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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 »



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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
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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. 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She's not just getting married, she's getting even. See more »


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:

10 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La boda de Muriel  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)


£7,545,940 (UK) (14 July 1995)

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1.66 : 1
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Gina Riley was the original choice for Muriel. See more »


When Betty Heslop writes the first check to "cash" for Muriel to buy cosmetics, it is dated 12-1-1994. When Muriel hands her father a check for $5,000 near the end of the film, that check is dated 2-11-1992. See more »


Rhonda: Are you Muriel Heslop?
Muriel: No.
Rhonda: Yes, you are!
Muriel: Why?
Rhonda: I dunno why, you just are.
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Referenced in Mary and Max (2009) See more »


(Benny Andersson (as Andersson) / Björn Ulvaeus (as Ulvaeus) / Stig Anderson (as Anderson)
Published for the World by Union Songs AB
Performed by ABBA
Courtesy of PolyGram Pty Limited
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Great movie as the Aussies can only do!
18 December 2004 | by (CT) – See all my reviews

A dark comedy it is but it really touches the heart and it can be quite sad at times. There are many levels that you can watch this movie on and many do say there is a superficialness to it. However, there are core human elements that clearly ring through in this movie. Friendship, compassion, empathy. Toni Colette and Rachel Griffths both make this movie stellar. It is heartbreaking at times to watch Muriel (Collette) wanting to be someone of value. Her feelings are so true to her heart and I am sure many can relate. Griffith's character is portrayed with such humor and honesty. She also has some of the funniest lines I have heard in a movie in a long time.

Please watch this! It does offer meaning and you certainly can't go wrong with the music of ABBA!

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