Directed by: Hector Babenco
Written by: William Kennedy
Runtime: 143 min
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Profile of Ironweed
The mood of Ironweed is gloomy, sincere, and emotional. The plot centers around alcohol abuse, being rich or poor, and being down on your luck. It is a drama and period movie. In approach, Ironweed is serious and realistic. The pacing is slow. The setting is New York. Ironweed happens in the 1900s, in the 1910s, and in the 1930s. It is based on a book. The movie is known for being critically acclaimed.
Summary of Ironweed
Hector Babenco`s bittersweet film, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by William Kennedy, stars Jack Nicholson as Francis Phelan, a drunken former baseball player running away from life and the painful, guilty memories that haunt him. Set in the winter of 1938, Ironweed features Francis wandering the streets of Albany, New York, with his pal Rudy (musician Tom Waits) looking for odd jobs, cheap drinks, and flophouses. Meryl Streep costars as Helen Archer, Francis`s longtime girlfriend and partner in drink. Together they lament the misery of life and ponder their tragic pasts, hoping to find a way to free themselves from their troubled lives--but never believing it`s possible. Told in a series of drunken flashbacks, this dark portrait of depression-era hopelessness is a searing character-driven drama. Nicholson and Streep deliver painfully honest Oscar-nominated portrayals of two down-on-their-luck vagabonds moodily stewing in an alcoholic daze. The film, South American director Babenco`s American debut, also features an excellent performance by Waits.
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