Angela's Ashes (1999)



Critic Consensus: In spite of its attempts to accurately record Frank McCourt's memoirs, the onscreen adaptation fails to capture any of the drama or humor of his life.

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In 1935, when it is more common for Irish families to leave their famine-stricken country for America, the impoverished McCourt family do the reverse. Following the sudden death of her 7-week-old daughter, Angela and her unemployable, alcoholic husband, Malachy Sr. set sail from New York Harbour to Cork with their four children- Frank, Malachy Jr. and twins Eugene and Oliver- to return to the land which mystified young Frank had only heard of as 'where there was no work and people were dying of starvation and the damp.'
R (for sexual content and some language)
Art House & International , Drama
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Paramount Pictures

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Emily Watson
as Angela
Joe Breen
as Young Frank
Ciaran Owens
as Middle Frank
Michael Legge
as Older Frank
Ronnie Masterson
as Grandma Sheehan
Pauline McLynn
as Aunt Aggie
Liam Carney
as Uncle Pa Keating
Eanna MacLiam
as Uncle Pat
Shane Murray-Corcoran
as Young Malachy
Devon Murray
as Middle Malachy
Peter Halpin
as Older Malachy
Andrew Bennett
as Narrator
Aaron Geraghty
as New Born Michael
Sean Carney Daly
as Baby Michael
Oisin Carney Daly
as Baby Michael
Shane Smith
as Middle Michael
Tim O'Brien
as Older Michael
Blaithnaid Howe
as Newborn Alphie
Klara O'Leary
as Baby Alphie
Caroline O'Sullivan
as Baby Alphie
Ryan Fielding
as Older Alphie
Daire Lynam
as Margaret Mary
Ben O'Gorman
as Eugene
Sam O'Gorman
as Oliver
Frank Lavery
as Young Paddy Clohessy
James Mahon
as Middle Paddy Clohessy
Laurence Kinlan
as Older Paddy Clohessy
Lucas Neville
as Willie Harold
Walter Mansfield
as Fintan Slattery
Des McAleer
as Mr. Benson
Sean Kearns
as Dotty O'Neill
Les Doherty
as Mr. O'Dea
Brendan Cauldwell
as Mr. O'Halloran
Shay Gorman
as Mr. Hannon
Johnny Murphy
as Seamus
Jon Kenny
as Lavatory Man
Susan Fitzgerald
as Sister Rita
Brendan McNamara
as Toby Mackey
Maria McDermottroe
as Bridey Hannon
Oliver Maguire
as Confession Priest
Daithi O'Suilleabhain
as Young Priest
Eileen Pollock
as Mrs. Finucane
Alvaro Luccehesi
as Laman Griffin
Mark O'Regan
as Dr. Troy
Moira Deady
as Mrs. Purcell
Kerry Condon
as Theresa
Gerard McSorley
as Father Gregory
Garrett Keogh
as Mr. Hegarty
Eamonn Owens
as Quasimodo
John Anthony Murphy
as Redemptionist Priest
Phelim Drew
as Rent Man
Brendan O'Carroll
as Funeral Carriage Driver
Maggie McCarthy
as Miss Barry
Bairbre Ni Chaoimh
as Mrs. O'Connell
Nuala Kelly
as Dance Teacher
Brian Clifford
as Telegram Boy
Edward Murphy
as Young Mikey Molloy
Kieran Maher
as Older Mikey Molloy
Patrick Bracken
as Younger Question Quigley
Terry O'Donovan
as Older Question Quigley
David Ahern
as Cyril Benson
Marcia DeBonis
as Mrs. Leibowitz
Eileen Colgan
as Philomena
Alan Parker
as Dr. Campbell
Stephen Marcus
as English Agent
Pauline Shanahan
as Eye Nurse
Gerry Walsh
as Farmer
Brendan Morrissey
as Brother Murray
Darragh Neill
as Heffernan
Sarah Pilkington
as Minnie MacAdorey
Donncha Crowley
as Sacristan
Veronica O'Reilly
as Mrs. Carmody
Ann O'Neill
as Mrs. Dooley
Phil Kelly
as Father Gory
Jaz Pollock
as Roden Lane Neighbour
Paddy Scully
as St. Vincent Man No. 1
J.J. Murphy
as St. Vincent Man No. 2
Frankie McCafferty
as St. Vincent Man No. 3
Jack Lynch
as St. Vincent Man No. 4
Patrick David Nolan
as Travel Agent
Gerard Lee
as Carmody Priest
Martin Benson
as Christian Brother
Birdy Sweeney
as Old Priest
Owen O'Gorman
as Sleeping Sailor
Pat McGrath
as Butcher
Ray McBride
as Mill Foreman
John Sheedy
as Coal Yard Foreman
Sam Ryan
as Shaved Head Boy No. 1
Donnacha Gleeson
as Shaved Head No. 2
Jim McIntyre
as Gravedigger No. 1
Richard Walker
as Gravedigger No. 2
Mary Ann Spencer
as Parent No. 1
Kathleen Lambe
as Parent No. 2
Jer O'Leary
as Parent No. 3
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Critic Reviews for Angela's Ashes

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (26)

There is in the film a beauty and ambition rare in most current movies.

December 31, 1999
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Of course, the movie is a thinner version of the novel, but you still get a drama that has you laughing and brokenhearted, often at the same time.

December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Lacks the magnificence of his book, but it is worth seeing.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Denver Post
Top Critic

Probably (Alan Parker's) best movie after The Commitments.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

A quietly triumphant experience.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Despite its harsh scenes, Angela's Ashes will leave you with lovely memories.

December 31, 1999
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Angela's Ashes

Fantastic film. Could watch this over and over again. The cast were fantastic and the acting was even better. A poignant story that had you reaching for the tissues because you were either laughing too hard or crying.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

I'm pretty interested in reading the book now. As much as goes on in this film, I can't imagine it picked up on all the wonderful subtleties you can put in a book. It's not an easy film to watch, but all the difficult parts are worth it to see the beautiful moments. They're especially powerful if you've ever, like Frank or his mom, had to seriously juggle strong religious devotion with harrowing life situations.


Super Reviewer

Would have given it more, but didn't just out of spite.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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