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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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Susan
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Audrey
Catharine Bolz ...
Mrs. McMullen
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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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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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$25,000 (estimated)

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$10,246,600 (USA)
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Edward Burns' genius shines through.

I don't have much to say of this amazing film, except that it is an example how years from now, when Edward Burns receives life time achievement awards for all of his many talents, the people who were smart enough to see this film will be able to tell their children of how they could see this day coming from decades away. His ability to take three men and tell their story brilliantly without ever straying from something realistic, and still getting his happy ending, is surreal. He is an amazement and inspiration for all young film makers.


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