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The MatchMaker (1997)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Marcy Tizard
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Sean Kelly
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Dermot O'Brien
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Senator John McGlory
Rosaleen Linehan ...
Millie O'Dowd
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Declan Kelly
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Sarah Kelly
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Moira Kennedy Kelly
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Nick
Olivia Caffrey ...
Annie
Joan Sheehy ...
Bus Passenger
Anne Gildea ...
Airport Assistant
Claude Clancy ...
Michael the Bus Driver
James Ryland ...
Sergeant Riley
David King ...
Local Lad No. 1
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Storyline

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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A romantic comedy for the unromantic (Video Australia) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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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:

DEM 232,932 (Germany) (24 April 1998)

Gross:

DEM 232,932 (Germany) (24 April 1998)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The Irish version of the town Ballinagra should be "Baile an Ghrá", not "Baile na Grá" as depicted in the film. See more »

Quotes

Senator John McGlory: I always thought you were just really good at your job. But you really are an asshole, aren't you?
Nick: They go hand in hand, Senator.
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Neat end credits pan diagonally from the lower right to upper left through pictures of the movie. See more »

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References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

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Rock 'n' Roll Paddy
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Performed by Shane MacGowan and the Popes
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Sweet and lovely Irish romantic comedy
11 January 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I never even heard of this film when it came out, but am glad I caught it on cable.

The Matchmaker is a romantic comedy, but one with a very original and charming premise, setting and characters.

I love the fact that the two leads, Janeane Garafalo and David O'Hara, have enormous chemistry and appeal, while not looking like standard Hollywood movie stars. I'd love to see O'Hara in another lead role - he has a very offbeat sex appeal.

There are some very amusing scenes, and the bit of the American senator meeting his supposed long lost Irish relatives is hilarious. O'Hara's "We've got to talk" scene is great - for that one alone, I'll go buy the video!

If you enjoy Ireland and romantic comedies that are slightly different, then by all means rent this, it's a charming little film.


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