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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

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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Comedy | Romance

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24 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Yo, tú y mi mamá  »

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Gross USA:

$21,830,957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,092,802
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Trivia

The first date picnic at old Comiskey Park was filmed not long after the final baseball game was played there on September 30, 1990. The new Comiskey Park (now known as U.S. Cellular Field) can be seen across the street from the old park in the establishing shot. Demolition of old Comiskey Park began in April of 1991. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Written by Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer
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John Candy In His Best Role... More Serious Than Usual
18 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

ONLY THE LONELY (2+ outta 5 stars)

Probably John Candy's best role on film... not an all-out comedy laugh-fest as most would expect... it's actually a kind of sweet, sentimental story (somewhat influenced by the classic film/play "Marty" starring Ernest Borgnine) about an aging bachelor cop (Candy), his overbearing mother (Maureen O'Hara, just as sassy on screen as in her heyday) and the plain, young mortician with whom he falls in love (Ally Sheedy). Yeah, right... Ally Sheedy is "a little plain"... just like she was in "Breakfast Club". Why, oh why so they always have to cast these drop-dead gorgeous movie stars as "plain" people. (Michelle Pfeiffer in "Frankie and Johnny"... anyone buy THAT one?) Anyway, Sheedy and Candy do have a sweet chemistry together... the movie is a very NICE movie... there is a little bit of a dramatic subtext that could have been explored a little deeper... but the film chooses to keep the tone light... maybe *too* light. Several scenes of Candy imagining terrible accidents happening to his mother due to his absence seem a little too "cute-sy"... but I guess they didn't want to freak audiences out by getting too realistic.


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