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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.

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P.J. Hogan

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P.J. Hogan
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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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Comedy | Drama

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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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The name of Muriel's fictional fiancée, Tim Simms, is has resonances (perhaps unintentional or even subconscious) with the names of two Australian food items - Tim Tams (a chocolate-coated biscuit, or cookie in US English) and Dim Sims (a pseudo-Asian meat dish). See more »

Goofs

When Betty Heslop writes the first check to "cash" for Muriel to buy cosmetics, it is dated 12-1-1994. When Muriel hands her father a check for $5,000 near the end of the film, that check is dated 2-11-1992. See more »

Quotes

Muriel: I can't stay married to you, David. I have to stop lying now. I've told so many lies... I don't love you.
David: I don't love you either, but I think I could like having you around.
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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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References Wonder Woman (1975) See more »

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Hotcha
(Peter Best)
Published by Best Results Pty Ltd
Performed by A.A. Aardvaark
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Dancing Queen
6 August 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Toni Collette wants to have "Muriel's Wedding" in this 1994 Australian film, directed and written by P.J. Hogan. Muriel is a social outcast living with her dysfunctional family and fantasizing about a better life for herself, as exemplified in Abba music. She wants the excitement the music has, the fun, the prettiness, the glamor. Most of all, she wants a fabulous wedding. Her dreadful father (Bill Hunter) constantly puts her down and constantly elevates himself. He's a councilman. He asks a friend, Deirdre, who has a cosmetics company like Mary Kay, to give Muriel work. He gives Muriel a blank check so she can buy what she needs and start selling. Muriel takes the blank check to the bank, cleans out her father's bank account and heads for a resort where four girls from the "in crowd" - who don't want Muriel around - have gone. There she meets Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths) and starts to have some of the fun she's dreamed about. From there, she moves to Sydney and takes a job in a video store, rooming with Rhonda.

All of Muriel's dreams eventually come true, but she loses what makes her special and what she has always devalued - herself.

This is such a splendid film, made all the more magnificent by the performance of one of the truly great actresses of this century, Toni Collette. Collette belongs right up there with Streep, Helen Mirren and Cate Blanchette. She's not there because she's a character actress who disappears into her roles so that she's unrecognizable from film to film. Here she embodies Muriel - overweight, badly dressed, with low self-esteem who, in the process of finding out who she is, emerges as an attractive person who knows what's important and what it is she really wants.

"Muriel's Wedding" is not a raucous comedy. It has many layers - ridiculous characters, such as her supposed vain friends, and then it turns around and gives you a complicated character like Rhonda, who loves life and lives it with complete abandon until tragedy strikes. Griffiths gives a beautiful performance. Hunter, the man we loved to hate in "Strictly Ballroom," is even more hateful here, but in the end, seems to have learned his lessons too.

Muriel learns what we all learn - life isn't what goes on on the outside, it's what happens inside. What's valuable isn't the wedding dress and all the pomp, but the souls and love involved and the real meaning of marriage. Then you're a Dancing Queen and you can really feel joy.

Such a great film, made possible by Collette and Hogan's excellent script and direction. Don't miss it.


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