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The Brothers McMullen (1995)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  9 August 1995 (USA)
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Three Irish Catholic brothers from Long Island struggle to deal with love, marriage, and infidelity.

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Molly McMullen
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Barry / Finbar McMullen
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Marty
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Patrick McMullen (as Mike McGlone)
Elizabeth McKay ...
Ann
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Jack McMullen
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This angst-filled tale of three Irish-Catholic brothers explores men's relationships with women. Three different situations are set up on parallel plotlines, with each brother facing a different kind of crisis. Their common bond as family, as well as close lifelong friends, allows them to express their feelings frankly and intimately, as they talk and discuss their concerns among each other. Jack finds himself in a marriage gone stale and under pressure to start a family that he does not yet feel ready for. Barry, dedicated to his film career and almost pathologically averse to any type of commitment in a relationship, is suddenly artistically successful and finds true love, both for the first time and both pulling him in opposite directions. Patrick is torn between his love for his religion and ethnic heritage and his love for Susan, his longtime Jewish girlfriend. Ultimately, they are all asked to resist temptation of one sort or another, with various poignant outcomes. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Jack is trying to save his marriage, Patrick is in a hopeless relationship, but their biggest problem is Barry's brotherly advice. See more »

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Brødrene McMullen  »

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$25,000 (estimated)

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$10,246,600 (USA)
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The most profitable film on a percentage basis in 1995. It cost only $200,000 to make and grossed $13.4 million, 67 times it budget. See more »

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When the two younger brothers (Barry and Patrick) are asking Jack if they can stay with him, Jack has a three day growth of facial hair. In the very next scene he's totally clean shaven. See more »

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27 May 2000 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

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The Brothers McMullen

Directed by: Edward Burns, 1995

Catholic guilt meets Irish-American post-grunge cynicism in this 1995 Grand Jury Prize winner of the Sundance festival. Ostensibly made by a man – and for men (count the many beers) – director/writer/actor Edward Burns nevertheless impresses in every category.

At times a bit sappy, yet Burns is focused on behavior and conversations and wisely makes the most of these.


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