Angela's Ashes

January 21st, 2000


Angela's Ashes

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Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the...

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 7.1/10 (11,665 voted)

Critic's Score: 54/100

Director: Alan Parker

Stars: Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen

Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film opens with the family in Brooklyn, but following the death of one of Frankie's siblings, they return home, only to find the situation there even worse. Prejudice against Frankie's Northern Irish father makes his search for employment in the Republic difficult despite his having fought for the IRA, and when he does find money, he spends the money on drink.

Writers: Frank McCourt, Laura Jones

Emily Watson - Angela McCourt
Robert Carlyle - Malachy (Dad)
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 MacLiam - Uncle Pat
Andrew Bennett - Narrator (voice)
Shane Murray-Corcoran - Young Malachy (as Shane Murray Corcoran)
Devon Murray - Middle Malachy
Peter Halpin - Older Malachy
Aaron Geraghty - New Born Michael
Sean Carney Daly - Baby Michael

Taglines: The Hopes of a Mother. The Dreams of a Father. The Fate of a Child.

Release Date: 21 January 2000

Filming Locations: Ardmore Studios, Herbert Road, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $54,628 (USA) (26 December 1999) (6 Screens)

Gross: $13,038,660 (USA) (21 May 2000)

Technical Specs


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Factual errors: A lunar eclipse can only occur when the moon is completely full, not gibbous as shown in the movie. Also, a lunar eclipse would not cast a moving shadow.

Narrator: [First lines] When I look back on my childhood, I wonder how my brothers and I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood. The happy childhood is hardly worth telling. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood. And worse still is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.

User Review

A Masterpiece

Rating: 10/10

Angela's Ashes is a gentle movie about love, suffering, striving, and eventually, triumphing. There are no explosions, no aliens, no car crashes, no easy answers. The acting is uniformly excellent with Robert Carlyle's performance as Malachy McCourt especially outstanding. Beautifully photographed, funny and devastating by turns, Angela's Ashes is an experience to be treasured.


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