Ironweed (1987)

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  • Ironweed (1987)

    Movie Plot

    Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery and visits the grave of his infant son whom he dropped; visions of his past haunt him, including ghosts of two men he killed. That night, out drinking, Helen tries to sing at a bar. Next day, Fran visits his wife and children and meets a grandson. He could stay, but decides it's not for him. Helen gets their things out of storage and finds a hotel. Amidst their mistakes and dereliction, the film explores their code of fairness and loyalty.

    Director : Hector Babenco

    Genre : Drama

    Character : Francis Phelan

    Cast : Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe

    More info : imdb



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kurt - Tuesday, 9th Aug 2011 @ 09:00

Gaye Short: you can buy it also on DVD. I have the DVD, and the quality is OK. VHS quality will always be worse, and it will decrease every time you play it. You can get the DVD from Amazon or other (local) stores.

gaye short - Tuesday, 9th Aug 2011 @ 03:15

does anyone have a good copy of this movie to sell? i bought one online & it was terrible. kept stopping all thru the whole tape. i love this film & would like to own one.

raymount s. a. blenker - Sunday, 10th Apr 2011 @ 16:24

In those days a dollar could by a lot of glasses of beer.
Jack Nicholson Played the part to a Tee. His adept abilities flat out did it for me
in this film Ironweed.
Jack reminds me of someone I am fond of not the same but close. smile

franny - Sunday, 19th Jul 2009 @ 22:34

I saw Ironweed when it first came out in 1987 and thought it was a classic. Unfortunately I was one of the few who saw it at the movies. I have seen it several times since and rank it as one of the greatest movies of all time. Hopefully it will be re-discovered. The acting is absolutely first rate. Streep has her finest role and Tom Waits, Carol Baker, Donna Verona and Fred Gwynn are excellent.
The movie rightly so belongs to Nicholson. This ranks with Chinatown as one of his two finest roles. That's saying alot for a guy who has 17 Golden Globe noms and 12 Oscar noms. Jack really plays this role perfectly. He certainly deserved the Oscar for his work- how Michael Douglas won for Wall St. is beyond me. The scene with his daughter and him reading a letter that she had sent him years ago has me balling everytime I see it.
I love movies and this one ranks as one of the true treasures in cinema.

lk - Wednesday, 20th May 2009 @ 20:02

I dind't like it the first time also, but now I love it. I have seen the movie about 5 time smile

Jack and Meryl are just the great in everything they do smile ...I just love them!

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