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FULL SYNOPSIS

After chronicling various chapters of Irish history in such films as and , 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. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

  • Release date:November 26, 2003

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Jim Sheridan Best Original Screenplay 2003 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jim Sheridan Best Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Jim Sheridan Best Original Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jim Sheridan Best Original Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Jim Sheridan Best Director 2003 Nominee
National Board of Review Kirsten Sheridan Best Original Screenplay 2003 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Kirsten Sheridan Best Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Kirsten Sheridan Best Original Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kirsten Sheridan Best Original Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Maurice Seezer Best Song 2003 Nominee
National Board of Review Naomi Sheridan Best Original Screenplay 2003 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Naomi Sheridan Best Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Naomi Sheridan Best Original Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Naomi Sheridan Best Original Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Sarah Bolger Most Promising Performer 2003 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Sarah Bolger Best Supporting Actress 2003 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Djimon Hounsou Best Supporting Actor 2003 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Djimon Hounsou Best Supporting Actor 2003 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samantha Morton Best Actress 2003 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Samantha Morton Best Actress 2003 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bono Best Song 2003 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Declan Quinn Best Cinematography 2003 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Emma Bolger Most Promising Performer 2003 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Gavin Friday Best Song 2003 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Jim Sheridan
Director
Jim Sheridan
Producer
Arthur Lappin
Producer
Kirsten Sheridan
Screenwriter
Jim Sheridan
Screenwriter
Naomi Sheridan
Screenwriter
Declan Quinn
Cinematographer
Maurice Seezer
Composer (Music Score)
Gavin Friday
Composer (Music Score)
David Donohue
Musical Direction/Supervision
Naomi Geraghty
Editor
Mark Geraghty
Production Designer
Fiona Daly
Supervising Art Director
Vivienne Gray
Art Director
Wing Lee
Art Director
Susie Cullen
Art Director
Paul Myler
Co-producer
Nye Heron
Associate Producer
John Byrne
Set Designer
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh
Costume Designer
Aidan Byrne
Special Effects
Konrad Jay
First Assistant Director
Don Kelly
Coordinator
Jo Homewood
Production Manager
Ken Ishii
Sound Mixer
Avy Kaufman
Casting
Dan Birch
Sound Mixer
Frank Moiselle
Casting
Nuala Moiselle
Casting
Sally Osoba
Casting
Joyce Gallie
Casting
Meredith Zamsky
Line Producer
Triona Marshall
Musical Performer
Connor Devlin
Draftsman
Kerin Ferallo
Production Coordinator
Trish Adlesic
Production Supervisor
Niamh Nolan
Production Executive
Paula Boran
Foley Artist
Steve Kirshoff
Special Effects Supervisor
Alyson Latz
Second Second Assistant Director
Vivienne Gray
Aerial Photography
Fiona Daly
Additional Cinematography
Lori Hicks
Key Make-up
Jeanette McGrath
Script Supervisor
Jeanette McGrath
Additional Cinematography
Gerard Sava
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Pat Redmond
Special Effects Coordinator
Louise Gaffney
Script Supervisor
Dougal Cousins
Location Manager
Dougal Cousins
Additional Cinematography
Carol Moorhead
Production Coordinator
Steve Single
Re-Recording Mixer
Georg Schmithusen
Location Manager
Karen Richards
Second Assistant Director
Carrie Fix
Second Unit Assistant Director
Renaud Pion
Musical Performer
Renata Adamidov
Production Supervisor
Peter Gleaves
ADR Mixer
Miriam Roycroft
Musical Performer
Bruce Ryder
Storyboard Artist
Stephen McDonnell
Musical Performer
Dan Birch
Production Sound
Maria Walker
Post Production Supervisor
Sandra Saccio
Production Coordinator
Morna Ferguson
Key Make-up
Des Moore
Musical Performer
Therese Friel
Additional Cinematography
Therese Friel
Second Assistant Director
Nigel Mills
Supervising Sound Editor
Tim Cavagin
Re-Recording Mixer
Paddy McCarney
Location Manager
Joe Condren
Stunts Coordinator
Colette Dahanne
ADR Recordist
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