Angela’s Ashes (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA/Ireland, 1999David Brown Productions, Dirty Hands Productions, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by , Alan Parker, based on the book by .  Cinematography by , .  Produced by , Alan Parker, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Strong adaptation of Frank McCourt’s autobiography about growing up poor in 1940s Ireland.  It’s an uplifting and touching trip back in time through McCourt’s eyes as he sees himself and his siblings growing up with a lonely mother (Emily Watson, who very much steals the show) and an insecure father () who just can’t stay off the booze long enough to keep himself employed. The photography is gorgeous and the three young men that play McCourt at various stages of growth are all equally brilliant and compassionate.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Original Score

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Original Score


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