Ironweed

1987, Drama, 2h 21m

24 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep play masterfully off each, but Ironweed's unrelenting bleakness proves to be more monotonous than compelling. Read critic reviews

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In Depression-era Albany, N.Y., erstwhile baseball star Francis Phelan (Jack Nicholson) has become an alcoholic vagabond after guilt over accidentally killing his infant son led him to desert his family. Over the course of several days, he ambles from gritty job to dirty bar to makeshift sleeping quarters. By chance, he encounters fellow itinerant drinker and his sometime lover, Helen Archer (Meryl Streep). Together, they wax nostalgic about their haunted pasts.

Cast & Crew

Jack Nicholson
Francis Phelan
Meryl Streep
Helen Archer
Carroll Baker
Annie Phelan
Michael O'Keefe
Billy Phelan
Diane Venora
Margaret `'Peg'` Phelan
Margaret Whitton
Katrina Dougherty
Nathan Lane
Harold Allen
James Gammon
Reverend Chester
Rob Cohen
Executive Producer
Joseph H. Kanter
Executive Producer
Denis Blouin
Executive Producer
John Morris
Original Music
Lauro Escorel
Cinematographer
Anne Goursaud
Film Editor
Jeannine Oppewall
Production Design
Robert Guerra
Art Director
Leslie Pope
Set Decoration
Joseph G. Aulisi
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