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Muriel's Wedding (1994)

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Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date... See full summary »



Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Lee ...
Roz Hammond ...
Cheryl (as Rosalind Hammond)
Belinda Jarrett ...
Perry Heslop (as Daniel Wyllie)
Gennie Nevinson ...
Ken Blundell
David Van Arkle
Girl at Wedding


Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, and turns her world upside down. Written by Lynn Salmon

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sex-related dialogue and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La boda de Muriel  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)


$15,185,594 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The photographs in the Heslop family album are actual childhood photos of the actors who portray the family. See more »


David's last name is listed in the credits as Van Arkle (no "c"). The same error is made in the subtitles for the Australian DVD. See more »


Tania: Well we, you know... and he couldn't so I...
[makes hand to mouth gesture]
Tania: ... and I noticed there was lipstick on it.
Janine: On what?
Tania: His dick!
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »


The Tide Is High
(John Holt (as J. Holt))
Published by Sparta Florida Music Group Ltd
Performed by Blondie
Courtesy of EMI Music Australia
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a glorious celebration of freedom
24 June 2004 | by (sydney, australia) – See all my reviews

i still remember joining the neighbors to go to the movies to see a new Australian film that noone knew much about, except that it featured the music of abba...just as i still remember walking out of the cinema aglow with such immense joy.

this is a wonderful film, that begins with a shy, needy, shrinking-violet girl and ends with a strong, honest woman aware of her own power to change and control the world around her. this film is full of laughs, full of smiles and, towards the crescendo of the last few minutes even full of tears. one can't help but want to stand up and cheer, or dance, or both, as muriel escapes everything that her 'life' has pushed on her and rides into the sunset, with such happiness radiating from her face.

"you're terrible, muriel..." she is, and you can't help but love her for it. see this movie!

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