The MatchMaker (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  3 October 1997 (USA)
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Marcy is an assistant to Senator John McGlory, who is having problems with a re-election campaign. Desperate for Irish votes, McGlory's chief of staff Nick sends Marcy to Ireland to trace ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcy Tizard
Sean Kelly
Senator John McGlory
Rosaleen Linehan ...
Millie O'Dowd
Declan Kelly
Sarah Kelly
Moira Kennedy Kelly
Olivia Caffrey ...
Joan Sheehy ...
Bus Passenger
Anne Gildea ...
Airport Assistant
Claude Clancy ...
Michael the Bus Driver
James Ryland ...
Sergeant Riley
David King ...
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Marcy is an assistant to Senator John McGlory, who is having problems with a re-election campaign. Desperate for Irish votes, McGlory's chief of staff Nick sends Marcy to Ireland to trace McGlory's relatives or ancestors. Marcy arrives at the village of Ballinagra when it is preparing for an annual Matchmaking Festival. A well-dressed, handsome and single young lady, she becomes the center of attention for two professional matchmakers, Dermot and Millie, as well as for bartender Sean. Written by Anonymous

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The most successful matchmaker in Ireland is about to hit a brick wall. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amori e imbrogli  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,378,930 (USA) (3 October 1997)


DEM 232,932 (Germany) (24 April 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ballinagra, the name of the town in the movie is a reworking on the Irish 'Baile Na Gra' which means 'Town of Love'. See more »


Millie O'Dowd tells Marcy that the Japanese girl will be married tomorrow, yet two nights pass before Sean and Marcy drive by her outdoor wedding ceremony in Sean's boat. See more »


O'Hara of Aran Isle: Tell me, is that fella Dermot O'Brien still conning tourists into marrying complete strangers?
Marcy Tizard: I take it you've never had need of his services?
O'Hara of Aran Isle: Feck off! Me and Eileen, childhood sweethearts. Ah God, I miss her sometimes. That's her there.
[indicates a picture hanging on the wall]
Marcy Tizard: Oh, pretty. I'm sorry, when did she pass away?
O'Hara of Aran Isle: Huh? Oh Jesus, she's not dead! She's away on her holidays!
Marcy Tizard: Oh God, I'm sorry! I misunderstood...
O'Hara of Aran Isle: [laughs hysterically] God, that's priceless! Oh geez, I must remember that!...
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Crazy Credits

Neat end credits pan diagonally from the lower right to upper left through pictures of the movie. See more »


She's the One
Written by Karl Wallinger
Performed by World Party
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One of the funniest movies I've ever seen
22 January 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This movie quickly became a family favourite, so much so that my sons and daughters each have a copy of their own. The movie is watched four or five times a year and none of us ever tire of it.Having watched it so often my children (now adults) know most of the dialogue and from time to time one or the other will launch into a reenactment of one of the scenes, accents and all. While, Garofalo and O'Hara are excellent, it is the remainder of the cast who provide most of the humour - some of the cast are well known here in Ireland, while others are less so. Regardless, their one line deliveries and interactions with one another will crack you up. You just have to see the 'cottage scene with the senator' it is priceless! I still end up laughing uncontrollably every time I see it. They say laughter is good for the 'soul' - watch the Matchmaker and you'll never have to worry about the state of its health!

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