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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marcy Tizard
... Sean Kelly
... Dermot O'Brien
... Senator John McGlory
Rosaleen Linehan ... Millie O'Dowd
... Declan Kelly
... Sarah Kelly
... Moira Kennedy Kelly
... Nick
Olivia Caffrey ... Annie
Joan Sheehy ... Bus Passenger
Anne Gildea ... Airport Assistant
Claude Clancy ... Michael the Bus Driver
James Ryland ... Sergeant Riley
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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For thousands of years in rural Ireland, love has been arranged the old-fashioned way . . . but this time . . . Matchmaking has finally met its match (Video Australia) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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3 October 1997 (USA)  »

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The Matchmaker  »

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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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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

The Irish version of the town Ballinagra should be "Baile an Ghrá", not "Baile na Grá" as depicted in the film. See more »

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Matchmaking patron: I'll tell you me favorite color; bollix!
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Neat end credits pan diagonally from the lower right to upper left through pictures of the movie. See more »

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References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

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Irish Heartbeat
Written by Van Morrison
Performed by Van Morrison and The Chieftains
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The magic that happens when 2 human beings delight in each other.
14 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

A romantic comedy set in Ireland that weaves a spell with the unlikely themes of a cynical search into a Boston Senator's ancestral roots to boost poor ratings back home, and a rural matchmaking festival with its simple recipe for success. This delightful movie pokes gentle ironic fun at just about every cliche in the book, Irish, big-city American and political, and is refreshingly amusing on the way..... It never takes itself too seriously, Milo O'Shea is wonderful, David O'Hara has a fine touch, and Janeane Garofola apart from being a fine actress, has the most wonderful eyes and smile. A pity we don't see more actresses with this quality rather than the strange elongated creatures that inhabit Hollywood. I loved this movie. I loved the characters, the playfulness and humour, the people were real even though the setting was a fantasy..... and I still think the ending is one of the best..... often screen romances manage to interest, stimulate, inspire etc.... but this is the only one I've seen where both actors have captured the wonder and magic that happens when two human beings delight in each other...


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