Angela's Ashes 2000 R CC

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Life in impoverished Depression-era Ireland holds little promise for young Frank McCourt, the oldest son in a tightly-knit family. Living by his wits, cheered by his irrepressible spirit, and sustained by his mother's fierce love, Frank embarks on an inspiring journey to overcome the poverty of his childhood and reach the land of his dreams: America.

Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle
2 hours 26 minutes

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Angela's Ashes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Alan Parker
Starring Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle
Supporting actors Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens, Michael Legge, Ronnie Masterson, Pauline McLynn, Liam Carney, Eanna MacLiam, Andrew Bennett, Shane Murray-Corcoran, Devon Murray, Peter Halpin, Aaron Geraghty, Sean Carney Daly, Oisin Carney Daly, Shane Smith, Tim O'Brien, Blaithnaid Howe, Klara O'Leary
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This was a good story and well acted.
Charles L. Carpenter
If you love history from the turn of the century, and want to better understand the plight of poverty stricken families, this is the movie for you.
Kel Hatch
I have read the book and this movie follows the book very well.
Al & Irm

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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster HALL OF FAME on June 29, 2000
Format: DVD
Well, I have to disagree with those who don't like this film. I read the book and I saw the film and the film is actually easier to take in some ways than the book. Both are pretty grim, there's no getting around that. Frank McCourt's childhood was a difficult affair.
The film and the book are works of art. The job of the artist is to shake us up, to make us see what we did not see before. The Ireland that Frank McCourt experienced was poor, dirty, downtrodden and very Catholic. Although I am not Irish, I grew up Catholic, and his depiction of the RC clergy was right-on. I can remember at the age of eight having a nun scream so hard she grew red in the face. I was terrified.
Well, read "Irish Immigrants and Exiles" if you think Mr. McCourt is exaggerating.
The film faithfully follows the book and I thought the film was more "hopeful" than the book. The child actors who play Frank at three different ages are wonderful. Mr. Mccourt said that he thought the film was a wonderful film that exactly captured his family. Guess we have to trust his judgement.
Whether you want to be subjected to this misery is another matter. The story reminds me of the films Carlo Ponti made about Italy after the War. Dirty, hungry children and pregnant 15-year olds. There are plenty of places still like that in the world, if only we can bring ourselves to look at them.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "flickjunkie" on July 22, 2000
Format: DVD
The trouble with making a movie out of a Pulitzer Prize winning book is that no matter how good and true to the book it is, it will usually be a disappointment. This has a lot to do with the difference between reading a story and seeing one. When one reads a book, it is usually done over time, perhaps a week or two. The words stir the imagination and the scenes described become images, usually more illusory than real. There is plenty of time for this process to work. A film, in contrast, is viewed over a period of about two hours, where the viewer is perceiving rather than imagining. The portrayals are well defined and no matter how creative the director, it is very difficult to create scenes that equal those of readers who have previously conjured fantastic images in their heads.
I believe this is the reason this film was such a disappointment to so many viewers who had read the book. Thankfully, I saw the film first, so I had no preconceived notions. With that fresh perspective, I must say that it was outstanding.
It the story is taken from the memoirs of Frank McCourt, who recounted his childhood in Ireland in the 1930's and 1940's. It is a poignant and compelling story of a poor family struggling to survive. The images are powerful depictions of the indignity of indigence in a world where hunger and disease were common and people went almost as frequently to the cemetery as to the market.
Alan Parker brings us a starkly realistic view of McCourt's Ireland. He scoured Ireland to find a ghetto that brought forth the images described in the book, but after an exhaustive search, he decided to build the lane from scratch using McCourt's photographs.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By cooperandre on February 8, 2006
Format: DVD
I enjoyed the movie, and of course movies sometimes are a bit of a let down from the book, but for those who rather just see the movie it does a fine job of telling the story. I read the book before seeing the movie and I thought they did a pretty good job, I do agree that there were some parts missing in the movie that was in the book. Emily Watson did a great job in this movie as well as each actor that played Frank McCourt. So regardless if you read the book or not I think you will enjoy this movie. And as for those, who think this movie is too Hollywood, well if that was the case then Frank's mom would have been played by Julia Roberts, his dad Tom Cruise, his aunt Britney Spears, and Frank would have been played by Will Smith, not to mention all the special affects they would have added to the movie. So I think it's a pretty good movie and recommend it.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By taking a rest HALL OF FAME on July 16, 2000
Format: DVD
This is the first time I have commented on a film; I could not stay silent on this movie adaptation of an exceptional book. There are books that are meant to be movies, books that make surprisingly good movies, and books that should never ever go beyond the mind's eye of the reader. I saw Mr. McCourt on The Charlie Rose show and he stated he felt "they" had gotten it (the film) just right". So who am I to say otherwise?
Many, many people were disappointed with "Tis"; you will be exponentially more distraught by this movie. "Angela's Ashes" was literally one of the greatest publishing successes of the last hundred years. From a book that had an initial run of only 27,000 copies to a book that now has sold millions, it was an event by any measure.
When the movie opened I was puzzled why it was in so few theaters. Major movies open on 2,000 or 3,000, or even more screens. This film peaked at 916 theaters, I believe, and went down from there.
The young and younger and youngest of boys that played Frank were wonderful. The Director Alan Parker does Ireland as well as anyone, and Emily Watson was wonderful as well. But a visually depressing Ireland is not enough to bring the film off. Everyone involved knew they were making a film that would have an audience with expectations impossibly high; it would be a remarkable task to even come close to meeting them. Whoever made the final call on go or no go, should have said no.
The movie-going public said don't bother, theater owners did not place it on their very valuable holiday season screens.
The movie went no place commercially and that is all the commentary this film needs. Whatever vision of "Angela" resides in your mind, keep it, embrace it, and love it, for this film will only detract from what you already have.
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