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The Brothers McMullen (1995)



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Shot on weekends over an eight-month period with practically no budget, writer/director/producer/actor Edward Burns' first feature is a family drama centering on the tumultuous love lives of three small-town, Irish-American brothers. Burns stars as Barry, the middle child who finds himself needing a place to stay and moves in with big brother Jack (Jack Mulcahy). Despite being seemingly happily married to Molly (Connie Britton), Jack gives in to temptation and begins having a sexual affair. All the while, devout-Catholic baby brother Patrick (Mike McGlone) faces an ongoing struggle to deal with the religious leanings of the women in his life. The Brothers McMullen premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, where it was at the center of a fierce bidding war.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Edward Burns
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 3, 2000
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Mike McGlone
as Patrick
Catharine Bolz
as Mrs. McMullen
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Critic Reviews for The Brothers McMullen

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

July 7, 2005
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's easy to see what attracted Redford to Burns' first film. Burns' dialogue is natural and witty. Burns films with the gritty immediacy of a documentary, slipping a boom mic above backyard conversations over beers.

Full Review… | March 25, 2007
Arizona Daily Star

It's the sprightly profane dialogue, the dirty talk of the brothers about love and religion, that gives this otherwise old-fashioned comedy (imitative of Woody Allen) a modern feel and winsome drive, keeping it from getting stale.

Full Review… | April 30, 2006

Burns' first (and still best) effort.

April 17, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Brothers McMullen

Alright, but overrated.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


A great writing debut for Burns. Nice dialogue. The banana scene is definitley memorable, bookbat. I wonder if the older folks get, the more sobering this movie might become. I'd love to see more from Jennifer Jostyn and Maxine Bahns.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

Great movie!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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