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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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Three Irish Catholic brothers from Long Island struggle to deal with love, marriage, and infidelity. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Beautifully made on a budget See more (36 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

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 Hoffman .... sound editor (as Sabine Hoffmann)
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
Dave Pultz .... color timer (as David Pultz)
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
Alexandre Naufel .... special thanks
Robert Redford .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and some sexuality
98 min
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Did You Know?

Edward Burns gave Robert Redford a tape of this film in a NYC elevator and begged him to watch it. Redford said that Burns looked like a panhandler. "I get that all the time, but I thought, what the hell, that's what it's all about." He watched it, liked it, and the film went on to win at Sundance.See more »
Continuity: Patrick's hair in the first front-stoop conversation.See more »
Patrick McMullen:Repression is not such a bad thing.See more »
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I Will Remember YouSee more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Beautifully made on a budget, 20 November 2007
Author: nicholas-rogers from Birmingham, UK

Fifteen thousand pounds to many is a great deal of money, but in Hollywood it'd barely make a runner's salary. So really it's an unbelievable effort to produce a movie for this amount of money and win a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995, as well as recognition for Ed Burns as an all-round director/actor/producer/writer extraordinaire. The end product being The Brothers McMullen; a project made literally in his own backyard, using his own friends and associates as his crew (such as his 'then' girlfriend who is his girlfriend in the film and his friend).

The protagonist is Burns' character Barry, the middle brother, who is the wittiest, has the sharpest lines, and many would think the film is partly autobiographical because of this. Barry is a writer, jumps from woman to woman, makes wise guy remarks, and then he meets Audrey, played by Maxine Bahns, and is forced to get over his fear of commitment. How does he deal with it? Jack, the older brother, is a middle-aged teacher, who's quieter and loves his wife, but has to deal with the feelings of infidelity. How does he deal with it? Then there's Patrick, the younger religious sibling, a do-gooder who's soon to get married into a Jewish family, but he gets cold feet. Then hot feet. Then cold feet. He then gets his fiancé pregnant. Then he meets someone else. He then has to deal has to deal with the guilt. Or does he learn not to? Three very different brothers, the three Irish New Yorkers feed each other their advice and wisdom of love. It's not an original plot, but it works. Conversations flow from JFK, women, families, love, alcohol, their violent father, to family bonding, with a whole lot of swearing in between and Irish fiddle music in the background. Burns is something of a Plastic Paddy. Nevertheless, there's a lot of great word play, the plot isn't pretentious or trying to be too clever. It's heart-warming, without being soppy.

Minus points: one can appreciate Burn is an all-rounder, but he should maybe step outside his own box and become a character in the movie – stop writing and starring as himself – it's a bit egotistical. The acting was a bit amateur, especially Maxine Bahns – though this can be forgiven for the fact they were at the time just that - amateurs. The editing was a bit disjointed in places. It doesn't flow as well as it could do. Then again, it only cost, as stated £15,000. It has to be expected.

I appreciated it a lot. A debut movie, that cost £15,000, cannot get much better. If you like Irish-American culture, take pleasure of budget movies and enjoy witty rom-coms – try this.

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