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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 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 ... 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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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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Trivia

The part of Doyle was originally meant to be played by Roddy McDowall. 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: Oh, that's a lovely dress you wearing.
Danny: Isn't it?
Theresa: Oh, thank you!
Rose: Even though it is a little big on top.
Danny: Ma!
Rose: Well, it is, you said so yourself.
Danny: Ma!
Theresa: No, no that's a problem I have, I'm not really that endowed on top.
Danny: No, no, no, no, no.
Rose: You're built like a thirteen year old boy.
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A wish come true
22 March 1999 | by cutter-12See all my reviews

This film will always put a smile on my face as being a HUGE Maureen O'Hara fan, and having just seen the Quiet Man in 1991 for about the 3rd time that week, I thought to myself "Wouldn't it be great if Maureen O'Hara came out of retirement to make another movie." I no more made that wish whilst watching "Uncle Buck" on TV when it cut to commercial and the advertisement for "Only the Lonely' came on. Ecstatic (and in shock) , I hit the ceiling and had to peel myself off. The film itself when I saw it was not a disappointment. Ms. O'Hara was beautiful, as she has always been and still is after her recent television appearances, and her performance was easily worthy of an Academy Award nomination. Sadly, the Academy overlooked

her as they had always done and continue to do so with their lifetime achievement Oscar they hand out to Legendary figures in the movie industry every year. Maureen is deserving of this honor as she has appeared in at least 3 of the greatest films ever made and remains a shining ambassador for everything good about old time Hollywood and the film industry in general. Only the Lonely, thankfully, was just the first of three

films she made in her 1990's return to acting, the others being "The Christmas Box' and "Cab to Canada", both made for television. But seeing her again in "Only the Lonely, Irish and feisty with fellow veteran Anthony Quinn romancing her once more, and playing John Candy's mother in what is easily his best film makes this one stand out a little more than the others.

A charming and bittersweet romantic comedy that is a pleasure to watch each and every time you see it.


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Release Date:

24 May 1991 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,997,993, 27 May 1991

Gross USA:

$21,830,957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,092,802
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Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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