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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305872058
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,174 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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101 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful child actors.... 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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Affecting look at the human face of poverty 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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardly A Disappointment August 15, 2000
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Format:DVD
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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. Not too good. October 4, 2006
Format:DVD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Angela's Ashes lives up to expectations!
Great movie based on a phenomenal book . A little on the dark side but an emotional power house of a movie.
Published 13 days ago by Badspartan
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
Although it has been years since I read the book, "Angela's Ashes," I believe this film captured the essence of it. Read more
Published 14 days ago by S. Schultz
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Made one realize how desperate things were in Ireland. Could be very depressing film for some. You can see how desperation can motivate one to make themselves better. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Lola
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a Classic - worth watching
This is a thought provoking movie of how rough times were .... this family survived a lot of sadness, misery, and poverty.
Published 24 days ago by Debra Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine movie
A realistic view of life in Ireland for some. What hardships that were lived out! The relationships between the siblings were rich with love.
Published 27 days ago by Vron
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic movie
I had read the book and was appalled by the conditions of life in Ireland at the time. Frank MaCourt did an incredible job of putting his words into vivid images. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diane Baron
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL STORY TELLING!
read the book and loved it so the movie was what I expected, a depressing yet funny story ,love the way the Irish express themselves and the strength they have. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lmarg920
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! Watch this movie.
I loved this movie! It brought the autobiography to life beautifully. The tragic story of the McCourt family is told with stark realism, but is tempered with great humor and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Grim
Read the book many years ago, and then watched the movie. Hard to believe it could have been that bad, but then again there are plenty of stories of similar hardships in Ireland.
Published 1 month ago by G. Mulligan
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
I enjoyed the movie even after reading the book, I normally consider movies that come from good books just overviews that leave out a good bit of material but this movie while... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Danno4570
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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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