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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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4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A Fantastic Low-Budget Gem from the 1990's See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (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 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
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
 
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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Trivia:
Shooting took place from autumn 1993 to spring 1994.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The bags that Audry is holding when she embraces Barry.See more »
Quotes:
Barry McMullen:I like being a pessimist. It helps me deal with my inevitable failure.See more »
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A Week In JanuarySee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Fantastic Low-Budget Gem from the 1990's, 7 January 2009
Author: D_Burke from United States

I am a man who is of Irish decent, has an older brother who I am still close with but used to fight with (physically) constantly, and grew up in the Northeast, so I felt more of a familiarity towards this film than people in other demographics. For those reasons alone, this film holds a special place in my movie-loving heart than others I have seen before.

Having said that, you don't have to be Irish-American or even male to love this movie. Sure, it looks grainy even on DVD, but any movie fan can tell you that it's not how clear a movie is or how much it costs, but how good the characters are or the story is. For this movie, both criteria was met.

Edwards Burns wrote this film brilliantly, for starters. Burns wrote himself as the funnyman, and he did a great job with that role. He has some very memorable lines, most especially the part where he's talking to his younger brother Patrick (Mike McGlone) about women's ways while using a banana. Other writers would have stooped really low with such a prop, but Burns used it metaphorically in a way that was both funny and smart. He also had great chemistry with Maxine Bahns. Of course, Burns didn't leave all the funny lines to himself.

Mike McGlone is also very good as Patrick, the younger brother who uses his Catholic upbringing as an excuse not to marry his longtime girlfriend. His character is perhaps the most interesting because he's so complex and has many contradictory qualities: he loves but is afraid to commit, he's religious but abides by the rules when convenient, and he's smart but does really dumb things. Contrast that performance to his role in Burns' followup, "She's The One", and you'll see that McGlone is one of the most underrated actors working today.

Of course, with the movie centering around the three brothers, not mentioning Jack Mulcahy as older brother Jack would be blasphemous. Mulcahy played a very good straight man to Burns and McGlone. The movie makes you believe in the beginning that he has everything together, but he eventually loses it. However, he does so in an understated way that seems very realistic in a lot of ways. You'd have to see the movie to find out.

There's not too much else to say about the movie: it just worked! The dialogue was brilliantly written and perfectly executed by the entire cast, the situations were entirely believable, and the on-location shooting in New York was a brilliant move on Burns' part. It's as if New York was its own character. Being from New England, seeing the New York Yankees clothing some of the cast wore got under my skin a little, but I won't get too picky.

Although Edward Burns got his due for this movie (Winner of Best Picture at Sundance, Two Thumbs Up from Siskel & Ebert), he hasn't really gotten the respect he deserves since this film was made. He's directed eight movies as of the date this review has been written, and my guess is that in another ten years, he will earn the same respect as Woody Allen and Albert Brooks from film critics and fans alike. He had a great start as a young independent filmmaker, and I know he'll make more good films as a director as well.

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