Angela's Ashes

Angela's Ashes

Streaming Video - 1999
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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir by Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes is an alternately funny and heartbreaking look at growing up in Ireland. Born in Brooklyn, NY, young Frank (Joe Breen) moves at an early age to Limerick, Ireland, with his parents Angela (Emily Watson) and Malachy (Robert Carlyle), who have been unable to support their family in America and are hoping for better prospects in their home country. But things hardly improve once they settle in Limerick; as McCourt puts it, "Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood. Worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." Illness and death are commonplace in Limerick, and Malachy's drinking and inability to hold a job make matters worse. Angela's Ashes was directed by Alan Parker, who previously looked at Irish life in The Commitments (1991); Laura Jones wrote the screenplay.
Publisher: [United States] : Paramount : Made available through hoopla, 1999
ISBN: 9780792163084

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erinsnest
Dec 01, 2016

Dec 1 2016....well I'm pretty sure that I have watched this before, or maybe I read the book? Anyway, what a childhood! I can't believe he survived. Yuck, the rain and the running sewer, and the people dying all around him. I know I listened to the book Teacher Man on audio book and I loved his voice. I will have to read this book (again?!) Note: this is not a story to put you in a happy mood!

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Monolith
Jan 09, 2016

This defines the word 'bleak'. Stuck in traffic? Your boss is a jerk? Stop complaining. You could've had this young man's life, where emptying a chamber pot is the highlight of your day.

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bobbles1
Aug 17, 2015

It was so real it reminded me of my early years growing up in a working class area of England just after the War, not so long ago. Not as poverty-stricken as this materially but the culture - the vivid extremes of love and violence and abuse, the ever-presence of escape through alcohol, the power of judgmental religious attitudes, just the sheer intensity of it all were captured so well in the movie. Such a sweet sensitive child and his family, makes one wonder how they could have survived without terrible scars. Wonderful movie.

aaa5756 Jun 04, 2014

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

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john_doh17
Apr 02, 2014

Poor Irish a short, rough life. I enjoyed the portrayal of what it was like to be poor in a different time. Is it bad of me to enjoy watching the suffering of others? Acting was good and pacing was acceptable. Things seem to have improved, although not everywhere. A pretty good case for food stamps.

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MadisonParkMilo
Feb 01, 2014

Actually a movie that may become a classic over time...just seeing his face again makes me relive it!

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nelll
Aug 20, 2013

A very moving story - we don't appreciate what we have now.

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Reginald Wickes
Apr 18, 2011

Excellent movie.

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irenelaf
Mar 18, 2011

Depressing!

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Spillie
May 05, 2010

Very compelling movie. It demonstrates just how far the Celtic Tiger has come in the last 50 years.

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re_discover
Sep 26, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

nadian Sep 28, 2008

Coarse Language: Throughout

nadian Sep 28, 2008

Violence: Several scenes of moderate abuse

nadian Sep 28, 2008

Sexual Content: Implied off screen. Several scenes of nudity. Other mature content.

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JanPerrin
Jun 03, 2013

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nadian Sep 28, 2008

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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aaa5756 Jun 04, 2014

“At the end of the day it's all about money”-Kevin O’Leary (MR. WONDERFUL) from the shark tank

aaa5756 Jun 04, 2014

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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