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The McCourts of New York
The McCourts of New York
Actors: Alphie McCourt, Frank McCourt, Malachy McCourt, Mike McCourt, The McCourts of New York
Director: Conor McCourt
Genres: Documentary
NR     1999     1hr 10min

An engaging follow-up to The McCourts of Limerick, this documentary proves there's more to the colorful Irish McCourt family than the earlier events immortalized in Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Angela'...  more »


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Actors: Alphie McCourt, Frank McCourt, Malachy McCourt, Mike McCourt, The McCourts of New York
Director: Conor McCourt
Creators: Conor McCourt, Laure Sullivan, Laurie Shapiro
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Biography
Studio: Fox Lorber
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/12/1999
Original Release Date: 03/16/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 03/16/1999
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 10min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Wonderful and poignant!
Richard Carlander | LA, CA United States | 02/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The McCourts of New York is a great companion piece to Frank McCourt's memiors, Angela's Ashes and 'Tis, and to Conor McCourt's earlier film, The McCourts of Limerick. Its glimpses of the lives of the four McCourt brothers are funny and touching. The film gives not only a look at the rollicking past of the brothers McCourt but a personal look at what their family tragedies mean to them now. If you loved reading Angela's Ashes as much as I did, you'll want to see this wonderfully human documentary."
An Irish-American delight
Richard Carlander | 03/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Anything from Frank McCourt is bound to be a delight, of course, but this film of his and Malachy, Michael, and Alphie's journey from poverty-stricken, poorly educated and poorly-equipped young immigrants to men who found some success and happiness in the world of the United States is a remarkable story. Conor McCourt, son of Malachy, treats the subject matter with tenderness and respect, while the broad and sometimes ironic humor of his father and uncles, especially Uncle Frank, laces the stories with a lightness. Somehow, where the McCourts go, humor always follows. In spite of the challenge of New York, the frustration of being poor, Frank's desire for education (he talks his way into college, even though he has never gone to high school) and Malachy and Michael's battles with the bottle, this is a down-to-earth rags-to-riches story that is at times hilarious, often poetically poignant, and occasionally, heroic. At the end of the film, they finally find the burial place of their long-dead sister, and give respect to her and their late mother in a scene that had tears running down my cheeks. And there is Frank, weeping, and yet injecting humor ("I'm not going to be buried, I'm going to be stuffed and mounted," and one of the brothers says, "Shaking hands." All laugh.) Conor McCourt has given us a look into the lives of his uncles in particular and of immigrants in general, and it is a look that left this viewer feeling richer for having seen it."
A must have for the fans
G.H. Sinkeler | Amsterdam, NH Netherlands | 12/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I just saw the dvd today and I enjoyed it very much. It's a great addition on Frank and Malachy's books. Do not expect it to be some sort of movie, because it simply is not. The four brothers tell you all about their 'adventures' in New York, about Frank being a teacher, Malachy working in several bars, being an actor, his career as a gold smuggler etc.
I really enjoyed the part where Frank and Malachy did a part about their past on stage. They showed some tape. I wish they could bring that out on dvd. I bet that it will be great for a good laugh. Malachy is real funny.
I also enjoyed Mike's story. Though he was pretty serious (of course), I think you can have a great laugh with him too. And Alphie, he did tell his story, but I wish he told more.
Maybe it's because he is not mentioned very much in the books. Well maybe he will tell his own story in a book someday?Last, hopefully they will put the McCourts in Limerick on DVD, so that I can watch it too."
Good follow-up to the McCourts of Limerick
Richard Carlander | 10/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was an good film. I saw it after the McCourts of Limerick and it answers a lot of my questions. We get to follow the brothers as they each come to America. I liked the part of Frank's first days in NYC, Malachy's bars, smuggling gold and acting, the reading of Angela's diary, Alphie and his learning impaired daughter, and the brothers visit to the grave of the long dead sister. It is a heartfelt and touching effort by Conor, Frank's nephew and Malachy's son."