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Agnes Browne (1999)

Agnes Browne (1999)

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Actress Anjelica Huston directed and stars in this drama based on Brendan O'Carroll's novel The Mammy. Set in Dublin in 1967, Agnes Browne (Anjelica Huston) is the mother of seven children, barely making ends meet when her husband dies, leaving her to figure out not only how to support the family, but also how to pay for a funeral. To cover the burial expenses, Agnes resorts to borrowing money from a loan shark (Ray Winstone) who isn't interested in special deals for widows or orphans. Agnes learns to scrape up a living selling fruit and vegetables, and makes sure her children get the best education possible, but self-sacrificing Agnes would like one small luxury for herself: Tom Jones will be playing a concert in town soon, and she'd like nothing more than to hear the man sing "It's Not Unusual" live and in person. A French baker with eyes for Agnes (Arno Chevrier) joins forces with her children to see that she gets her wish. Agnes Browne boasts an accurate portrayal of Ireland in the late 1960s, thanks in part to the fact that Huston spent a great deal of time there as a child; the film was shown as part of the Directors Fortnight series at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

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Cast

Anjelica Huston
as Agnes Browne
Marion O'Dwyer
as Marion Monks
Niall O'Shea
as Mark Browne
Ciaran Owens
as Frankie Browne
Roxanna Williams
as Cathy Browne
Carl Power
as Simon Browne
Mark Power
as Dermot Browne
Gareth O'Connor
as Rory Browne
James Lappin
as Trevor Browne
Ray Winstone
as Mr. Billy
Gerard McSorley
as Mr. Aherne
Tom Jones
as Himself
Fionnula Murphy
as Girl at Social Security office
June Rodgers
as Fat Annie
Jennifer Gibney
as Winnie the Mackerel
Brendan O'Carroll
as Seamus the Drunk
Ronan Browne
as Traditional musician
Patrick O'Gorman
as Traditional musician
Des Leech
as Traditional musician
Richie Walker
as Jacko the Box
Michael O'Toole
as Traditional musician
Gerard Doyle
as Traditional musician
Sean Fox
as Liam the Sweeper
Pauline McCreery
as Woman in market
Kevin Clarkin
as Traditional musician
Desmond Wilkinson
as Traditional musician
Chrissie McCreery
as Woman in market
Sean Corcoran
as Traditional musician
Virginia Cole
as Woman with jumpers
Steve Blount
as Tommo Monks
Norin Ni Riain
as Church Soprano
Paddy McCarney
as Hearse driver
Terry Byrne
as Carmichael
Joe Hanley
as Rooney
Joanne Sloane
as The Widow Clarke
Cristen Kauffman
as Woman buying fish
Joe Gallagher
as Post office clerk
Frank Melia
as Shopkeeper
Buster
as Sparticus the dog
Keith Murtagh
as Market spiv
Clodagh Long
as Mary Dowdall
Aedin Moloney
as Shop assistant
Eamon Hunt
as Mr. Foley
Jim Smith
as Butcher
Olivia Tracey
as Posh customer with dog
Tara van Zyl
as Shop assistant
Tallis Music Services
as Band on seaside pavilion
Peter Dix
as Man in pub
Anna Megan
as Woman in Pub
Anne Bushnell
as Singer in Restaurant
Pat Fitzpatrick
as Restaurant Band Member
Eamonn Hunt
as Mr. Foley
Patrick Collins
as Restaurant Band Member
Michael Flynn
as Restaurant Band Member
Frank McCusker
as Tom O'Toole
Doreen Keogh
as Nun in mortuary
Sandra Corbally
as Nurse in mortuary
Joe Pigott
as Wally the ticket tout
Maria Hayden
as Receptionist At The Shelbourne Hotel
Cecil Bell
as Mr. O'Dwyer
Pat Collins
as Restaurant band
Don ARchell
as Tom Jones' minder
Peter Adaus
as Member of the Tom Jones Band
Ian Thompson
as Member of the Tom Jones Band
Keith Airey
as Member of the Tom Jones Band
Steve Pearce
as Member of the Tom Jones Band
Peter Adams
as The Tom Jones Band
Noirin N. Rianin
as Church Soprano
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Critic Reviews for Agnes Browne

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7)

Set in Dublin in 1967, this extremely old-fashioned melodrama, about the struggle of a young widow to support her large family, is a throwback to the woman's picture of yesteryear and barely a notch above TV-Movie-of-the Week.

February 9, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Variety
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What can one say about a film whose idea of comedy is having the two women sit around discussing whether or not they've had an 'organism' or not?

December 20, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
TheMovieReport.com

Great characterizations with Anjelica Huston giving bravura performance.

November 1, 2004 | Rating: 5/5
Kansas City Kansan

Angelica Huston proves that her career lies in acting, not directing.

January 23, 2003 | Rating: 1/5
Denton Record-Chronicle

A terrific movie that affirms the natural highs of true and lasting friendship.

March 4, 2002 | Full Review…
Spirituality and Practice

A rare movie that inspires no reaction whatsoever.

February 6, 2002 | Rating: short | Full Review…
Matinee Magazine

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