The movie Ironweed was based on the book Ironweed.
Movie details for Ironweed
The movie was released in 1987 and directed by Hector Babenco, who also directed Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) and At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991). More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.
Actors on this movie include Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe, Diane Venora, Fred Gwynne, Margaret Whitton, Tom Waits, Jake Dengel, Nathan Lane, James Gammon, Will Zahrn, Laura Esterman, Joe Grifasi, Hy Anzell, Bethel Leslie, Richard Hamilton, Black-Eyed Susan, Louise Phillips (II) and Marjorie Slocum.
Book details for Ironweed
William Kennedy also wrote Toy Soldiers (1988).
Now, in 1938, Francis is back in town, roaming the old familiar streets with his hobo pal, Helen, trying to make peace with the ghosts of the past and the present.
"A powerfully affecting work, abounding in humor and heartbreak." (Chicago Tribune Bookworld)
IRONWEED is last in the Albany Trilogy, preceeded by LEGS and BILLY PHELAN'S GREATEST GAME.