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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."

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David Stevens (play), David Stevens (screenplay)
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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

Jeff Mitchell: Of course, some people think it isn't very good manners to read at the dinner table.
Harry Mitchell: Some people hasn't lived with you for twenty-odd years.
Jeff Mitchell: Some people should be so bloody lucky.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Sh-Boom
Written by Claude Feaster (as Feaster), James Keyes (as Keys), Floyd McRae (as McRae),
James Edwards (as Edwards)
Performed by The Chords
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Group
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Back when I was 13.....
7 February 2001 | by limesodaSee all my reviews

I was coming out to myself.. I had this warped image of being gay that I had to develop a lisp and become high camp just to conform with being gay (I repeat I was 13 and living in the sticks.) I saw an ad for this movie TSOU and I just had to see it. With alot of precautions I caught a train for 2 hours to a movie theater that was far enough away so no one that I knew would see me going to a "gay" Film. Any way Sitting in the theater I was presented with an image of a gay man that didn't fall into the stereotypes I had been so used to, I guess the film taught me I could be gay with out being faggy. To simply label this as a gay movie is to miss the entire point its a Romance movie, both father and son looking for a partner of same/different gender. To make a tired point I love this movie Russell Crowe and Jack Thompson are brilliant.. I wish I had a dad like Henry.... or a boyfriend like Jeff :)


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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