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18 Dec 1987

2 hr 23 min


Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery and visits the grave of his infant son whom he dropped; visions of his past haunt him, including ghosts of two men he killed. That night, out drinking, Helen tries to sing at a bar. Next day, Fran visits his wife and children and meets a grandson. He could stay, but decides it's not for him. Helen gets their things out of storage and finds a hotel. Amidst their mistakes and dereliction, the film explores their code of fairness and loyalty.


Status: Released
Country: USA
Language: English
Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.




Jack Nicholson (as Francis Phelan)
Meryl Streep (as Helen Archer)
Carroll Baker (as Annie Phelan)
Tom Waits (as Rudy)
Nathan Lane (as Harold Allen)



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