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The Sum of Us (1994)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 8 March 1995 (USA)
A widowed father has to deal with two complex issues: while he is searching for "Miss Right," his son, who is in his 20s and gay, is searching for "Mr. Right."

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Harry Mitchell
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Greg
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Joyce Johnson
Joss Moroney ...
Young Jeff
Mitch Mathews ...
Gran
Julie Herbert ...
Mary
Des James ...
Football Coach
Mick Campbell ...
Footballer
Donny Muntz ...
Ferry Captain
Jan Adele ...
Barmaid
Rebekah Elmaloglou ...
Jenny Johnson
Lola Nixon ...
Desiree
Sally Cahill ...
Greg's Mother
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Greg's Father
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Storyline

Set in Sydney, Australia. A (heterosexual) father and his gay son are trying to find Ms/Mr Right respectively. The film shows their relationships with one another and the objects of their affection as tradgedy strikes. There is no overt 'message' in the film, just a very natural, entertaining story-telling. Written by Fred Curtis <fred@cs.su.oz.au>

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There's a man in Jeff's life who'll fight for him and stand by him forever. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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8 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Summe der Gefühle  »

Box Office

Budget:

AUD 3,465,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$766,464 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Harry Mitchell: Your grandmother said that to me once. 'The greatest explorers', she said, 'are the explorers of the human heart'.
Jeff Mitchell: Is that why she became a dyke?
Harry Mitchell: Your grandmother was not a dyke!
Jeff Mitchell: She was licking Aunt Mary's pussy for forty years, what else do you call it?
Harry Mitchell: She was not a dyke! A lesbian, perhaps... You shouldn't call her names! How would you like it if I went around and called you 'pansy', 'fairy', 'poofter'?
Jeff Mitchell: You do half the time!
Harry Mitchell: Only when I'm annoyed with you!
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Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) See more »

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Sister Madly
Written by Neil Finn
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Courtesy of EMI Music Australia
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Family in the true sense...
26 January 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A very special Aussie film dealing with the strains of gay males and society issues in their path. Top performances by Russell Crowe and John Polson , with monumental support from legendary icon actor Jack Thompson as the understanding and supportive father. A must see film in my book , as reality meets society , with a realistic feel for todays cinema.

Unlike many other of Crowes films , this one is very serious and addresses very real issues in todays multicultural society , and especially the gay movement of Sydney , Australia. This film hits the viewer head on with the unknown side of single sex relationships , and their effects on both family and friends.


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