Ironweed (1987)

Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery and visits the grave of his infant son whom he dropped; visions of his past haunt him, including ghosts of two men he killed. That night, out drinking, Helen tries to sing at a bar. Next day, Fran visits his wife and children and meets a grandson. He could stay, but decides it's not for him. Helen gets their things out of storage and finds a hotel. Amidst their mistakes and dereliction, the film explores their code of fairness and loyalty.

Directing:
  • Hector Babenco

Writing:
  • William Kennedy

Stars:
Release Date: 1987-12-18
themoviedb icon 6.9/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 143
Tom Waits
Tom Waits
Rudy
Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
Harold Allen
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholso...
Francis Phelan
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
Helen Archer
Carroll Baker
Carroll Baker
Annie Phelan
Michael O'Keefe
Michael O'Kee...
Billy
Diane Venora
Diane Venora
Peg
Fred Gwynne
Fred Gwynne
Oscar Reo
Margaret Whitton
Margaret Whit...
Katrina
James Gammon
James Gammon
Reverend Chester
Ted Levine
Ted Levine
Pocono Pete
Frank Whaley
Frank Whaley
Young Francis
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