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  • 1987
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Héctor Babenco
  • Cast: Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe, Diane Venora, Fred Gwynne, Margaret Whitton, Tom Waits
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Heartbreaking performances from Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep lie at the core of this deeply moving adaptation of William Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Set during an autumn weekend in the Great Depression, Ironweed tells the story of Francis Phelan (Nicholson), a former baseball player turned booze-sodden skid row bum haunted by the mistakes that have defined his fall from grace. Helen (Streep) is a bag lady, lost in dreams of former glory and clinging to the wreckage of her life with steely gentility. Director Hector Babenco reveals their plight and search for redemption in an underrated classic which is all the more impressive for its refusal to wallow in easy sentimentality. Part of Glasgow Film Festival

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