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Angela's ashes

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Movie propaganda

In 1935, when it is more common for Irish families to leave their famine-stricken country for America, the impoverished McCourt family do the reverse. Following the sudden death of her 7-week-old daughter, Angela (Emily Watson) and her unemployable, alcoholic husband, Malachy Senior (Robert Carlyle) set sail from New York harbour to Cork with their 4 children - Frank, Malachy Junior and twins Eugene and Oliver - to return to the land which a mystified young Frank had only heard of as "Where there was no work and people were dying of the starvation and the damp."

A cold greeting awaits them in Limerick by Angela's Catholic family. Her mother, sister Aggie (Pauline McLynn) and brother Pat (Eanna Macliam) have never accepted Angela's marriage to a Protestant from Belfast. Grandma lends them some money for a small place on Windmill Street, and any hope of their luck changing soon disappears with dad not being able to find employment and Oliver dying from malnourishment and the damp. Within months, Eugene dies from the same conditions and dad's spirits sink lower and lower - he not only drowns his sorrows in a pint of stout he cannot afford but shamelessly uses his son's coffin as a table in the pub.

Angela relentlessly plows on for the sake of her children. She pleads with the charitable St Vincent de Paul society to provide them with furniture and a new mattress that is not contaminated by the consumption, and as she is cross-questioned about her husband's jobprospects, Frank looks on at her enduring such humiliation to protect and care for her family.

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Drama Ireland famine USA America Cork family Limerick Protestant Catholic

Persons of interest

  • Joe Breen .... young Francis "Frank" McCourt
  • Ciaran Owens .... middle Francis "Frank" McCourt
  • Michael Legge .... older Francis "Frank" McCourt
  • Ronnie Masterson .... Grandma Sheehan
  • Liam Carney .... Uncle Pa Keating
  • Andrew Bennett .... Narrator
  • Shane Murray-Corcoran .... young Malachy McCourt Junior
  • Devon Murray .... middle Malachy McCourt Junior
  • Peter Halpin .... older Malachy McCourt Junior
  • Aaron Geraghty .... newborn Michael McCourt
  • Sean Carney Daly .... baby Michael McCourt
  • Frank McCourt .... Author
  • Alan Parker .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Media intelligence (DVD)

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Security censorship classification

M

Surveillance time

145 minutes (2:25 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 18 May 2000
DVD retail: 23 October 2000
VHS rental: 23 October 2000

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