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Muriel's Wedding (1994)

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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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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

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Russell Gilbert was considered for the role of Brice Nobes. See more »

Goofs

When Muriel is trying on a wedding dress in the shop, and is admiring it in the full-length mirror, to the right in the mirror, you can clearly see a crewmember standing there, before quickly darting out of the reflection. See more »

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[Muriel is being offered a deal to marry David Van Arkle, a South African Olympic swimming contender, so he can gain Australian citizenship]
David Van Arkle: What about the black-haired one?
Coach Ken Blundell: No, she was Turkish. She'd only been in the country five minutes.
[to Muriel]
Coach Ken Blundell: Now, whoever marries David will have to tell the immigration authorities that they're in love with him. Now there'll be media attention so they'll have to live with David in his flat for at least four months after the marriage. I've worked out all ...
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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Wedding Week 3 (2009) See more »

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Amazing Grace
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Written by John Newton
Performed by Funeral Attendees
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Kind of a "Revenge of the Nerds Down-Under"
21 June 1999 | by Ratso-5See all my reviews

Muriel's Wedding is a feel good movie for the outcasts of the world. That means most people of course. At some time in our lives we all feel like the one who is left out of everything. Muriel's life is like that. Her "friends" put her down constantly and her father reinforces it by telling her how useless she (and every other member of her family) is while boosting his own ego by bragging about his connections.

There is no life in Porpoise Spit for Muriel. So after a couple of catastrophic embarassments and a chance meeting with an old school chum and fellow outcast she moves to Sydney. There she reinvents herself and discovers that despite what has been said about her and some pretty bad things she has done she is still a good person. Muriel stumbles on the way but finally frees herself (as does her mother) from the oppression of her hometown, her father, and her life.

Muriel isn't a totally likeable character. She steals, lies, and at one point does a perfectly terrible thing to her only friend. In the end however, Muriel recognizes that despite her shortcoming, physical and spiritual, she isn't the worthless creature her classmates and father have told her she is. To the credit of the filmmaker's they didn't do a complete remake of Muriel in the film to make her a beauty at the end. She gets a better hair cut but for the most part the improvement on her looks comes from within.

Muriel's father on the other hand is a completely despicable man. A local politician who tries to impress everybody with his connections he also put considerable effort into the degradation of his wife and children. His motto, the same as the town of Porpoise Spit, is "You Can't Stop Progress" but he manages to stop the progress of everyone in his family except for Muriel.

This is a very enjoyable film and a good example of the idea that a movie doesn't have to be a big Hollywood production to be great. I'm glad that it was produced in Australia. If it had been done in France then Hollywood would have done a remake in English and probably ruined it.


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