Fear and guilt are the most powerful emotions in the world, drawing the actions and choices of the characters of William Kennedy's novel, Ironweed. The book was winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award in 1984 and William Kennedy won the 2009 O’Neill Award for Lifetime Achievement. Apart from worldwide recognition, the author turned his book into an excellent script for the movie with the same name, directed by Hector Babenco and starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. Therefore, it is much easier for the imaginative reader to add a face and a great performance to the unforgettable characters, Francis Phelan and Helen Archer. They are on the bum, drinking themselves into oblivion, running away from the sins of the past and the despair of the future. Depression years in Albany, New York, are tough times for everybody, especially for the homeless, whose dreams failed to come true and to whom redemption is forbidden.