Ironweed Poster

Release Date: 1987

DVD Release Date: February 24th, 2009

R|2 hr 21 min

Plot Summary
In Depression-era Albany, N.Y., erstwhile baseball star Francis Phelan (Jack Nicholson) has become an alcoholic vagabond after guilt over accidentally killing his infant son led him to desert his family. Over the course of several days, he ambles from gritty job to dirty bar to makeshift sleeping quarters. By chance, he encounters fellow itinerant drinker and his sometime lover, Helen Archer (Meryl Streep). Together, they wax nostalgic about their haunted pasts.

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Tom Waits, Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe, Diane Venora, Fred Gwynne, Margaret Whitton

Director: Hector Babenco

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Bar, Witty, 1930s, Love, Wife, Fall


Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama