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Release Date: January 21st, 2000

DVD Release Date: July 18th, 2000

R|2 hr 25 min

Plot Summary
In 1935 when it is more common for Irish families to leave their famine-stricken country for America, the impoverished McCourt family does the reverse. Following the sudden death of her 7-week-old daughter, Angela (Emily Watson) and her unemployable, alcoholic husband, Malachy Sr. (Robert Carlyle), set sail from New York Harbor to Cork with their four children.

Cast: Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens, Michael Legge, Ronnie Masterson, Pauline McLynn, Liam Carney

Director: Alan Parker

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: David Brown Productions, Scott Rudin Productions, Dirty Hands Productions

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: 1940s, Melodramatic, Love, Quest, Growing up, Mother, Father, Emotional, Moving, 1930s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • If Parker had aimed more at capturing the author's unique voice, and worried less about getting the details right, his movie might have been extraordinary as well.

  • Parker has honored the core of the work and in the process turned a great memoir into a memorable movie.

  • Lacks the humor and charm that fills the book and makes it so much more than a catalog of suffering.

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Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture