Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by William Kennedy, Ironweed stars Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. Though exceptional actors, neither are believable as 1930s drifters in this too-clean production, which feels too much like a made-for-television movie. The main problem here seems to be the direction, which—like the main characters—also drifts, to little effect. Not recommended.
*½ (out of *****)
©2018 David R. George III
1987 • 2 HOURS, 23 MINUTES
TRI-STAR PICTURES• TAFT ENTERTAINMENT PICTURES • KEITH BARISH PRODUCTIONS
• HECTOR BABENCO