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The Brothers McMullen -- Three Irish Catholic brothers from Long Island struggle to deal with love, marriage, and infidelity.

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9 August 1995 (USA) See more »
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Sometimes the Best Friends Are the Ones You've Known Your Whole Life. See more »
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Three Irish Catholic brothers from Long Island struggle to deal with love, marriage, and infidelity. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Shari Albert ... Susan

Maxine Bahns ... Audrey
Catharine Bolz ... Mrs. McMullen

Connie Britton ... Molly McMullen

Edward Burns ... Barry / Finbar McMullen
Peter Johansen ... Marty

Jennifer Jostyn ... Leslie

Michael McGlone ... Patrick McMullen (as Mike McGlone)
Elizabeth McKay ... Ann

Jack Mulcahy ... Jack McMullen
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Directed by
Edward Burns 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edward Burns 

Produced by
Bill Baldwin .... associate producer
Anthony Bregman .... associate producer
Edward Burns .... producer
Edward J. Burns .... executive producer
Dick Fisher .... producer
Ted Hope .... executive producer
Joe Pichirallo .... production executive
Judy Richter .... associate producer
James Schamus .... executive producer
Mary Jane Skalski .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Seamus Egan 
 
Cinematography by
Dick Fisher 
 
Film Editing by
Dick Fisher 
 
Production Management
Bill Baldwin .... post-production supervisor
Anthony Bregman .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eden Goldberg .... assistant director
Gallia Hoshia .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John Anthony .... sound mixer
Steve Borne .... supervising sound editor
Christian Castellano .... adr recordist
Jonathan Cronin .... assistant sound editor
Sabine Hoffmann .... sound editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr recordist
George A. Lara .... foley recordist (as George Lara)
Rich Leeds .... boom operator
Mike Marson .... production sound mixer
Branka Mrkic .... additional sound editor
Frank Navas .... boom operator
Scott Pittinsky .... sound editor
Mario Porporino .... production sound mixer
Rocky Reid .... sound editor
Steve Silkensen .... additional adr recordist: Spin Cycle Post
Stefan Springman .... production sound mixer
Reilly Steele .... post-production sound mixer: Sound One
Dominick Tavella .... additional sound mixer: Sound One
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Andrew Yarme .... production sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sal Coniglio .... assistant camera
Kenny Gronningsater .... Steadicam operator
Leigh Rathner .... assistant camera
Andrew Yarme .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Kent McGrew .... color timer
Dan O'Grady .... negative matcher: JG Films
David Pultz .... color timer
 
Music Department
Michael Aharon .... composer: additional music
Michael Aharon .... music producer
John Anthony .... music mixer
Thomas S. Drescher .... music editor
Thomas S. Drescher .... music supervisor (as Thomas Drescher)
Kristen M. Johnson .... assistant music editor
Mick Moloney .... musician
 
Other crew
Glen Basner .... production assistant
Chris Cereda .... production assistant
Danielle Dos Santos .... script supervisor
Peter Himmelstein .... title designer
Chris McGovern .... production assistant
Molly McKenna Burns .... caterer: Fine Irish Cooking
Paul J. Memmi .... translator
Nadje .... production assistant
Mick Reed .... production assistant
John Sloss .... legal services: Sloss Law Office
 
Thanks
Alexandre Naufel .... special thanks
Robert Redford .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for language and some sexuality
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98 min
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Shooting took place from autumn 1993 to spring 1994.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Patrick's hair in the first front-stoop conversation.See more »
Quotes:
Jack McMullen:Jesus! How about a mercy flush...?
Patrick McMullen:Hey, I'm going to the bathroom here. Whatdja expect it to smell like...?
Jack McMullen:Yeah? Well, you ought to be going to a doctor. Either that or I'll get Molly to change butchers.
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Weep Not For The MemoriesSee more »

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Feels like a pilot for a sit-com, 31 January 1999
Author: Kathy-70 from Pittsburgh, PA

I never saw "The Brothers McMullen" in the theater, but I just watched it on video. I have to say that I liked it in spite of its flaws. It just had this superficial, breezy feel to it, like it's really not a movie but a pilot for a sit-com. All it's missing is the laugh-track.

The stories about the three brothers were well done, especially Barry's story (the middle brother). But I kept thinking the most interesting character in this story is the dead father, and he's not even in the movie. The brothers mention their father several times, usually in some disparaging way. You don't find out many facts about him, except that their mother never loved him. Apparently the sons didn't love him either.

The three brothers are desperate, each in their own way, to not end up like their father. The dead Mr. McMullen was characterized as an alcoholic, wife-abusing, stern and unhappy man. And yet Mr. McMullen had no trouble committing to one woman, which apparently Barry can't manage to do. Mr. McMullen remained faithful (apparently) in a 35 year marriage and raised 3 sons, which oldest son Jack can't bring himself to do. Mr. McMullen remained true to his religious and cultural upbringing, which youngest son Patrick is about to turn his back on when he splits for California.

So maybe that father wasn't such a failure after all. The sons won't realize this until they become husbands and fathers themselves. But they haven't reached that point yet, they're still growing up and figuring things out. It's nice to see how they help each other and take turns giving "parental" advice to each other.

I'd like to see this same story with these same characters, told 20 years before, and 20 years after the time of this movie. I'd like to meet the mother in Ireland as she greets her American grandchildren. Now that would be an interesting sequel.

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