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Only the Lonely (1991)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  24 May 1991 (USA)
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A Chicago cop must balance loyalty to his overbearing mother and a relationship with a shy funeral home worker.

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Patrick Muldoon
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Doyle
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Nick Acropolis
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Salvatore Buonarte
Joe Greco ...
Johnny Luna
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Father Strapovic
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Billy Muldoon
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Patrick Muldoon Jr.
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O'Neal
Teri McEvoy ...
Susan Muldoon
Bernie Landis ...
Larry
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Storyline

Danny, a cop, meets and falls in love with Theresa. They get engaged, despite sneaking around behind his mother's back, but when push comes to shove, he can't quite quit worrying about his mother long enough to be any kind of lover to Theresa. Written by Gregg Long <diggerblue@hotmail.com>

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The Man, The Woman, The Mother.

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24 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Yo, tú y mi mamá  »

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$21,830,957 (USA)
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The producers of the film did not include a trailer on location for Maureen O'Hara in their budget. John Candy was furious that the producers were showing someone of her stature such disrespect he gave her his own trailer. The producers finally caved in because they couldn't have Candy, the star of the film, without his own trailer. See more »

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Danny: [to save time, Danny and Sal decide to transport a corpse out a sixth floor window via a fire hose but the hose turns out to be too short] I guess we have to bring him back up.
Salvatore Buonarte: I'm not bringing him back up here, he's too damn heavy!
Danny: Well, what do you suggest we do?
Salvatore Buonarte: Cut the hose.
Danny: [shocked] Cut the hose?
Salvatore Buonarte: Yeah, let him fall.
Danny: To the ground?
Salvatore Buonarte: Yeah!
Danny: A fall like that could kill a guy!
Salvatore Buonarte: He's dead for Chrissake! He's not gonna mind!
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Referenced in Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Rock 'n' Roles (1991) See more »

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SOMEONE LIKE YOU
Written and Performed by Van Morrison
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, a division of PolyGram
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Candy Shows His Human Side
29 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Roles like this helped make big John Candy somewhat of a beloved figure in his time. He was good at playing big, lovable oafs that usually messed up but had a good heart.

Many times, as in here, he might appear jovial on the outside but inside he was a very lonely guy, hence the title. I'll bet a number of viewers could identify with him. In this film he plays "Danny Muldoon."

Ally Sheedy's character, "Theresa Luna," is sweet in the beginning but then becomes unfairly-demanding and annoying by the end. Maureen O'Hara did a fine job playing "Danny's" domineering mother, "Rose." She came out of retirement to do this film and did herself proud. Anthony Quinn's role was stupid.

This movie is billed as a comedy but I didn't find a lot of laughs in it. It's really more of a sentimental drama, and it works on that level. I always enjoy seeing comedians do drama, because they are so good at doing it. I'm sorry Candy didn't make a few more dramatic roles.


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