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Muriel's Wedding (1994)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 31 March 1995 (USA)
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A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation where she hopes to find happiness, and perhaps love.

Director:

P.J. Hogan

Writer:

P.J. Hogan
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Lee Sophie Lee ... Tania Degano
Roz Hammond ... Cheryl (as Rosalind Hammond)
Toni Collette ... Muriel Heslop
Belinda Jarrett Belinda Jarrett ... Janine
Pippa Grandison ... Nicole
Bill Hunter ... Bill Heslop
Jeanie Drynan ... Betty Heslop
Dan Wyllie ... Perry Heslop (as Daniel Wyllie)
Gabby Millgate ... Joanie Heslop
Gennie Nevinson Gennie Nevinson ... Deidre Chambers
Rachel Griffiths ... Rhonda Epinstalk
Matt Day ... Brice Nobes
Chris Haywood ... Ken Blundell
Daniel Lapaine ... David Van Arkle
Susan Prior ... Girl at Wedding
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Storyline

Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, and turns her world upside down. Written by Lynn Salmon

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A Story of Love, Laughter and the Pursuit of Matrimony, everyone is invited! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sex-related dialogue and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La boda de Muriel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,185,594

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,300,000
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jamie Dunn, Ross Higgins, John Jarratt, John Howard, Robert Hughes, Terry Gill, Bryan Brown and Paul Hogan were considered for the role of Bill Heslop See more »

Goofs

South Africa was banned from the Olympic Games in 1960 due to apartheid, but reinstated in 1992 and participated in the Barcelona games. David should be able to compete for his home country and not need to immigrate to Australia; however, it is possible that he or his coach believed another ban might be imminent and planned accordingly. See more »

Quotes

Tania: He says they're not sleeping together. She only sucks him off.
Cheryl: Why?
Tania: Out of respect for me.
Nicole: Bitch.
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical release clearly showed a woman dressed as Wonder Woman and a man dressed as Robin during the talent show scene when Muriel and Rhonda are presented with the over-sized check and champagne. In the DVD/video release, Robin is only partly shown and Wonder Woman is not shown at all. See more »

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Edited into Terror Nullius (2018) See more »

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Hotcha
(Peter Best)
Published by Best Results Pty Ltd
Performed by A.A. Aardvaark
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So Much...Better...Than Advertised!
20 May 2003 | by ATOBrianSee all my reviews

You gotta love the Hollywood marketing hacks. "Outrageously funny...you'll stand up and.....cheer!" Did they even watch the movie? Or was this a cynical ploy to try to make "Muriel's Wedding" into a more commercially viable film?

Either way, the marketing for this great little movie deserves an award for Most Misleading. In misrepresenting "Muriel," they reduced it to a fun "chick flick" in the minds of people who hadn't yet seen it. It's so much better than that.

A few years back, my then-girlfriend begged for this on one of our trips to Blockbuster, so I gave in, resigned to a night of gritting my teeth through a silly, formula-written, semi-feminist movie about a couple girls who have fun while getting even with their boyfriends or finally landing the big job or whatever the ending was gonna be.

Well, I was FLOORED by what "Muriel's Wedding" was, as well as what it wasn't.

The film is profoundly psychological and satirical. The person who sees Muriel, powerfully played by Toni Collette, and cannot empathize with her is a heartless, brainless schmuck indeed. Collette's performance and writer/director PJ Hogan's screenplay take Muriel through pretty much the whole range of emotion. Much of this emotion is negative, and it's really painful (but beautiful) to watch at several points. To watch Muriel's harrowing journey toward self-acceptance is to relive painful moments in your past, whether you are a man or a woman.

"Muriel" is also FULL of satire. It has a lot to say about marriage and family life, and little of it is good, although I believe it leaves plenty of room for redemption for Muriel and her abusive father (well-played by Bill Hunter).

"Muriel's Wedding" isn't a perfect movie, though it's pretty damned close. The scenes of Rhonda's and Muriel's life in Sydney, in particular, seem rather episodic, without strong threads to bind them. But this is almost quibbling with a great, great film.

That's the way "Muriel's Wedding" is. It affords you no escape, if that's what you are looking for. I think that's why most people are so p***ed off about it. They want to be entertained, not depressed by a film that has to do with real life. Well, I can't be too hard on these folks. It's really the marketing department's fault for their false advertising.

But if you want to see a very powerful film and are willing be really touched by a it, then see "Muriel's Wedding."


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