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Only the Lonely (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 24 May 1991 (USA)
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A Chicago cop must balance loyalty to his overbearing mother and a relationship with a shy funeral home worker.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Danny Muldoon
... Rose Muldoon
... Theresa Luna
... Patrick Muldoon
... Doyle
... Spats
... Nick Acropolis
... Salvatore Buonarte (as James Belushi)
Joe Greco ... Johnny Luna
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Father Strapovic
... Billy Muldoon
... Patrick Muldoon Jr.
... O'Neal
Teri McEvoy ... Susan Muldoon
Bernie Landis ... Larry
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Danny, a cop, meets and falls in love with Theresa. They get engaged, despite sneaking around behind his mother's back, but when push comes to shove, he can't quite quit worrying about his mother long enough to be any kind of lover to Theresa. Written by Gregg Long <diggerblue@hotmail.com>

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The Man, The Woman, The Mother.

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24 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Yo, tú y mi mamá  »

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$21,830,957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,092,802
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Chris Columbus wrote the script with Maureen O'Hara in mind for the role of the mother. Once casting had begun, he insisted on having O'Hara play the role, and began a search for her. What he didn't know, was that she had long since retired, and was living on St. Croix in the U.S.Virgin Islands. Knowing her brother Charles B. Fitzsimons was still in the movie industry, Columbus contacted him, and had a script sent. O'Hara's brother then sent the script to her, and said, "This you do!" After reading the script herself, Maureen contacted her brother and said, "This I do!" See more »

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Danny's brother tells him he got Danny's boss to "transfer him to a precinct in Florida." City police departments are self governing -- there is no way anyone in the Chicago police department could transfer anyone to a precinct in another city. See more »

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Rose: I was right. I still stand by what I said.
Danny: You called dad's bosses filthy Jew shylocks!
Rose: They never gave him a raise. Not in 12 years. Not one Christmas bonus.
Danny: Ma, the vice president of Florsheim and his wife were Jewish!
Rose: Well, how was I supposed to know? They didn't look Jewish. I wasn't talking about them. They took it personal.
Danny: You lost the account for him! $450,000 to the company! He's lucky he didn't lose his job!
Rose: Your father *never* stood up to his bosses. It was time somebody set the ...
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Only the Lonely
Written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson
Performed by Roy Orbison
Courtesy of Sony Music Special Products, a division of
Sony Music Entertainment, Inc.
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Terrific performances...sentimental comedy on mother/son relationship...
30 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

ONLY THE LONELY gives such rich roles to JOHN CANDY and MAUREEN O'HARA as an Irish mother and son enduring a love/hate relationship while his outspoken mother "tells it like it is" to anyone who stands between her and her son. This includes the girl he's smitten with, a shy, introverted type (ALLY SHEEN) who wants him to stop putting his mother first under any and all situations.

He's constantly imagining bad things happening to his mother if he neglects her (and this leads to some funny, imaginative moments that have him imagining the nightmarish things that happen when he turns his back on her). All of these incidents are vividly portrayed and given substance and wit by a clever script and some very truthful performances from the entire cast.

MAUREEN O'HARA is so perfect as the hateful mother with her bigoted view of "that Dago girl" that she should have had at least an Oscar nomination for her feisty portrayal. JOHN CANDY creates a really sympathetic character as the man hopelessly in love with the quiet girl his mother despises. ANTHONY QUINN gives a gentle, finely shaded performance of the man next door who loves Maureen from afar and JOHN BELUSHI is excellent as Candy's worker friend.

It's a good mixture of comedy and drama that never becomes too mawkish or sentimental and exposes some of the hypocrisies of human nature that are not often shown on screen.

Well worth watching for the performances alone.


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