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Angela's Ashes

  • I wish we'd had the pill...

Set at the time immediately after the Great Depression, we enter the world of little Frank, age 6, and his tough upbringing in a desperately poor family in Ireland. The film traces his growth to a young man, and is mostly about the struggle to survive, with frequent new babies not making things any easier. Add a lazy, alcoholic father, and traditional British class and religious prejudices, and life gets very grim...


145 minutes, No persons under 10 (Language)
Drama, On the Art Circuit

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Credits
Cast
Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens, Michael Legge
Director
Alan Parker
ScreenplayLaura Jones, Alan Parker, from the book by Frank McCourt
MusicJohn Williams
CinematographyMichael Seresin
Sound formatsDolby Digital, DTS
SoundtrackNot available
Made in1999
Produced byDirty Hands Productions, David Brown Productions, Scott Rudin Productions

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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
The MoviesiteIan Douglas14
Cape ArgusDerek Wilson15
Cape ArgusAdrian Monteath15
Cape TimesStephan Hofstätter10
The StarJanine Walker14
Die BurgerFrancois Smith15
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge10
RapportBarrie Hough16
TV3 ScreenplayBarry Ronge14
SAFM Saturday WiredAlan Swerdlow13
Bos LifeJean-Pierre Pellissier9
International Media
eye Weekly (Canada)Alex Patterson15
Box Office (USA)Francesca Dinglasan13
Rough Cuth (USA)Christopher Brandon18
Total Film (UK)Neil Smith10
Film Review (UK)James Cameron-Wilson5
IMDB286 Netizens15
Average .. 65%13

Visitor Comments
Ian Douglas: An interesting look at poor whites on the other side of the pond. The film is good, if a little long and depressing. The frequent deaths and toilet-related scenes also spoil the enjoyment. There are a few moments of really dark humour. Nevertheless, this is powerful cinema. And that poster gets a 10/10 for impact.

Shelley Garb (47): Wonderfully human story seen through the child's eyes therefore does not dwell on the adults' misery keeping an otherwise depressing subject warm and even humorous. Hopeful ending restores balance.


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