Ironweed

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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 ...
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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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Photo gallery
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • UPC: 012236110170
  • Original Release: 1987
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  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:23:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Hy Anzell Rosskam, Junk Dealer
Nebraska Brace Andy
Pat Devane Nurse
Paul A. DiCocco Jr. Bus Driver
William Duell Moose
James Dukas Finny
Ean Ehas Danny
Laura Esterman Nora
Joe Grifasi Jack
Phyllis Guttung Old Woman
Richard Hamilton Donovan
Cori Irwin Young Girl
Bethel Leslie Librarian
Ted Levine Pocono Pete
Robert Manion Raider
Boris McGiver Clerk
Matt McGrath Goblin
Jeff Morris Michigan Mac
Michael O'Gorman Strike Leader
Terry O'Reilly Aldo Campione
Lola Pashalinski Fat Woman with Turkey
Martin Patterson Foxy Phil Tooker
Pamela Payton-Wright Mother
Louise Phillips Flower Girl
George Rafferty Raider
Marjorie Slocum Elderly Woman
Priscilla Caroline Smith Sandra
Lena Spencer Slatternly Woman
Louis St. Louis Piano Man
Lois Barden Stilley Mrs. Dillon
Black Eyed Susan Clara
Jared Swartout Guard Captain
Jordan Valdina Youth at Strike
Frank Whaley Young Francis
John Wright
James Yoham Bald Man
Will Zahrn Rowdy Dick
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, 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, Producer
William Kennedy Songwriter, 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
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ironweed
1. Albany [14:35]
2. Scab [6:47]
3. Drunk [10:34]
4. Star [9:56]
5. Jack [10:19]
6. Down & Out [12:48]
7. Salvation [9:27]
8. Clothes? [5:23]
9. Home [18:14]
10. Letter [12:23]
11. The Light [10:22]
12. End Credits [18:16]
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Disc #1 -- Ironweed
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      Spanish
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   Special Features
      Photo Gallery
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