In America

A family of Irish immigrants adjusts to life on the mean streets of Hell’s Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child.

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Film Cast:

  • Sarah: Samantha Morton
  • Johnny: Paddy Considine
  • Christy: Sarah Bolger
  • Ariel: Emma Bolger
  • Mateo: Djimon Hounsou
  • Barker: David Wike
  • Frank: Michael Sean Tighe
  • Papo: Juan Carlos Hernández
  • Steve: Rene Millan
  • Gynaecologist: Nick Dunning
  • Paediatrician: Frank Wood
  • Marina: Merrina Millsapp
  • Hospital Administrator: Bernadette Quigley
  • Shopkeeper: Adrian Martinez
  • Stockbroker in Taxi: Des Bishop
  • Tony: Jason Salkey
  • Immigration Officer #1: Neal Jones
  • Theatre Director: Bob Gallico
  • Papo’s Girlfriend: Sara James
  • Immigration Officer #2: Randall Carlton
  • Frankie: Ciaran Cronin
  • Blind Man: Nye Heron
  • Mexican Woman with Child: Chary O’Dea
  • Man at Fair: Guy Carleton
  • Nun on School Steps: Elaine Grollman
  • Angela: Jennifer Seifert
  • Prize Giving Nun: Kathleen King
  • Nun Playing Piano: Eilish Scanlon
  • Actor in Queue: Tom Murphy
  • Sarah Mateo: Molly Glynn
  • Thomas Bakewell: Jer O’Leary
  • Administrator / Nurse: Regina Ford
  • Hospital Receptionist: Tamla Clarke
  • Doctor: Carmen Regan
  • Hospice Nurse: Nisha Nayar
  • Mexican Man Guitarist: Rodrigo Pineda Sánchez
  • Mexican Woman Guitarist: Gabriela Quintero López

Film Crew:

  • Casting: Avy Kaufman
  • Editor: Naomi Geraghty
  • Director of Photography: Declan Quinn
  • Casting: Joyce Gallie
  • Casting: Sally Osoba
  • Screenplay: Kirsten Sheridan
  • Production Design: Mark Geraghty
  • Producer: Arthur Lappin
  • Costume Design: Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh
  • Producer: Jim Sheridan
  • Original Music Composer: Maurice Seezer
  • Original Music Composer: Gavin Friday
  • Screenplay: Naomi Sheridan
  • Set Decoration: Johnny Byrne
  • Associate Producer: Nye Heron
  • Line Producer: Meredith Zamsky
  • Casting: Nuala Moiselle
  • Co-Producer: Paul Myler
  • Casting: Frank Moiselle
  • Hairstylist: Orla Carrol
  • Hairstylist: Angel De Angelis
  • Key Makeup Artist: Lori Hicks
  • Supervising Art Director: Susie Cullen
  • Key Makeup Artist: Morna Ferguson
  • Script Supervisor: Louise Gaffney

Movie Reviews:

  • Wuchak: _**An Irish family adjusts to life in Hell’s Kitchen**_

    Grieving the loss of a son, a family of Irish immigrants struggles to make it in an old apartment building in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan. Paddy Considine & Samantha Morton play the parents while Djimon Hounsou plays a loner artist in the complex.

    “In America” (2002) is a decent drama about adapting to life in the grungy Big Apple. Morton’s beauty is notable early on, despite her odd haircut, but most of the movie she’s pregnant. Meanwhile Sarah Bolger is smashing as daughter Christy, who narrates the story. Sarah would grow up to be a ravishing celestial woman.

    You can tell the story is semi-autobiographical by director/writer Jim Sheridan and his daughters, Naomi and Kirsten. A lot of the drama works, but some of it had kinks that needed worked out. This left me with a “Meh” impression. But enough of it works for those interested. One thing’s for sure, life in the Big City isn’t painted as remotely attractive. I’m assuming the father made the radical move to fulfill his dream in acting.

    The movie runs 1 hour, 44 minutes and was shot in Dublin, Ireland, with studio stuff done in Ardmore Studios, and some shots of Manhattan & points nearby.

    GRADE: C+

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