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Ash Wednesday (1973)




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A relationship between two brothers literally becomes a matter of life and death in this drama from writer, director and actor Edward Burns. Francis Sullivan (Burns) was a street-wise thug with ties to the Irish mob until his younger brother Sean (Elijah Wood) was killed on Ash Wednesday in 1980 while trying to protect Francis from gangsters who were out to kill him. Three years later, Francis is a law-abiding man who is trying to stay on the straight and narrow and keep his eye on Grace (Rosario Dawson), Sean's widow. However, rumors have begun to circulate that Sean's death was just a ruse fabricated by Francis and a sympathetic priest, Father Mahoney (James Handy), to get mobster Moran (Oliver Platt) off Sean's back. Some people have spotted someone who looks a lot like Sean wandering around the neighborhood, and Moran, who doesn't forget a grudge, begins scouring the neighborhood in search of Sean, while Francis has worries of his own about Sean, since his relationship with Grace has started to move beyond simple family friendship.

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Elizabeth Taylor
as Barbara Sawyer
Henry Fonda
as Mark Sawyer
Maurice Teynac
as Dr. Lambert
Maggie Blye
as Kate Sawyer
Andre Eszterhazy
as Comte D'Arnoud
Monique van Vooren
as German Woman
Henning Schlüter
as Bridge Player
Dino Mele
as Mario
Ilina Wassilchikoff
as Silvana Del Campo
Dina Sassoli
as Nurse Ilsa
Rodolfo Lodi
as Prince Von Essen
Andrea Esterhazy
as Comte D'Arnoud
Jill Pratt
as Simone
Raymond Vignale
as Gregory De Rive
Jose De Vega
as Tony Gutierrez
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Critic Reviews for Ash Wednesday

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Taylor, fashionably gowned and bejewelled carries the film almost single-handedly. Fonda is excellent in his climatic appearance, an usually superb casting idea.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

In what is little more than a homage to Taylor's face, the film spends a good deal of time looking at her reflection in the mirror and endorsing her Martini ad lifestyle up to the hilt.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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This is not a male chauvinist's conception of a woman, but her hairdresser's, full of envy, awe and superficial compassion.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

The whole movie, indeed, feels longer than it is. It's 15 minutes short of two hours, and still it takes forever to be over.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Ash Wednesday is so bad that even Liz Taylor's performance becomes almost inconspicuous in it. Fonda and Keith Baxter do act a bit, but only just, and Helmut Berger doesn't even try, which seems to come naturally to him.

July 22, 2020 | Full Review…

The problem is that the screenplay is unusually soft.

December 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ash Wednesday

WRONG MOVIE POSTER! This is an Edward Burns movie. Pretty good too.

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