Angela’s Ashes
Character: Malachy
Original Release: December 25, 1999 (US)
Directed by: Alan Parker
Written by: Laura Jones, Alan Parker
Produced by: David Brown, Scott Rudin
Running Time: 145 minutes
Box Office: $13,000,000 (US)

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.

Cast & Characters

Emily Watson (Angela McCourt), Devon Murray (Middle Malachy) Joe Breen (Young Frank), Ciaran Owens (Middle Frank), Michael Legge (Older Frank), Kerry Condon (Theresa Carmody), Ronnie Masterson (Grandma Sheehan), Pauline McLynn (Aunt Aggie)

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Filming Dates: December 1998 - September 1998
Filming Locations: (view all)
  • Limerick, Ireland
  • County Cork, Ireland
  • County Dublin, Ireland
  • This film is based on a memoir of the same name.
  • Liam Neeson was considered for the male lead.
  • The doctor who treats Frank McCourt when he is in the hospital with typhoid is the director, Alan Parker.

Memorable Quotes

Angela McCourt: If I were able I would go to work in the English factories.
Malachy: Factory's no place for a woman Angela.
Angela McCourt: Sittin' on your arse is no place for a man Malachy.

Malachy: It's poor I am. It's unlucky I am. But it's useless I am not.

Malachy: I wouldn't give the English the steam off my pish!

Mrs. Leibowitz: What is it, Malachy?
Malachy: It's a beautiful wee girl, Mrs. Liebowitz! After four boys, can you believe it? A wee girl.

Awards & Nominations

London Critics Circle Film Award as Best Actress of the Year - Emily Watson
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award as Best Score
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Irish Film and Television Award as Best Feature Film
Irish Film and Television Award as Best Craft Achievement - Film
Irish Film and Television Award as Best Actor - Robert Carlyle
Irish Film and Television Award as Best Actress - Emily Watson
Academy Awards as Best Music, Original Score
Golden Globes as Best Original Score
BAFTA as Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Emily Watson
BAFTA as Best Cinematography
BAFTA as Best Production Design
Empire Award as Best British Film
Empire Award as Best British Actor - Robert Carlyle
International Film Music Critics Award as Film Score of the Year
London Critics Circle Film Award as British Newcomer of the Year - Michael Legge
Young Artist Award as Best Performance in an International Film - Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens, Michael Legge

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