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Angela's Ashes (2000)

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 18, 2000
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305872058
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,133 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Angela's Ashes" on IMDb

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96 of 100 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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20 of 20 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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26 of 29 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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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
Very good movie on the way some of the Jews where lucky enough to have a save place to hide
Published 16 hours ago by Captpaul
5.0 out of 5 stars Angela's Ashes
The movie is so sad, but so is the book. I have all three of McCourt's books and would recommend the movie to those who have read the books.
Published 2 days ago by Mary Maday
5.0 out of 5 stars Does It Rain Constantly in Ireland?
Though the subject matter of the film was pretty depressing, it had its lighter and funny moments. I believe it depicted the squalor and poverty of those years in Ireland very... Read more
Published 2 days ago by J. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars truth, propaganda, believeable facts -
This film was more than the book - high school students of history too and including creative writing classes in college should read first, wait, digest, discuss then watch the... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Nance L. Briscoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Must watch!!!
Unexplainable...just watch with an open mind and an open heart. Movies like this are in so rare form. Truly amazing
Published 11 days ago by Cheryl R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad, but wonderful
I knew that growing up in the Irish ghetto was hard, but this is an eye opener. There are very few happy moments in this movie, but knowing how strong you can be when you have to... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Nancy Rattigan
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, but very sad
If you like movies that cheer you up, this is not the movie for you. Unfortunately, it is a very realistic portrayal of what Ireland was like at the time when this story is told. Read more
Published 13 days ago by snakie100
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
Such a touching movie. I recommend for people who like foreign films to watch this. One of my favorite movies
Published 14 days ago by Victoria
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie spoiled by Amazon's terrible delivery on line
Angela's Ashes is a story of poverty, neglect and triumph in a poor family in Ireland in the 1930s. It was ruined, as have been the half-dozen or so movies I've watched through... Read more
Published 18 days ago by The Shovel
5.0 out of 5 stars Angela's ashes
A true story of a Irish family and real hard times and what's it's like to make it. Well acted and directed a Great Movie and based on a Novel. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Scott Dickens
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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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