Angela's Ashes

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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. Frank embarks on a journey to overcome the poverty of his childhood and reach the land of his dreams: America.
Alan Parker
Emily WatsonRobert CarlyleJoe Breen
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Ciaran OwensMichael LeggeRonnie MastersonPauline McLynnLiam CarneyEanna MacLiamAndrew Bennett
Alan ParkerScott RudinDavid Brown
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Gross and disgusting
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Utterly despicable people. The father is a proud, selfish drunk who drinks away his starving children's food money, and the mother becomes a whore. I turned it off at that point. Too bad I'd already wasted almost 2 hours on it. But I still thought it wasn't worth finishing with only 36 minutes left.

I think the good reviews just come from pity for stark poverty, and maybe some people get a kick out of the incredibly crass "humor." Like using a dead child's coffin as an ashtray with the body inside, or cracking crude jokes while the body rots in bed with the mother crying beside him quietly. Not to mention a brother pimping his own unwilling teenage sisters. This isn't funny, it's vile, and the whole movie is really gross to look at, too. A complete waste of time. There's this unmistakably ugly attitude that pervades the whole thing. It's sicker than any specifically depressing part of the content.
16 people found this helpful
Scott SenjoReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Depression-era Ireland spot on
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I wanted an insight into the social and economic conditions of late 1920s Ireland and this is it, without a doubt. If I was only interested in a drama of a simple Irish family, I could see where the one-star reviews are coming from. This movie (I haven't read the book) is a difficult-to-forget depiction of the wretchedness that was endured by a great many people in the Great Depression, almost like a Grapes of Wrath for Limerick, Ireland. I was stunned scene-after-scene in what the locals had to endure and made comparisons to what it's like in the U.S. today for most people (e.g., luxurious by comparison). The rainy, chilly, gloomy weather was the fitting back-drop for an existence that had an absolute paucity of any simple pleasure. My worse days today are vastly better than the best days depicted in the movie. Also highly informative is the overarching influence of strict Catholicism (I grew-up with a version of it). A person could not lift a finger without the bane of Catholicism come crashing down on it. Enjoyed the movie very much for it's insights.
12 people found this helpful
AmieReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Read the book and watch the movie
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I saw the movie years ago and I loved it. Recently, a friend of mine bought the book for me and I absolutely love the book. I wanted to see the movie again but through my subscriptions I had to buy it. That's okay because this is a classic to me. After seeing the movie again and reading the book again I watched several of the interviews with the author. The people who hate on him should be ashamed of themselves. This was his life - his "miserable Irish Catholic Life" as a child.
15 people found this helpful
Southern Style Handmade GiftsReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I can't tell you when is best to watch this movie..when you are doing good or when you are broke.
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It took me a long time to watch this movie, the sad face on the front kept me from watching it, you start things with Children, Depression, etc and you get a sense it is going to be one of those movies.

I can't tell you when is best to watch this movie, when you have money in your pocket and you need something to humble you or when you are flat broke and realize that others have it worse than matter who crappy your paycheck by paycheck life is.

Perhaps a little of both. It kept me fixed on it and that's always a good story.

I would say watch it first before letting any teens see is rated R for showing women boobs, young guys butt, and teens fighting their urges (sigh) I mentioned this for those wondering why is rated R.
39 people found this helpful
Natural WomanReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gut wrenching movie !
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Emotional from the beginning..Scenes...true to life in those years..A young boy ...becoming a young man...Sinning and being forgiven...Family is 'what' matters...The desperate mother clinging to life for her children feed them and putting a roof over their heads...Suffering not a 'part' ..but a 'way' of life...for these early Irish were with the English and those who 'did' make it to America........It was difficult surviving life to get 'on' that boat, moving forward with one's life.......This 'is' a powerful movie...explaining the 'lives' of the family..How many of us 'are that strong..!!??? In overcoming
3 people found this helpful
BoHo ChicReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
what a waste of my time
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Really? what is it that so many people like about this movie? Slow moving story about a lazy drunk who would not work and kept his wife and 7 kids in extreme poverty, 3 of them dead from malnourishment and the diseases that happen with it. There was nothing good in this story at all. Mud, rain, water, pissy streets, disease, filthy bodies, raggy clothes, booze, and sex, of course.
4 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A family up against the odds Thankfully it lightens up as it progresses
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The movie begins with a voiceover which asks how the main character Frank survived growing up in Ireland. He said he had a miserable childhood. What he meant by that is shown in the first scene when his newborn sister dies. That’s just the beginning of the tragedies. That’s what the story is all about, the struggle to survive for his family. Mixed in with that is boyish things like going to school, playing in the streets, hearing about girls, etc in this coming of age story. Luckily as Frank gets older the plot lightens up otherwise it would be too depressing. In fact there’s even some uplifting moments like when Frank liberates the poor of the city from their debt. Overall this is a very compelling story of a family up against the odds.
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M. ContrerasReviewed in the United States on June 11, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very good film
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I've read the book four times and seen this movie three times. They are both good but for different reasons. If I'm comparing the two, I'd say the movie misses most of the humor in the book. While reading the book, I found myself laughing and crying at the same time, at several points! McCourt's descriptions of things, though terribly dark and horrifying, were downright hilarious at the same time. The movie couldn't quite capture this, I would say due to the sort of depressing score - it really did sound like the soundtrack to despair. The desaturated color made sense for some of it, but it didn't need to be for the entire film. I would have liked to see more of the dark humor in the movie. That said, I love both equally. I would love to see the film version of 'Tis, the "sequel", which picks up where this left off - on the ship to America.
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