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The MatchMaker (1997)

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Marcy is an assistant to Senator John McGlory, who is having problems with a re-election campaign. Desperate for Irish votes, McGlory's chief of staff Nick sends Marcy to Ireland to trace ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Joffe

Writers:

Greg Dinner (earlier screenplay), Karen Janszen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Janeane Garofalo ... Marcy Tizard
David O'Hara ... Sean Kelly
Milo O'Shea ... Dermot O'Brien
Jay O. Sanders ... Senator John McGlory
Rosaleen Linehan Rosaleen Linehan ... Millie O'Dowd
Paul Hickey ... Declan Kelly
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Sarah Kelly
Saffron Burrows ... Moira Kennedy Kelly
Denis Leary ... Nick
Olivia Caffrey Olivia Caffrey ... Annie
Joan Sheehy Joan Sheehy ... Bus Passenger
Anne Gildea Anne Gildea ... Airport Assistant
Claude Clancy Claude Clancy ... Michael the Bus Driver
James Ryland James Ryland ... Sergeant Riley
David King David King ... Local Lad No. 1
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Marcy is an assistant to Senator John McGlory, who is having problems with a re-election campaign. Desperate for Irish votes, McGlory's chief of staff Nick sends Marcy to Ireland to trace McGlory's relatives or ancestors. Marcy arrives at the village of Ballinagra when it is preparing for an annual Matchmaking Festival. A well-dressed, handsome and single young lady, she becomes the center of attention for two professional matchmakers, Dermot and Millie, as well as for bartender Sean. Written by Anonymous

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A comedy for the incurably unromantic. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Matchmaker See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,378,930, 5 October 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,376,403, 16 November 1997
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ballinagra, the name of the town in the movie is a reworking on the Irish 'Baile Na Gra' which means 'Town of Love'. See more »

Goofs

Millie O'Dowd tells Marcy that the Japanese girl will be married tomorrow, yet two nights pass before Sean and Marcy drive by her outdoor wedding ceremony in Sean's boat. See more »

Quotes

Senator John McGlory: [as reporters surround his limo] Yes, yes, I hate you all. When I'm President I'll have you all killed.
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Crazy Credits

Neat end credits pan diagonally from the lower right to upper left through pictures of the movie. See more »


Soundtracks

Irish Heartbeat
Written by Van Morrison
Performed by Van Morrison and The Chieftains
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Wonderful! Marvelous! And also great!
5 April 1999 | by Celtgirl-2See all my reviews

The Matchmaker is a consistently funny, touching, romantic movie with lovely scenery (shot on location!) and great Irish music. All I knew at the outset of seeing it was that it involved two of my favorite things...Ireland and Janeane Garofalo. I saw it, and added a third...David O'Hara!

It's been awhile since I saw a couple as realistically portrayed as Marcy and Sean, although in the midst of it was a lot of magic. They fight, they bonk heads, they kiss, they fall head over heels...then they nearly miss the boat! You'll find yourself cheering them on at every turn.

The rest of the cast is a scream, from Denis Leary as a snide jerk of a campaign manager to Jay Sanders as the slightly dim Senator McGlory to the matchmaker himself, Milo O'Shea. They all play off each other to create a wonderfully woven story.

Sure'n I've almost worn my copy through, and will watch it again tomorrow! GO RENT IT!


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