Ironweed (1987)

Hard times and Good times. Francis and Helen.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1987-12-18
  • User Rating: 6.7/10 from 67 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 23min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: TAFT Entertainment Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
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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.

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    Sound John Morris Music
    Production Bonnie Timmermann Casting
    Editing Anne Goursaud Editor
    Art Robert Guerra Art Direction
    Art Leslie A. Pope Set Decoration
    Costume & Make-Up Dorothy J. Pearl Makeup Artist
    Art Jeannine Oppewall Production Design
    Crew Steven Kirshoff Special Effects Coordinator
    Production Keith Barish Producer
    Writing William Kennedy Writer
    Costume & Make-Up J. Roy Helland Hairstylist
    Costume & Make-Up Joseph G. Aulisi Costume Design
    Directing Hector Babenco Director
    Camera Lauro Escorel Director of Photography
    Production Marcia Nasatir Producer
    Costume & Make-Up David Forrest Makeup Department Head
    Art Clare Scarpulla Assistant Art Director
    Art Joseph Petruccio Sr. Construction Coordinator
    Costume & Make-Up Milton Buras Hairstylist
    Art Beth Kuhn Assistant Art Director
    Costume & Make-Up Marie-Ange Ripka Key Hair Stylist
    Directing Cornelia 'Nini' Rogan Script Supervisor
    Art Enno Poersch Assistant Art Director
    Visual Effects Paul Boyington Visual Effects Supervisor