About the film
emigration irish-american hunger socially deprived family famine alcoholism based on memoir or autobiography ireland brooklyn, new york city 1930s life in the slums
Release Date: December 25, 1999
|Production Companies||:||Universal Pictures, Paramount|
|Producers||:||Juliet Taylor, John Hubbard, Scott Rudin, David Brown, Kit Golden, Ros Hubbard, Alan Parker, Eric Steel, Adam Schroeder, David Wimbury, Morgan O'Sullivan, James Flynn, Doochy Moult|
|Writers||:||Frank McCourt, Laura Jones|
Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film opens with the family in Brooklyn, but following the death of one of Frankie's siblings, they return home, only to find the situation there even worse. Prejudice against Frankie's Northern Irish father makes his search for employment in the Republic difficult despite his having fought for the IRA, and when he does find money, he spends the money on drink.