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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:

15 November 1995 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Seamus Egan, who composed much of the music on the soundtrack, was on a tour of New England when his car broke down. He was put up for the night by a local couple he had never met, whose adult son happened to be visiting for the weekend. They loaned Seamus their own car so he could finish the tour. In gratitude, Seamus (and bluegrass musician Dirk Powell) gave them copies of their CDs, they only gift they could afford at the time. The son turned out to be Andy Yarme, a technician working on the film in New York. The CDs found their way to Ed Burns, who in turn called Seamus and asked if he could use some of the music on the film. After the film was picked up by Sundance, the music was remastered, and due to the increased budget, Sarah McLachlan was brought on board. Together, they re-wrote Seamus' instrumental "Weep Not For the Memories", creating the hit "I Will Remember You". McLachlan's video for the song following its release as a single cost three times to make as the entire Brothers McMullen production. See more »

Goofs

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

Patrick: So what'd ya' give up for Lent?
Barry: I gave up resolutions this year.
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Soundtracks

Once Upon A Time
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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