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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 ...
Local Lad No. 1


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A romantic comedy for the unromantic (Video Australia) 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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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 »


In a scene where the senator (still in the US) is in a limousine, there are Ivory Coast flags flying from the car (orange, white and green, rather than the green, white and orange of the expected Irish flags). As this is exactly the kind of mistake a clueless wannabe-Irish politician might make, it might have been deliberate on the part of the film-makers. 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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Neat end credits pan diagonally from the lower right to upper left through pictures of the movie. See more »


References Mary Tyler Moore (1970) See more »


Raglan Road
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OK I just had to say something GOOD about this movie
26 March 2005 | by (Redding Ca) – See all my reviews

I love this movie, I am Irish, and take no offense at either the characters or the language (bollocks!!). All of which came across as very real. Good old fashioned Irish rogues, out to have a bit of "craic"(meaning fun, pronounced "crack"). This is one of my favorite Irish movies. Janeane Garofalo is beautiful and talented, Denis Leary is hilarious in his sleaziest, Milo O'Shea and Rosaline Linehan are hilarious also as the two rival matchmakers, although Rosaline wasn't given near enough to do. Lots of colorful Irish characters, Eamon Kelly, David Kelly too. If you like a bit of old fashioned "stage" Irishness, then you'll enjoy this movie, lots of laughs and little off color humor (when Eamon Kelly finds his missing teeth - yuk!)but definitely laugh out loud hilarious entertainment. Did I mention the lovely West of Ireland and Aran Islands scenery? Watch out for reviews with spoilers, as they'll ruin the whole movie for you.

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