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The Brothers McMullen (1995)

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Three Irish Catholic brothers from Long Island struggle to deal with love, marriage, and infidelity.

Director:

Edward Burns

Writer:

Edward Burns
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shari Albert ... Susan
Maxine Bahns ... Audrey
Catharine Bolz Catharine Bolz ... Mrs. McMullen
Connie Britton ... Molly McMullen
Edward Burns ... Barry / Finbar McMullen
Peter Johansen Peter Johansen ... Marty
Jennifer Jostyn ... Leslie
Michael McGlone ... Patrick McMullen (as Mike McGlone)
Elizabeth McKay Elizabeth McKay ... Ann
Jack Mulcahy ... Jack McMullen
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Storyline

This angst-filled tale of three Irish-Catholic brothers explores men's relationships with women. Three different situations are set up on parallel plotlines, with each brother facing a different kind of crisis. Their common bond as family, as well as close lifelong friends, allows them to express their feelings frankly and intimately, as they talk and discuss their concerns among each other. Jack finds himself in a marriage gone stale and under pressure to start a family that he does not yet feel ready for. Barry, dedicated to his film career and almost pathologically averse to any type of commitment in a relationship, is suddenly artistically successful and finds true love, both for the first time and both pulling him in opposite directions. Patrick is torn between his love for his religion and ethnic heritage and his love for Susan, his longtime Jewish girlfriend. Ultimately, they are all asked to resist temptation of one sort or another, with various poignant outcomes. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Sometimes the Best Friends Are the Ones You've Known Your Whole Life. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Maxine Bahns was Edward Burns's girlfriend at the time the film was being made. As a favor to her boyfriend, Bahns agreed to help him with the auditions by reading opposite the various actors trying out for roles. Eventually Burns asked her to take the part, although it meant that Bahns had to forego a trip to Paris to study at the Sorbonne. See more »

Goofs

Visible in shadow when Jack is talking to Molly in their bedroom. See more »

Quotes

Barry McMullen: I like being a pessimist. It helps me deal with my inevitable failure.
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Connections

Referenced in The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) See more »

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Intro. No. 1
Written by Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan
Performed by Seamus Egan
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Long Island's Woody Allen
28 February 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

THE BROTHERS McMULLEN (1995) ***1/2 Edward Burns, Mike McGlone, Jack Mulcahy, Maxine Bahns, Elizabeth P. McKay, Shari Albert, Connie Britton, Jennifer Jostyn. Sort of an Irish-American Woody Allen flick but with style and originality: Burns (who stars, wrote and directed) filmed this on a budget at $20,000 and won The Sundance Film Fest's Jury Prize after being passed on every level. Three close and quarrelsome Irish/Catholic brothers from Long Island confront sex, sin, guilt, infidelity, commitment and finally love in this delightfully funny and smart slice of life.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brothers McMullen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$238,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$167,815, 13 August 1995

Gross USA:

$10,426,506

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,426,506
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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