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Angela's Ashes

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Directed by Alan Parker
Produced by David Brown
Written by Frank McCourt (book)
Laura Jones
Narrated by Andrew Bennett
Starring Emily Watson
Robert Carlyle
Michael Legge
Ciaran Owens
Joe Breen
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Michael Seresin
Editing by Gerry Hambling
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Universal Pictures
Release date(s) December 25, 1999 (USA)
Running time 145 min.
Country United States
Ireland
Language English

Angela's Ashes is a 1999 film based on the memoir of the same title by Frank McCourt. It was directed by Alan Parker and starred Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens and Michael Legge (the latter three playing the Young, Middle and Older Frank McCourt respectively).

This film was co-produced by Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios, co-owners of the film's international theatrical distributor, United International Pictures.

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Synopsis

This film is an adaption of the memoir by the same name. It tells the story of Frank McCourt and his childhood after his family is forced to move from America back to Ireland because of financial difficulties and family problems derived from his father's alcoholism. The film chronicles young McCourt's life in Limerick, Ireland, during his childhood in the 1930s and '40s, the difficulties that ensued, and finally Frank's way of earning enough money to return to the land of his dreams: America. Michael Legge was praised for his portrayal of the adolescent Frank McCourt. In particular, he was said to acquiesce his role as an innocent teenager trying to balance poverty with "normal" teenage problems such as sexuality, maturity and peer pressure.

The film itself was praised by many critics for its stark interpretation of the novel. Examples include the scene where the teenage Frank and his friends masturbate together against a wall while looking at a field of sheep. This scene was not in the novel but was included in the film in allusion to the many sexual references of the text which were omitted from the film such as Frankie masturbating at various times alone and his sexual encounter with a woman when he arrives in America at the end of the novel.

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Soundtrack

The soundtrack of the film was composed and conducted by John Williams, and features songs by Billie Holiday and Sinéad O'Connor.

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Angela's Ashes is a 1999 film based on the memoir of the same title by Frank McCourt. It was directed by Alan Parker and starred Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens and Michael Legge (the latter three playing the Young, Middle and Older Frank McCourt respectively).

Frank

  • If I were in America I could say "I love you, dad", the way they do in the films. But in Limerick they'd laugh at you. In Limerick you are only allowed to say you love God, and babies, and horses that win. Anything else is softness in the head.
  • In the name of the father, the son and the holy toast.
  • Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. It's been a minute since my last confession.

Dialogue

Angela McCourt: If I were able I would go to work in the English factories.
Malachy: Factory's no place for a woman Angela.
Angela McCourt: Sittin’ on your arse is no place for a man Malachy.

Angela McCourt: Don't let anyone ever slam the door on you again. Do you hear me?
Frank: I do.

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