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The Sum of Us (1994)

A widowed father has to deal with two complex issues: while he is searching for "Miss Right," his son, who is in his 20s and gay, is searching for "Mr. Right."

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David Stevens (play), David Stevens (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Thompson ... Harry Mitchell
Russell Crowe ... Jeff Mitchell
John Polson ... Greg
Deborah Kennedy ... Joyce Johnson
Joss Moroney Joss Moroney ... Young Jeff
Mitch Mathews Mitch Mathews ... Gran
Julie Herbert Julie Herbert ... Mary
Des James Des James ... Football Coach
Mick Campbell Mick Campbell ... Footballer
Donny Muntz Donny Muntz ... Ferry Captain
Jan Adele Jan Adele ... Barmaid
Rebekah Elmaloglou ... Jenny Johnson
Lola Nixon Lola Nixon ... Desiree
Sally Cahill Sally Cahill ... Greg's Mother
Bob Baines ... Greg's Father
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Storyline

Set in Sydney, Australia. A (heterosexual) father and his gay son are trying to find Ms/Mr Right respectively. The film shows their relationships with one another and the objects of their affection as tradgedy strikes. There is no overt 'message' in the film, just a very natural, entertaining story-telling. Written by Fred Curtis <fred@cs.su.oz.au>

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How's a guy supposed to find Mr. Right when his dad won't stop trying to help? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Summe der Gefühle See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 3,465,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$766,000, 16 March 2015

Gross USA:

$2,510,448, 30 June 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,530,888, 1 July 1996
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Harry Mitchell: Your grandmother said that to me once. 'The greatest explorers', she said, 'are the explorers of the human heart'.
Jeff Mitchell: Is that why she became a dyke?
Harry Mitchell: Your grandmother was not a dyke!
Jeff Mitchell: She was licking Aunt Mary's pussy for forty years, what else do you call it?
Harry Mitchell: She was not a dyke! A lesbian, perhaps... You shouldn't call her names! How would you like it if I went around and called you 'pansy', 'fairy', 'poofter'?
Jeff Mitchell: You do half the time!
Harry Mitchell: Only when I'm annoyed with you!
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I've Learned to Cope
Written by Maxwell, Ferris, Russell
Performed by Bass Culture
Courtesy of Mushroom Records
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Personable, Sincere and utterly Australian
17 March 2007 | by court99See all my reviews

This movie took me by surprise, it is personable, sincere and utterly Australian. It explores its themes in a beautiful manner, through the relationships between family, especially father and son. Don't be put off by Russel Crowe. I myself almost didn't watch it because he was in it, but I have to say, he did a brilliant job. He took the character and made it his own, and I feel no one else could have played the part any better. Take into account that this movie was originally a stage play, so there are various monologues and direct engagement with the audience. This at first is a little surprising and perhaps even uncomfortable, as we are so used to being purely observers when watching a movie. After initial surprise however I found the technique refreshing, it gave the film a more personable and intimate quality. I revel in how Australian this film is, the fact that I use the same brands of mustard and soy sauce which at one point appeared at the dinner table, made me unusually delighted and also pulled me into the realism which the film tries and succeeds in conveying. At risk of sounding patriotic, it almost made me proud to be Australian. This is probably one of my favourite movies, in its exploration of love and how it should not be dictated by the limits of our society.


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