Angela's Ashes

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Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the…

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 7.1/10 (11,665 voted)

Critic's Score: 54/100

Alan Parker

Stars: Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen

Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film opens with the family in Brooklyn, but following the death of one of Frankie's siblings, they return home, only to find the situation there even worse. Prejudice against Frankie's Northern Irish father makes his search for employment in the Republic difficult despite his having fought for the IRA, and when he does find money, he spends the money on drink.

Writers: Frank McCourt, Laura Jones


Emily Watson

Angela McCourt

Robert Carlyle

Malachy (Dad)

Joe Breen

Young Frank

Ciaran Owens

Middle Frank

Michael Legge

Older Frank

Ronnie Masterson

Grandma Sheehan

Pauline McLynn

Aunt Aggie

Liam Carney

Uncle Pa Keating

Eanna MacLiam

Uncle Pat

Andrew Bennett



Shane Murray-Corcoran

Young Malachy

(as Shane Murray Corcoran)

Devon Murray

Middle Malachy

Peter Halpin

Older Malachy

Aaron Geraghty

New Born Michael

Sean Carney Daly

Baby Michael

The Hopes of a Mother. The Dreams of a Father. The Fate of a Child.

Release Date: 21 January 2000

Filming Locations: Ardmore Studios, Herbert Road, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000


Opening Weekend: $54,628
(26 December 1999)
(6 Screens)

Gross: $13,038,660
(21 May 2000)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Last Cinema film of Martin Benson.


Factual errors:
A lunar eclipse can only occur when the moon is completely full, not gibbous as shown in the movie. Also, a lunar eclipse would not cast a moving shadow.


[First lines]
When I look back on my childhood, I wonder how my brothers and I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood. The happy childhood is hardly worth telling. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood. And worse still is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.

User Review

A Masterpiece

Rating: 10/10

Angela's Ashes is a gentle movie about love, suffering, striving, and
eventually, triumphing. There are no explosions, no aliens, no car crashes,
no easy answers. The acting is uniformly excellent with Robert Carlyle's
performance as Malachy McCourt especially outstanding. Beautifully
photographed, funny and devastating by turns, Angela's Ashes is an
experience to be treasured.