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Based on the William Kennedy novel of the same name Ironweed is set in the waning years of the Depression. Jack Nicholson plays Francis Phelan, a washed-up ballplayer (a onetime infielder for the Washington Senators) who deserted his family back in the 1910s when he accidentally killed his infant son by dropping him. Since that time, Phelan has been a shabby barfly, living from drink to drink; he spends his days palling around with Rudy (Tom Waits), with whom he works a motley series of jobs in
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Watching "Ironweed" is like having a large, metal object lodged in your brain for 2 1/2 hours. It hurts.
The film becomes becalmed and confusing; it lacks the novel's great unwavering trajectory.
Unrelentingly bleak, Ironweed is a film without an audience and no reason for being except its own self-importance.
Despite its nearly two-and-a-half-hour running time, its superstar cast and its $23 million budget, Mr. Babenco's ''Ironweed'' is skeletal, a mere outline of Mr. Kennedy's far more resonant book.
Comes about as close to being an unmitigated waste of talent as any movie in recent memory.
Good performances, but If you're looking for an uplifting tale of hope against despair, look elsewhere.
...slow and crushing, a heavy film that has a simple plot, a despairing tone and none of the ostentatious "acting" often evinced in Nicholson's later career
A direção burocrática e auto-indulgente de Babenco e o roteiro sem foco desperdiçam as boas atuações de Nicholson e Streep.
Hector Babenco puts the accent on the story's spiritual dimensions in this screen translation of William Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
The two leads put in startling performances to cut through [the] cynicism, but there's no levity or dramatic peak to elevate you from the misery.
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