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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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Chris Columbus

Writer:

Chris Columbus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Candy ... Danny Muldoon
Maureen O'Hara ... Rose Muldoon
Ally Sheedy ... Theresa Luna
Kevin Dunn ... Patrick Muldoon
Milo O'Shea ... Doyle
Bert Remsen ... Spats
Anthony Quinn ... Nick Acropolis
Jim Belushi ... Salvatore Buonarte (as James Belushi)
Joe Greco Joe Greco ... Johnny Luna
Marvin J. McIntyre Marvin J. McIntyre ... Father Strapovic
Macaulay Culkin ... Billy Muldoon
Kieran Culkin ... Patrick Muldoon Jr.
Allen Hamilton ... O'Neal
Teri McEvoy Teri McEvoy ... Susan Muldoon
Bernie Landis Bernie Landis ... Larry
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Storyline

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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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Irish | Greek

Release Date:

24 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yo, tú y mi mamá See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$21,830,957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,092,802
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Danny tells his partner he can not attend the bear game with him because he has a date with Teresa at the ballet, however the date is a Saturday night NFL games are never played on a Saturday night early in the season they are usually played toward the end of the season, their date took place on Halloween night also. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Danny: Sometimes it's good to be a cop.
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Referenced in John Candy: Comic Spirit (2005) See more »

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Written by Otis Redding, Zelma Redding and Joe Rock
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John Candy In His Best Role... More Serious Than Usual
18 September 2004 | by hokeybuttSee 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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