Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Edward Burns (2002)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Edward Burns (Saving Private Ryan) produces, directs and stars in this routine New York-set tale about Irish-American family ties. At the time, however, it was the presence of Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood that generated the most interest, and may have accounted for the film's UK release almost 18 months after its American debut. Wood plays Sean Sullivan, a young man whose death has to be faked after he thwarts the attempted murder of his hoodlum brother Francis (Burns) by a rival gang. Three years later - on Ash Wednesday, a day of repentance - Francis has reformed and Sean daftly "resurrects" himself in order to woo back his wife (Rosario Dawson). And so all hell breaks loose in Hell's Kitchen. Overwrought and underwritten, this wasn't really suited to the big screen, but is worth a look on television.


A reformed New York mobster tangles with his former cronies when his supposedly dead brother reappears on the scene and old rivalries are reignited, giving the siblings no choice but to flee the city and leave their past behind them. Thriller, directed by and starring Edward Burns. With Elijah Wood and Rosario Dawson.

Cast & Crew

Francis Sullivan Edward Burns
Sean Sullivan Elijah Wood
Grace Quinonez Rosario Dawson
Moran Oliver Platt
Murph Pat McNamara
Father Mahoney James Handy
Detective Pulaski Michael Mulheren
Whitey Malachy McCourt
Maggie Shea Julie Hale
Director Edward Burns
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Redbus Film Distribution LtdGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 19 Mar 2004