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The Sum of Us (1994)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 8 March 1995 (USA)
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."

Writers:

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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Trivia

For the film, Jack Thompson and John Polson both reprised their roles from the stage production. See more »

Quotes

Desiree: You've just taken your first step towards finding your perfect partner.
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Connections

Featured in Century of Cinema: 40,000 years of dreaming (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Let's Wait
Written by Collette Roberts, Charles Fisher, Dave Faulkner
Performed by Collette
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Squirrelly, sensitive film
25 May 2002 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

The approach taken to this gay-themed light-drama is so low-keyed and matter-of-fact, it makes the whole idea of homosexuality seem rather staid. And that's a nice change of pace, although it's not exactly invigorating for the picture! Young gay Australian plumber lives with his widower dad; they both want a serious commitment with a special someone, and both find the path to romance rather rocky, but dad is fully committed to seeing that his "poof" son finds a partner who won't break his heart. It's based on a play, with the two leads occasionally speaking into the camera--yet this is an idea that isn't intrusive or unpleasant. Just the opposite: the film is so good-hearted that it borders on bland. The most surprising thing you can say about it is not the (discreet) man-on-man make-out scenes, but rather the fact it's Russell Crowe acting in them. Crowe, young but not green, is very affable in this movie, shy and sweet and tender, however it's raffish Jack Thompson as his papa who steals the scenes. **1/2 from ****


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sum of Us See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD3,465,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,479, 12 March 1995

Gross USA:

$766,464

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$766,464
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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