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Angela's Ashes1999

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.'

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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
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
Ryan Fielding
as Older Alphie
Daire Lynam
as Margaret Mary
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
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
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
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)

For all its fidelity to the spirit and, in extended passages, to the letter of McCourt's book, however, Parker's film falls short.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4

The film is too often trapped in its own reverence and solemnity.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4

Lacking a heart.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4

Angela's Ashes is the soggiest dud of all the major holiday releases.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The film lacks development and dramatic coherence.

January 1, 2000

I'm sure the producers of Angela's Ashes meant well, but they got the wrong guy to direct it.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/10

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

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

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

The Hopes of a Mother. The Dreams of a Father. The Fate of a Child.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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