Academic journal article Childhood Education

Angela's Ashes. (1999)

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Angela's Ashes. (1999)

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Angela's Ashes. (1999).

(145 min.)

Based on the book of the same title by Frank McCourt

Director: Alan Parker

Rated: R for sexual content and some language

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Angela's Ashes is based on the first in a three-volume memoir by Frank McCourt, a high school teacher who struggled to find his style and eventually became extremely successful in the classrooms of some of the most difficult high schools in New York City. Although the scenes of abject poverty, drunkenness, and child abuse are difficult to watch at times, the spirit of the movie is hopeful in the face of terrible disappointments and abominable living conditions. Frank McCourt showed that he has what it takes to raise himself from what could have been despair and develop into a valued and beloved educator.

The movie is more than a portrayal of the human will to survive. It is really a celebration of life for the sake of life. Frank McCourt spends much of his childhood and his young adult life fighting for the dream, shared by all of us, that somewhere in the world there must be a rational place where life is celebrated rather than treated as a burden. …

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