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.


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

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (12)

Audience Reviews for Ash Wednesday

  • Jun 19, 2010
    Edward Burns and Elijah Wood star as brothers growing up as part of irish gangs in hells kitchen after one of them kills a group of men who were gonna kill his brother he vanishes from his neighborhood figured for dead he turns up years later and no one has forgotten what he has done so now its a race for the two bothers to keep each other safe and too get out of town before they both end up dead. that sums of this plot of really well done drama that should be seen by anyone that enjoys a good crime drama type film
    ken j Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2009
    Good film, sad yet realistic ending.
    Chosen 7 Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2006
    I remember really liking this movie-need to rewatch it to find exactly what it was. looking forward to it's next 'Good Friday'
    Mary G Super Reviewer

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