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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Complete credited cast:
Catharine Bolz ...
Mrs. McMullen
Molly McMullen
Barry / Finbar McMullen
Peter Johansen ...
Patrick McMullen (as Mike McGlone)
Elizabeth McKay ...
Jack McMullen


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 <>

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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 »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 August 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brødrene McMullen  »

Box Office


$25,000 (estimated)


$10,246,600 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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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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Long Island's Woody Allen
28 February 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

THE BROTHERS McMULLEN (1995) ***1/2 Edward Burns, Mike McGlone, Jack Mulcahy, Maxine Bahns, Elizabeth P. McKay, Shari Albert, Connie Britton, Jennifer Jostyn. Sort of an Irish-American Woody Allen flick but with style and originality: Burns (who stars, wrote and directed) filmed this on a budget at $20,000 and won The Sundance Film Fest's Jury Prize after being passed on every level. Three close and quarrelsome Irish/Catholic brothers from Long Island confront sex, sin, guilt, infidelity, commitment and finally love in this delightfully funny and smart slice of life.

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