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Ironweed is a 1987 American tragedy film directed by Héctor Babenco. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by William Kennedy, who also wrote the screenplay. It stars Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, with Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe, Diane Venora, Fred Gwynne, Nathan Lane and Tom Waits in supporting roles. The story concerns the relationship of a homeless couple: Francis, an alcoholic, and Helen, a terminally ill woman during the years following the Great Depression. Major portions of the film were shot on location in Albany, New York, including Jay Street at Lark Street, Albany Rural Cemetery and the Miss Albany Diner on North Broadway.

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    contentLocation New York City
    director Héctor Babenco
    editor Anne Goursaud
    events alcoholism
    genre drama
    musicBy John Morris
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Actress
    producer Keith Barish
    productionCompany Taft Broadcasting
    publisher TriStar Pictures