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The Brothers McMullen (1995)

R  |   |  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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Catharine Bolz ...
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Molly McMullen
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Barry / Finbar McMullen
Peter Johansen ...
Marty
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Leslie
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Patrick McMullen (as Mike McGlone)
Elizabeth McKay ...
Ann
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Jack McMullen
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Storyline

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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Sometimes the Best Friends Are the Ones You've Known Your Whole Life. See more »

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

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9 August 1995 (USA)  »

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Brødrene McMullen  »

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Budget:

$25,000 (estimated)

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$10,246,600 (USA)
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Maxine Bahns was Edward Burns's girlfriend at the time the film was being made. As a favor to her boyfriend, Bahns agreed to help him with the auditions by reading opposite the various actors trying out for roles. Eventually Burns asked her to take the part, although it meant that Bahns had to forego a trip to Paris to study at the Sorbonne. See more »

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Barry McMullen: I like being a pessimist. It helps me deal with my inevitable failure.
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The banana-scene is unforgettable
21 September 1999 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I think Edward Burns is a brilliant man - a genius. He has the ability to make great, touching movies about REAL characters, and the humor is never far away. This is a very funny movie, with some unforgettable scenes (e g: see the "Summary"). The actors do their jobs with a presence rarely seen on film. They never once overact, and everything they say or do seems natural.

There is one major flaw in the movie though, but I'm not going to give it away. I can say this though: It has something to do with the time.

I saw this one after I saw "She's the One" and there are some similarities. However, this doesn't effect either movie in a negative way. In fact; I love both of them equally. I just wish I could get hold of "No Looking Back". It hasn't been released here in Sweden yet (not even on video).

Well... anyway, if you for some reason haven't seen "The Brothers McMullen"

  • or "She's the One" for that matter - I suggest you run the the nearest


video store right now and rent it (preferably both), or better yet: buy them!


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