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Ironweed (1987)

aka Ironweed

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Details: 143 mins · English · R (USA)


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Small Francis Phelan
Small Helen Archer
Small Annie Phelan
Small Rudy
Small Harold Allen
Small Margaret Phelan
Small Oscar Reo
Small Billy Phelan
No_movie_poster Katrina Dougherty
No_movie_poster Pee Wee


No_movie_poster William Kennedy Writer
Small Hector Babenco Director
No_movie_poster Marcia Nasatir Production
No_movie_poster William Kennedy Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Anne Goursaud Editing


Francis Phelan (Jack Nicholson) is a washed-up baseball player who deserted his family back in the 1910s when he accidentally and drunkenly dropped his son and killed him. Since then, Phelan has been a bum, punishing himself. Wandering into Albany, New York, Phelan seeks out his lover and drinking companion, Helen Archer (Meryl Streep). The two meet up in a mission managed by Reverend Chester (James Gammon), and later in Oscar Reo's (Fred Gwynne) gin mill. Over the next few days, Phelan takes a few minor jobs to support his habit, haunted by visions of his past. A chance for a reconciliation with his wife Annie Phelan (Carroll Baker) is abandoned when a group of local vigilantes with baseball bats take it upon themselves to drive the homeless out of Albany.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1987-12-18 : United States of America

Theatrical : United States of America

Theatrical : 1988-03-24 : Australia

Theatrical : 1988-06-09 : Argentina

Theatrical : 1988-07-15 : Finland

Theatrical : 1988-07-29 : Portugal

Theatrical : 1988-08-05 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1988-09-07 : France

Theatrical : 1988-12-08 : West Germany

Theatrical : Turkey

DVD : 2009-02-24 : United States of America

2012-06-26 : Russia