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The MatchMaker (1997)

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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Marcy Tizard
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Sean Kelly
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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
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Anne Gildea ...
Airport Assistant
Claude Clancy ...
Michael the Bus Driver
James Ryland ...
Sergeant Riley
David King ...
Local Lad No. 1
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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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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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3 October 1997 (USA)  »

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The Matchmaker  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,378,930 (USA) (5 October 1997)

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$3,376,403 (USA) (16 November 1997)
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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

Sean Kelly: Let me make an honest woman of you. Divorce me !
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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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Carrickfergus
Irish traditional
Performed by Paul Hickey
Sung by Declan Kelly at the wake for Dermot O'Brien
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A real peach
7 July 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If this movie isn't the best thing Janeane Garofalo has ever done it must be close. The acerbic wit she was known for on "The Larry Sanders Show" is there, but so is everything else. She's a three-dimensional character.

It's refreshing to see a love story without a sex scene, or even a gratuitous nude or near nude scene. Most filmmakers nowadays would throw something like that in just to tease audiences with it in the trailer. But "Matchmaker" is an honest movie, and Garofalo's Marcy is tough yet vulnerable and loveable.

Some would say that "Matchmaker" exploits the Irish by way of stereotyping them. I had the opposite impression. It seemed that the people who made this movie loved the Irish.

Usually I find myself agreeing with the aggregate score of each movie in the IMDb. But in this case I'm out of the mainstream. The aggregate score is 6.2, which normally indicates a barely watchable movie. But I gave Matchmaker a 10.


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