In America

In America

Director: Jim Sheridan Cast: Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine, Sarah Bolger


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After chronicling various chapters of Irish history in such films as In the Name of the Father and The Field, writer/director Jim Sheridan turns his lens upon his own family's experiences immigrating to the United States in the aptly titled In America. The loosely autobiographical script centers on Johnny (Paddy Considine), a young actor sneaking his wife, Sarah (Samantha Morton), and daughters, Christy and Ariel (real-life sisters Sarah and Emma Bolger, respectively), over the Canadian border in the hopes of jump-starting his career in New York City. They soon find that America is not the land of boundless opportunity, however, as they move into a dank, dilapidated apartment building populated by drug dealers, transients, and thugs. Johnny doesn't snag auditions as easily as he may have hoped, and he and Sarah are forced to take meager jobs after spending their savings on food, rent, and utilities. Still in grief over the untimely death of their toddler son back in Ireland, the couple find their relationship further strained by the pressures of life in the city. Little by little, however, things begin to look up for the fiercely protective family unit, especially when they befriend an eccentric artist neighbor named Mateo (Djimon Hounsou). In America saw its world premiere at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival and played to enthusiastic crowds at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival before its theatrical release in the fall of that year.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/31/2004
UPC: 0024543129462
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG-13
Source: 20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Samantha Morton Sarah Sullivan
Paddy Considine Johnny Sullivan
Sarah Bolger Christy Sullivan
Emma Bolger Ariel Sullivan
Djimon Hounsou Mateo
Nye Heron Blind Man
Juan Hernandez Papo
Rene Millan Steve
Michael Sean Tighe Frank
Des Bishop Stockbroker In Taxi
Guy Carleton Man At Fair
Randall Carlton Immigration Officer
Ciaran Cronin Frankie Sullivan
Nick Dunning Gynaecologist
Bob Gallico Theatre Director
Molly Glynn Sarah Mateo
Elaine Grollman Nun On School Steps
Sarah James Papo's Girlfriend
Neal Jones Immigration Officer
Jason Killalee assistant theatre director
Kathleen King Prize-Giving Nun
Gabriela Quintero Lopez Mexican Woman Guitarist
Adrian Martinez Shopkeeper
Merrina Millsapp Marina
Tom Murphy Actor In Queue
Chary O'Dea Mexican Woman With Child
Jer O'Leary Thomas Bakewell
Bernadette Quigley Hospital Administrator
Regina Roe Administrator,Nurse
Jason Salkey Tony
Rodrigo Pineda Sanchez Mexican Man Guitarist
Eilish Scanlon Nun Playing Piano
Jennifer Seifert Angela
David Wike Barker
Frank Wood Paediatrician

Technical Credits
Jim Sheridan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
William Shackleton Arnot Camera Operator
Dan Birch Sound Mixer
Aidan Byrne Special Effects
Dermot Byrne Special Effects
John Byrne Set Decoration/Design
Moiselle Casting Casting
Susie Cullen Art Director
David Donohue Musical Direction/Supervision
Martin Fitzpatrick Special Effects
Gavin Friday Score Composer
Team FX Special Effects
Joyce Gallie Casting
Naomi Geraghty Editor
Mark Geraghty Production Designer
Vivienne Gray Art Director
Nye Heron Associate Producer
Jo Homewood Production Manager
Grant Wilfley Casting Incorporated Casting
Ken Ishii Sound Mixer
Konrad Jay Asst. Director
Avy Kaufman Casting
Kevin Kearns Special Effects
Steve Kirshoff Special Effects Supervisor
Arthur Lappin Producer
Wing Lee Art Director
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh Costumes/Costume Designer
Nuala Moiselle Casting
Frank Moiselle Casting
Paul Myler Co-producer
Sally Osoba Casting
Declan Quinn Cinematographer
Maurice Seezer Score Composer
Naomi Sheridan Screenwriter
Kirsten Sheridan Screenwriter

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In America 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was loaned the DVD by a friend and have now bought it. I was suprised it received so little fanfare. The acting by the 'sister' is so far above the standard it's unbelievable. They [the actors] really get you to care what will happen. The Story line was warm, funny, [crying jag]sad and uplifting. I would recommend this DVD be part of the family library. Be sure not to miss the end credits.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie snuck up on me. The main themes are introduced early, in the border crossing scene, but I didn't see where they were going until I had been totally sucked in. All the actors were wonderful. I cared about the characters, and the movie was brilliantly constructed. I've ordered it for May 11th and I'd recommend you do the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We happened on this film during a cruise thru the Panama Canal. We viewed it several times and always came away with something new. The 'fearless' sisters, the bereaved struggling parents, a tense environment and the dynamic of their neighbor(s) was very touching; yet full of life, joy, love and coming to terms in a new home - a new land.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good movie. It's a shame it wasn't available to watch at any theater where I live. I had to rent it instead. It's definitely worth buying and I'd recommend it anyday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most uplifting movie i've seen. About family, love , and caring for others. it shows how people can stick together through bonds of love. loved this movie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Jim Sheridan as a true auteur. His 'My Left Foot,' 'In the Name of the Father,' and 'The Boxer,' were rightfully given accolades (and Oscars). This time he's written and directed a truly personal 'little' film about the hardships of emigrating to America. Samantha Morton and Djimon Hounsou were nominated for Oscars, but I think the true 'workhorse' here is Paddy Constantine--the father character. That isn't to say that everyone isn't just absolutely fantastic. The story/script is so honest, so true; there is nothing that doesn't resonate. This film starts out along the 'immigrant to America' road, and quickly evolves into an universal statement about being human and living life as it is, playing the cards dealt. It's an amazingly seamless transformation. No, it's NOT Angela's Ashes, it's NOT depressing, it's NOT the same ol' Immigrant Coming to America, Finds Life Oh-So Hard film. It is honest and true. The only flaw: this story is set to take place in the early 80s, yet a fairly-modern camcorder is seen throughout, and new dollar bills (which were not introduced until the late 90s). It's strange how the production manager overlooked that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a warm, thoughtful and uplifting story about a struggling family determined to make it in a new world (NYC) despite all the their hardships and pain they left behind in their homeland of Ireland. The family depicted in this film is truly heartfelt and the whimsical flare that both parents and children posess makes one remember and believe in childhood fantasy. A definite feel good movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a really great movie. At first I didn't think that it would be that good but it was a very good movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend told me that I should watch 'In America'......and they were right! This movie is fantastic. The cast is flawless. Every performance is superb! The characters struggle through their hardships with a quiet dignity and grace that touches the heart. I hope this movie finds a huge audience now that it is on DVD.