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Ironweed (1987)

16 12/18/1987 (US) Drama 2h 23m

Hard times and Good times. Francis and Helen.


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.

  1. Hector Babenco


  2. William Kennedy


Top Billed Cast

  1. Jack Nicholson

    Jack Nicholson

    Francis Phelan

  2. Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep

    Helen Archer

  3. Carroll Baker

    Carroll Baker

    Annie Phelan

  4. Tom Waits

    Tom Waits


  5. Nathan Lane

    Nathan Lane

    Harold Allen

  6. Michael O'Keefe

    Michael O'Keefe


  7. Diane Venora

    Diane Venora


  8. Fred Gwynne

    Fred Gwynne

    Oscar Reo

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Original Language English

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