In America

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama
Release Date: November 26, 2003
DVD: May 11, 2004

Current rating: Rating: 4.50
based on 335 votes and 21 reviews
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Cast: Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine, Djimon Hounsou, Sarah Bolger, Emma Bolger


To begin all over again is a classic American dream. But it's remarkably hard to do, as Irish émigrés Johnny and Sarah discover when they hit the streets of modern-day Manhattan, their two spunky young daughters in tow, and emerge into a realm as comical and adventure-filled as it is strange and terrifying. The family faces a dizzying new future -- but first they must face down a past that haunts every single one of them.

With no cash to spare, Johnny and Sarah settle in a chaotic New York tenement and attempt to turn the dilapidated setting into a true home. From dragging an iffy-looking air conditioner across Manhattan to finding make-do jobs, nothing comes without a fight for the couple. And yet, while they see American as rife with challenges, dangers and weirdness, their daughters see it as a magical place where anything can happen, a place that might release them all from the anguish of what has come before. Then, on Halloween, Christy and Ariel dare to knock on the door of "the screaming man," a reclusive neighbor named Mateo and everything changes. As the family heads for a crisis, Mateo becomes their unlikely ally in the territory where hope, faith and even magic hold sway.

Director: Jim Sheridan
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): Arthur Lappin, Jim Sheridan
Screenplay: Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan
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  • 5 stars "WOW!!!. What an amazing film. I was never so moved as I was when I saw this movie. A must see!!!!. Excellent."
  • 5 stars "Brilliant movie - amazing performances and smart script."
  • 5 stars "Can't believe it took me this long to see this wonderful movie. I was so engrossed I ignored phone calls and conversations. Fabulous!"