Ash Wednesday


Ash Wednesday

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A relationship between two brothers literally becomes a matter of life and death in this drama from writer, director and actor Edward Burns. Francis Sullivan (Burns) was a street-wise thug with ties to the Irish mob until his younger brother Sean (Elijah Wood) was killed on Ash Wednesday in 1980 while trying to protect Francis from gangsters who were out to kill him. Three years later, Francis is a law-abiding man who is trying to stay on the straight and narrow and keep his eye on Grace (Rosario Dawson), Sean's widow. However, rumors have begun to circulate that Sean's death was just a ruse fabricated by Francis and a sympathetic priest, Father Mahoney (James Handy), to get mobster Moran (Oliver Platt) off Sean's back. Some people have spotted someone who looks a lot like Sean wandering around the neighborhood, and Moran, who doesn't forget a grudge, begins scouring the neighborhood in search of Sean, while Francis has worries of his own about Sean, since his relationship with Grace has started to move beyond simple family friendship.

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Edward Burns
as Francis Sullivan
Elijah Wood
as Sean Sullivan
Rosario Dawson
as Grace Quinonez
James Handy
as Father Mahoney
Peter Gerety
as Uncle Handy
Julie Hale
as Maggie Shea
Marina Durell
as Mrs. Quinonez
Michael Mulheren
as Det. Pulaski
Jimmy Burke
as Red Kelly
Brian Burns
as Moran's Cousin Mark
Vincent Rubino
as Vinny Boombatz
John DiResta
as Pete at the Bar
Christopher McGovern
as Whitey's Driver
Stephen Murphy
as Whitey's Man
Brian Delate
as Crazy George Cullen
Teresa Yenque
as Mrs. Diaz
Kathleen Doyle
as Mrs. Flanagan
Dara Coleman
as John Coleman
Kevin Kash
as Paulie Numbers
Gregg Bello
as Larossa
Joe Lisi
as Wiseguy
Matty Delia
as Brooklyn Barkeep
Jack DeFuria
as Little Sean
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Critic Reviews for Ash Wednesday

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Taylor, fashionably gowned and bejewelled carries the film almost single-handedly. Fonda is excellent in his climatic appearance, an usually superb casting idea.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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In what is little more than a homage to Taylor's face, the film spends a good deal of time looking at her reflection in the mirror and endorsing her Martini ad lifestyle up to the hilt.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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This is not a male chauvinist's conception of a woman, but her hairdresser's, full of envy, awe and superficial compassion.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

The whole movie, indeed, feels longer than it is. It's 15 minutes short of two hours, and still it takes forever to be over.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Mostly the picture is structured along soap opera lines. If there is anything to be said about middle-aged trauma it finds no voice in this film.

Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Ash Wednesday is a woman's film of a particularly bogus kind.

Jul 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ash Wednesday

WRONG MOVIE POSTER! This is an Edward Burns movie. Pretty good too.

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