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Angela's Ashes [VHS] (2000)

Emily Watson , Robert Carlyle , Alan Parker  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens, Michael Legge
  • Directors: Alan Parker
  • Writers: Alan Parker, Frank McCourt, Laura Jones
  • Producers: Alan Parker, Adam Schroeder, David Brown, David Wimbury
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: December 5, 2000
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000507P6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,133 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book

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104 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful child actors.... June 29, 2000
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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Affecting look at the human face of poverty July 22, 2000
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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie February 8, 2006
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardly A Disappointment August 15, 2000
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After reading the reviews of several film critics when Angela's Ashes first came out in the theater I sadly decided to veto the movie completly. Then my husband purchased the DVD version of the movie for me as a wonderful treat and I absolutly fell in love with it. I don't care what other people say about Angela's Ashes, it is a rare look into the life of a brilliant man, who forced his way out of a poverty stricken Ireland and made a wonderful life for himself in America. I praise Frank McCourt for his courage and his passion for writing such a heartwarming story about his family and life in Ireland, and Alan Parker, for bringing the book to life in such a dynamic way.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. Not too good. October 4, 2006
Angela's Ashes is one of the best books I have ever read. I would have given this film atleast FOUR stars had I not read the book first. It is not a bad movie but I don't think the characters chosen to play a few crucial roles were too good. However, I must give credit to the fact that most situations described within the book are covered (with much haste). I didn't quite the get the feel of the film belonging to Ireland. The movie lacked much of the begging for basic food items and it also lacked the unbothered air of foolishness around Frank's father.

One major reason I give the film three stars and the book five is that I laughed out loud around 14 times while reading the book while around 2times while watching it.

To people who dislike reading books, this movie is for you.

For fans of the book and movie, Sorry - It didn't work for me.

Beyond the beyonds.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Depressing
Too depressing for me this week.
Published 9 hours ago by Chick Lit Angel
4.0 out of 5 stars I think the movie is actually better than the book
I think the movie is actually better than the book. Did not like the book much in spite of the raves!
Published 2 days ago by Marilyn T. Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Tribute to the Power of Faith and Hard Work
This is a heartbreaking and heartwarming true story of a boy growing up in abject poverty in Ireland, and how, with the help of family and friends and a little luck, he ultimately... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Daniel B. Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars I expected this to be depressing, but this movie ...
I expected this to be depressing, but this movie dragged along FOR-EV-ER! I finally gave up after an hour & a half. I didn't even care what happened at the end.
Published 23 days ago by Ashley
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad flick
Very dark movie. Plot moved so slow. We stopped watching midway thru the film.
Published 26 days ago by Mark Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars For me this film is a true classic.. ...
For me this film is a true classic..My only wish is that it would be released on Blu-Ray!!..A must watch tear jerker!!...
Published 28 days ago by ralph
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull
Couldn't stay interested.
Published 1 month ago by Jason
4.0 out of 5 stars Eh
Wasn't quite what I expected after reading the book. I guess that's always how it goes though.
Published 1 month ago by Anne S. Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not nearly as good as the audio book read by the author.
Published 1 month ago by Kerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. A must see. 2 thumbs up.
Published 1 month ago by Michael L. Winters
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Angela's Ashes.... the title...?
I heard the title refers to the ashes from Angela's cigarettes.
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