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Ironweed is a film many people would find slow. Nothing much happens and the characters don't change. The stark grim atmosphere and the dead end conditions unrelenting. There is no hope in the story of Frances Phelan. He has abandoned his family 22 years ago after dropping his 13 year old baby to its death. The film starts with him visiting his dead baby's grave for the first time, and then follows him around as he joins his companion Helen Archer (Meryl Streep) and his friend of sorts Rudy (Tom Waits). All three of them are alcoholics, and we watch as they wade through the alleys of Albany 1938 looking for a place to sleep . They get robbed, they see a homeless prostitute from Alaska die of cold and they get into fights. But there is no emotional release in their anger or in their better moments. You'd expect there to be emancipated joy when Streep sings in a bar in front of a full house, or rage when a bunch of kids rob them of all their money.Read more ›
August '09 EDIT: Butch Johnson, a projectionist, gave the film a 3 star rating (on Feb. 27, 2009); he commented that this film was originally filmed in a fullscreen (1.33 : 1) aspect ratio, and "cropped" on the top and bottom for commercial "widescreen" theatrical distribution. Comparing this fullscreen version with the widescreen version (which can be seen on youtube in installments, numbered: 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) Mr. Johnson's claim appears quite valid. Consequently, although there's certainly something to be said for a film that fills our widescreen television screens, this DVD does not appear to be a pan-and-scan; it actually lets us see more of the "original" film, in--paradoxically--a smaller "blackboxed" 4X3 area.
UPDATE APRIL 2013: Hosanna! The Bluray widescreen (1:77:1) version of this film is vastly superior to the previously released fullscreen version. As mentioned in my two previous paragraphs, the top and the bottom of this newer version have been trimmed, but the film is now available the way the director intended, and it packs a much stronger wallop. The video quality of the bluray version is greatly improved, and it makes for a considerably richer movie experience. Enjoy!
Sound is excellent also. This film contains imo 2 of the best examples of acting from both Streep and Nicholson - some of their best work. Anyone who is a fan of either actor and has somehow missed this one - I highly recommend you pick this latest Blu-ray version up ASAP.
Finally a video / audio release worthy of the original film - it's about time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just watching Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep would be enough to make it worthwhile.Though it has the character of a stage play, it's worth owning. Tom Waits in it, too.Published 2 months ago by Janice200
Beyond boring. Hard to believe that two great stars like Nicholson and Streep could be that boring.Published 6 months ago by Dr. Marilyn Rosenthal
William Kennedy won The Pulitzer Prize for "Ironweed" then adapted this screenplay. Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep are homeless residents of Albany in 1936. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David Seaman
excellent movie of love and hard times during the depression. I would recommend this movie to everyone. Read morePublished 8 months ago by carol j hegdahl