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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.

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Edward Burns

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Edward Burns
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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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Jack is trying to save his marriage, Patrick is in a hopeless relationship, but their biggest problem is Barry's brotherly advice. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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:

$25,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,246,600
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eight of the ten cast members made their film debut in this film. See more »

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At the end of the movie, the two main characters are on the sidewalk talking, and a New York trash can jumps back and forth all around them between shots. See more »

Quotes

Jack McMullen: [reminiscing about their father] Remember some of that stuff he'd say when he was half in the bag?
Barry McMullen: [mimicking his father] You shut your mouth when you're talking to me!
Patrick McMullen: The only thing I wanna hear out of you is nothing!
Jack McMullen: And when I asked Dad how he liked my new red varsity jacket? He said 'You should get another one in blue and burn the both of em'.
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What rubbish!
3 November 2002 | by CoenHeadSee all my reviews

I'm a fan of independent and low-budget films. I've seen quite a number of them, and I'm not necessarily put off by amateurish production quality, poor lighting & film quality, etc. - IF THE STORY AND CHARACTERS are there.

The Brothers McMullen has been lauded in indie-film circles for several years now. I've been meaning to see it for some time, and today did so. What I now can say with certainty is that all the buzz and hype around this film is utterly undeserved. The story is utterly banal, the characters are banal, thinly drawn and not just unsympathetic but entirely uninteresting and self-absorbed, and the "direction" childish. The camera and lighting is not just amateurish but seems nearly to be deliberately self-sabotaged.

Now let's get on to the illustrious Edward Burns - who has derived such attention and acclaim for this little "gem" of a film. In watching other films in which he appeared (Saving Private Ryan, 15 Minutes), I was struck by just how inexpressive, wooden and plastic-like his characters were. Yet he was said to be excellent in this film, so I tried to keep an open mind as I watched this film.

What did I discover? That Mr. Burns was no better in this film than he was in the others. I learned that Burns' sole talent is staring into the camera trying to pretend to convey meaning through his sad-sack eyes, yet he isn't capable of conveying ANYTHING - the man is essentially a mute when it comes to any sort of meaningful communication to the audience.

I can't imagine how any person watching this film could have come away with a positive impression of it - there simply isn't any part of it that I would recommend to anyone else. Give it a wide berth - don't waste your $3.95 renting this dreck at Blockbuster.


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