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TitleANGELA'S ASHES
Production companyUniversal Pictures
Paramount Pictures
David Brown-Scott Rudin Productions
Dirty Hands Productions
Country of originUSA
Great Britain
ProducerRUDIN, Scott
BROWN, David
PARKER, Alan
O'SULLIVAN, Morgan (Co-Producer)
FLYNN, James (Co-Producer)
DirectorPARKER, Alan
Script/AdaptationJONES, Laura
PARKER, Alan
PhotographySERESIN, Michael
Sound recordingWESTON, Ken
EditingHAMBLING, Gerry
Art directionMcKINSTRY, Jonathan
DALY, Fiona
Production designKIRKLAND, Geoffrey
Costume designBOYLE, Consolata
Executive producerSCHROEDER, Adam
STEEL, Eric
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Associate producerGOLDEN, Kit
MOULT, Dorothy
Music composerWILLIAMS, John
Songs'Cafe Musik' performed by Matthias Seuffert; 'E lui! Desso L'Infante!' from 'Don Carlos' by Giuseppe Verdi, 'Bei mir bist du schon (Means That you're Grand)' by Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin, Jacob jacobs, Sheldon Secunda, performed by Al Bowlly, 'Louise' by Leo Robin, Richard Whiting, 'The Dipsy Doodle' by Larry Clinton performed by Nat Gonella and his Georgians, 'Kevin Barry', 'The Green Glens of Antrim' (trad), 'Meseri mei, Deus' by Gregori Allegri, performed by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, conducted by Richard Marlow, 'You Couldn't be Cuter' by Dorothy Fields, perfomed by Al Bowlly, 'Agitato No 1' by Max Steiner, 'The Maids of Castlebar' (trad) arranged and performed by Kevin Joyce, 'Stampede' by Reginald H. Bassett, 'Le Roi Lepreux', by Henri Poussigue, 'Harrowing Moment' by/performed by John Rutland, 'I can't Give You Anything But Love' by Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, performed by Billie Holiday, 'The Mummy' by James Dietrich, 'Pennies From Heaven' by Johnny Burke, Arthur Ashton, performed by Billie Holiday, 'Kairer Bill' by Alan Parker, 'Your Mother's Son in Law' by Mann Holiner, Alberta Nichols performed by Billie Holiday, ;A Mother's Love's A Blessing' by T.P. Keegan.
CastEmily Watson (Angela McCourt), Robert Carlyle (Dad, Malachy McCourt), Joe Breen (young Frank), Ciaran Owens (middle Frank), Michael legge (older Frank), Ronnie Masterson (grandma Sheehan), Pauline McLynn (Aunt Aggie), Liam carney (Uncle Pa Keating), Eanna McLiam (Uncle Pat), Andrew Bennett (narrator), Sane Murray Corcoran (young Malachy), Devon Murray (middle Malachy), Peter Halpin (older Malachy), Aaron Geraghty (new born Michael), Sean Carney Daly, Oisin Carney Daly (baby Michael), Shane Smith (middle Michael), Tim O'Brien (older Michael), Blaithnaid Howe (newborn Alphie), Kiara O'Leary, Caroline O'Sullivan (baby Alphie), Ryan Fielding (older Alphie), Daire Lynam (Margaret Mary), Ben O'Gorman (Eugene), Sam O'Gordon (Oliver), Frank Lavery (young Paddy Clohessy), James Mahon (older Paddy Clohessy), Laurence Kinlan (older Paddy Clohessy), Lewis Neville (Willie Harold), Walter Mansfield (Fintan Slattery), Des McAleer (Mr Benson), Sean Kearns (Dotty O'Neill), Les Doherty (Mr O'Dea), Brendan Cauldwell (Mr O'Halloran), Shay Gorman (Mr Hannon), Johnny Murphy (Seamus), John Kenny (lavatory man), Susan Fitzgerald (Sister Rita), Brendan McNamara (Toby Mackey), Maria McDermotroe (Bridey Hannon), Oliver Maguire (confession priest), Daithi O'Suilleabhain (young priest), Eileen Pollack (Mrs Finucane), Alvaro Lucchesi (Laman Griffin), Mark O'Reagan (Dr Troy), Moira Deady (Mrs Purcell), Kerry Condon (Theresa), Gerard McSorley (Fr Gregory), Garrett Keogh (Mr Hegarty), Eamonn Owens (Quasimodo), John Anthony Murphy (redemptorist priest), Phelim Drew (rent man), Brendan O'Carroll (funeral carriage driver), Maggie McCarthy (Miss Barry), Bairbre Ní Chaoimh (Mrs O'Connell), Nuala Kelly (dance teacher), Brian Clifford (telegram boy), Edward Murphy (young Mikey Molloy), Kieran Maher (oloder Mikey Molloy), James McClatchie (bishop), Patrick Bracken (younger Question Quigley), Terry O'Donovan (older Question Quigley), Danny O'Carroll (Clarke), David Ahern (Cyril Benson), Marcia Debonis (Mrs Leibowitz), Helen Norton (Delia), Eileen Colgan (Philomena), Alan Parker (Dr Campbell), Stephen Marcus (english agent), Pauline Shanahan (eye nurse), Gerry Walsh (farmer), Brendan Morrissey (Brother Murray), Darragh Neill (Heffernan), Sarah Pilkington (Minnie Mac Adorey), Donncha Crowley (sacristan), Veronica O'reilly (Mrs Carmody), Ann O'Neill (Mrs Dooley), Phil Kelly (Fr Gory), Jaz Pollack (Roden Lane neighbour), Paddy Scully, J.J. Murphy, Frankie McCafferty, Jack Lynch (St Vincent men), Patrick David Nolan (travel agent), Gerard Lee (Carmody priest), Martin Benson (Christian Brother), Birdy Sweeney (old priest), Owen O'Gorman (sleeping sailor), Pat McGrath (butcher), Ray McBride (mill foreman), John Sheedy (coal yard foreman), Sam Ryan, Donncha Gleeson (shaved head boys), Jim McIntyre, Richard Walker (gravediggers), Mary Ann Spencer, Kathleen Lambe, Jer O'Leary (parents).
ColourTechnicolor
SoundDolby Digital
DTS
Duration120
Release date1999
CopyIFA (VHS)
SummaryIn Brooklyn in 1935, five-year-old Frank McCourt lives in a tenement with his younger brother Malachy, toddler twins, Eugene and Oliver, father, Malachy senior, and mother Angela. Delight at the birth of a new baby sister turns to despair when she dies, and Angela finds herself unable to cope. Malachy senior goes on another drinking binge, while Angela's mother sends money for the journey back to Limerick, where life proves to be even harder. Frank grows up against a background of poverty., while Malachy senior drifts in and out of work and of the city's pubs, squandering his wages on drink as the family starve. Angela pleads for charity. Oliver and Eugene fatally succumb to the damp and the cold but Frank gradually manages to find a place for himself in Limerick, progressing through school, his first communion, his first pint and his first job as a coalman's assistant - a job which nearly blinds him with conjunctivitis. At the outbreak of World War II, Malachy senior goes to England in search of work, returns fleetingly at Christmas and is never seen again. Evicted from their house, the McCourts move in with their cousin Lamen who treats them like slaves and expects sexual favours from Angela. Frank leaves school and home and gets a job as a telegram delivery boy through which he meets Theresa, a young girl with consumption, with whom Frank loses his virginity before she dies. Frank also makes extra money writing letters for the local moneylender. When she dies, he finds her hoard of cash, and, after a final confrontation with his mother, leaves for the United States.
ReferenceIT 19/3/98; IT 19/3/98; ST 3/4/98: 12-3; SI 17/4/98: 3; IT 21/4/98: 6; IT 20/7/98: 8; ST 24/4/98: 8; ST 28/6/98: 20; IT 25/7/98: 1; IT (Weekend) 25/7/98: 2; IT (Weekend) 19/9/98: 3; IT 19/9/98: 6; ST 4/10/98: 1-2; SI 1/11/98; 3L; The Examiner 13/4/98; The Examiner 21/4/98; The Examiner 21/10/98; IT (Sound and Vision) 13/11/98: 13; SBP, 20/12/98: 33-4; IT (Weekend) 24/12/98: 1&4; IT 24/12/98; 20; ST 27/12/98: 17; IT (Weekend) 30/1/99: 3; ST 14/2/99: 3; IT 2/3/99: 14; IT 3/4/99: 4; IT 27/4/99: 7; IT (Weekend) 22/4/99: 5; IT (Sound and Vision) 23/7/99: 15; IT (Sound and Vision) 27/8/99: 13; IT (Business) 15/10/99: 7; SBP 7/11/99: 1; ST (People and Review) 14/11/99: 1; ST (People and Review) 21/11/99: 7; IT 20/11/99: 2; The Guardian 17/12/99: 5; ST (People and Review) 20/02/00: 7; IT 18/12/99: 17: The New York Observer 20/12/99: 66; IT 24/12/99: 24; SI 26/12/99: 38; EH 5/1/00: 24-25; The Guardian 7/1/00: 10-11; IT (Weekend) 8/1/00: 2; SI 9/1/00: 24; ST 9/1/00: 23; ST (People and Review) 9/1/00: 1; SI 9/1/00: 16-17, IT 11/1/00: 3; IT 13/01/00: 3; IT 13/01/00: 3; IT 13/01/00: 3; IT (Sound and Vision) 14/01/00: 13; The Guardian (Friday Review) 14/01/00: 4; Radio Times 8-14/01/00: 54; Independent on Sunday (Culture) 9/01/00: 2; SI (Living and Leisure) 16/1/00: 5L; IT (Weekend), 16/01/00: 24; ST (Culture) 16/01/00: 9; ST (People and Review) 16/01/00: 6; SI 16/01/00: 4; ST 16/01/00: 23; ST 6/01/00: 23; Dublin Event Guide 19/01-01/02/00: 4; IT 20/01/00: 19; Production notes for Angela's Ashes, 2000: 1-92; ST 23/01/00: 9; ST (People and Review) 23/01/00: 7; IT 15/01/00: 12; S&S 01/2000: 40-42;
Radio Times 22-28/01/00: 55; Irish Tatler 29/01/00: 2; ST 30/01/00: 22; SI30/01/00: 19; SBP (Agenda) 30/01/00: 33; American Cinematographer 01/2000: 96-98, 100, 102; SI 06/02/00: 9: ST (People and Review) 13/02/00:n 7; IT 16/02/00: 11; FW Iss 39: 62; IT (Weekend) 19/02/00: 2;
IT 19/02/00: 1; FI Feb/Mar 2000: 42-43; ST (People and Review) 06/03/00: 24; SI 12/03/00: 4; ST (People and Review) 12/03/00: 7; RTE Guide 07/01/00: 62; IT 19/04/00: 2; IT 22/06/00: 1; The Guardian (Friday Review) 21/07/00: 22; ST (Art Life) 16/07/00: 6; SI (Living and Leisure), 16/07/00: 33L; IT (Magazine) 11/08/01: 59; IT (Magazine) 10/11/01: 55; Cineaste Vol. XXV, no. 2000: 56-57; In Production 10/2003 Vo 6 No 5: 19.
Format35mm
DistributorUnited International Pictures (UK)
LanguageEnglish
Production creditsp.c.: Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, David Brown-Scott Rudin, Dirty Hands Productions, p: Scott Rudin, David Brown, Alan Parker, sc: Laura Jones, Alan Parker based on the book Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, dop: Michael Seresin, ed: Gerry Hambling, p.dsgn.: Geoffrey Kirkland, m: John Williams. exec.p: Adam Schroeder, Eric Steel, line.p: David Wimbury, Morgan O'Sullivan, James Flynn, assoc.p: Kit Golden, Donchy Mount, p.super: Gerry Toomey, p.control: Robert E. Kocourek, p.co-ord: Cate Arbeid, unit.m: Des Martin, loc.m: Paddy McCarney, Geraldine Daly, Cara Gavigan, Cathy Pearson, a.d.: Dennis Maguire, Tommy Gormley, William Booker, Ian Stone, Richard Graysmark, Brian Mulvey, Aoife Thunder, Brendan O'Sullivan, sc.super: Sally Jones, cast: John Hubbard, Ross Hubbard, Juliet Taylor, c.op: Michael Roberts, Edward J. Adcock, visual.effs: Peerless Camera Company, Kent Houston, sp.effs: Yves De Bono, Anmdrew Wilson, Jim Brady, Mark Griffen, Conor Coughlan, graphic: Laurence O'Toole, super.art d: Malcolm Middleton, art d: Jonathan McKiinstry, Fiona Daly, set.dec: Jennifer Williams, draughtsperson: Colman Corish, Lesley Oakley, scenic.art: Brian Bishop, cost: Consolata Boyle, ward.super: Sue Wain, make-up: Sarah Monzani, Claire Lambe, hair: Des Corcoran, Eileen Buggy, titles: Pacific Title, Mirage, instrumental soloists: oboe: John Ellis, cello: Steve Erdody, harp: Jo Ann Yurovsky, piano: Randy Kerber, orch: John Neufeld, m.ed: Ken Wannberg, m.mix: Simon Rhodes, soundtrack: 'Cafe Musik' perf by Matthias Seuffert; 'E lui! Desso L'Infante!' from 'Don Carlos' by Giuseppe Verdi, 'Bei mir bist du schon (Means That you're Grand)' by Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin, Jacob jacobs, Sheldon Secunda, perf by Al Bowlly, 'Louise' by Leo Robin, Richard Whiting, 'The Dipsy Doodle' by Larry Clinton perf by Nat Gonella and his Georgians, 'Kevin Barry', 'The Green Glens of Antrim' (trad), 'Meseri mei, Deus' by Gregori Allegri, perf by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, conducted by Richard Marlow, 'You Couldn't be Cuter' by Dorothy Fields, perfomed by Al Bowlly, 'Agitato No 1' by Max Steiner, 'The Maids of Castlebar' (trad) arranged and perf by Kevin Joyce, 'Stampede' by Reginald H. Bassett, 'Le Roi Lepreux', by Henri Poussigue, 'Harrowing Moment' by/perf by John Rutland, 'I can't Give You Anything But Love' by Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, perf by Billie Holiday, 'The Mummy' by James Dietrich, 'Pennies From Heaven' by Johnny Burke, Arthur Ashton, perf by Billie Holiday, 'Kairer Bill' by Alan Parker, 'Your Mother's Son in Law' by Mann Holiner, Alberta Nichols perf by Billie Holiday, 'A Mother's Love's A Blessing' by T.P. Keegan, s. rec: Jack Weston, narr. rec: Jim Colgan, rec.mix: Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, super.s.ed: Eddy Joseph, dial.ed: Nick Lowe, ADR: John Fitzgerald, David Sloss, Foley: Pauline Griffiths, Ruth Sullivan, Ed Colyer, Peter Holt, stunt.co-ord: Martin Grace.
LocationLimerick
Genre/CategoryFeature Film Drama
Literary Adaptation
KeywordsFamily
Poverty
Migration
Childhood
School
Work
Sex
Death
Limerick
Brooklyn
New York
Alcoholics
1930s
1940s

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