Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA/Ireland, 1999. David Brown Productions, Dirty Hands Productions, Scott Rudin Productions. Screenplay by Laura Jones, Alan Parker, based on the book by Frank McCourt. Cinematography by Chris Connier, Michael Seresin. Produced by David Brown, Alan Parker, Scott Rudin. Music by John Williams. Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland. Costume Design by Consolata Boyle. Film Editing by Gerry Hambling. Academy Awards 1999. Golden Globe Awards 1999. Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 1999.
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 (Robert Carlyle) 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.