louis St. Louis Piano Man
Will Zahrn Rowdy Dick
Laura Esterman Nora
Joe Grifasi Jack
Hy Anzell Rosskam, Junk Dealer
Bethel Leslie Librarian
Richard Hamilton Donovan
Louise Phillips Flower Girl
Marjorie Slocum Elderly Woman
Lena Spencer Slatternly Woman
Lola Pashalinski Fat Woman with Turkey
James Dukas Finny
Jared Swartout Guard Captain
Ted Levine Pocono Pete
Martin Patterson Foxy Phil Tooker
Terry O'Reilly Aldo Campione
Michael O'Gorman Strike Leader
Frank Whaley Young Francis
Jordan Valdina Youth at Strike
Matt McGrath Goblin
Lois Barden Stilley Mrs. Dillon
Cori Irwin Young Girl
Pamela Payton-Wright Mother
James Yoham Bald Man
Nebraska Brace Andy
Jeff Morris Michigan Mac
William Duell Moose
George Rafferty Raider
Robert Manion Raider
Pat Devane Nurse

Technical Credits
Hector Babenco Director
Joseph G. Aulisi Costumes/Costume Designer
Keith Barish Producer
Tom Benedek Screenwriter
Denis Blouin Executive Producer
Rob Cohen Executive Producer
Benny Davis Songwriter
C.O. Erickson Co-producer
Lauro Escorel Cinematographer
David Forrest Makeup
Alan R. Gibbs Stunts
Anne Goursaud Editor
Robert Guerra Art Director,Production Designer
Joseph H. Kanter Executive Producer
William Kennedy Screenwriter
Gene Kirkwood Co-producer
Steve Kirshoff Special Effects
Robert J. Litt Sound/Sound Designer
John Morris Score Composer
Marcia Nasatir Producer
Elaine O'Donnell Set Decoration/Design
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer
Leslie Pope Set Decoration/Design
James Thornton Songwriter
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Elliot Tyson Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Waits Songwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ironweed
1. Chapter 1 [:12]
2. Scene 1 [16:43]
3. Scene 2 [24:56]
4. Scene 3 [11:16]
5. Scene 4 [20:08]
6. Scene 5 [16:59]
7. Scene 6 [20:12]
8. Scene 7 [17:19]
9. Scene 8 [15:23]

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