Angela's Ashes


Set at the time immediately after the Great Depression, we enter the world of little Frank, age 6, and his tough upbringing in a desperately poor family in Ireland. The film traces his growth to a young man, and is mostly about the struggle to survive, with frequent new babies not making things any easier. Add a lazy, alcoholic father, and traditional British class and religious prejudices, and life gets very grim...


145 minutes.
No persons under 10 (Language) .
Drama, On the Art Circuit
I wish we
I wish we'd had the pill...

Credits

Cast
Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens, Michael Legge
Director
Alan Parker
ScreenplayLaura Jones, Alan Parker, from the book by Frank McCourt
MusicJohn Williams
CinematographyMichael Seresin
Sound formatsDolby Digital, DTS
Made in1999
Produced byDirty Hands Productions, David Brown Productions, Scott Rudin Productions

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Movies for Africa
Ian Douglas
14
Cape Argus
Derek Wilson
15
Cape Argus
Adrian Monteath
15
The Cape Times
Stephan Hofstätter
10
The Star
Janine Walker
14
Die Burger
Francois Smith
15
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
Rapport
Barrie Hough
16
TV3 Screenplay
Barry Ronge
14
SAfm Saturday Wired
Alan Swerdlow
13
Bos Life
Jean-Pierre Pellissier
9
eye Weekly
Alex Patterson
15
Box Office
Francesca Dinglasan
13
Rough Cut
Christopher Brandon
18
Total Film
Neil Smith
10
Film Review
James Cameron-Wilson
5

What the People say

Internet
286 Netizens
15

Average .. 65%

13

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: An interesting look at poor whites on the other side of the pond. The film is good, if a little long and depressing. The frequent deaths and toilet-related scenes also spoil the enjoyment. There are a few moments of really dark humour. Nevertheless, this is powerful cinema. And that poster gets a 10/10 for impact.

Shelley Garb (47): Wonderfully human story seen through the child's eyes therefore does not dwell on the adults' misery keeping an otherwise depressing subject warm and even humorous. Hopeful ending restores balance.






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