Ash Wednesday Poster

Release Date: October 11th, 2002

DVD Release Date: February 18th, 2003

R|1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary
On Ash Wednesday in 1983, three years after he was supposedly killed by rival mobsters, Sean (Elijah Wood) returns to the Hell's Kitchen section of New York City, much to the dismay of those who wanted him dead. Not only does his return put his own life in danger, it also threatens the lives of his wife, Grace (Rosario Dawson), and his brother, Francis (Edward Burns). Sean's criminal past catches up with him as he works to protect Francis, Grace and the son he left behind.

Cast: Edward Burns, Elijah Wood, Rosario Dawson, Oliver Platt, Pat McNamara, James Handy, Michael Mulheren, Malachy McCourt

Director: Edward Burns

Genres: Drama

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  • The impish Wood is a little light as Sean, who's inextricably bound by same family ties that robbed him of a promising future and made him a fugitive from the only life he's even known, but the supporting cast is top-notch. show more

  • Ambitious, guilt-suffused melodrama crippled by poor casting. show more

  • We wish other directors would keep Edward Burns busy acting so he wouldn't have time to make his own movies. This is his fourth since "The Brothers McMullen" and they get more tedious each time out. show more

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