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.
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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

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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 16, 2005

A good Movie of the Week. Engaging, a bit soapy, but with real circumstance & intelligent/plausable chat. However, tidies up too neatly in the end.

Full Review… | March 22, 2005
Hollywood Report Card

One of the best films of the 90's

March 9, 2005

Very relatable for Irish Catholics like me.

September 3, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Brothers McMullen


8/28/2016: Not a great movie, but not too bad either. I good story about brothers in the Boston area and there commitment issues with women.

Russ Bast
Russ Bast

Great movie!

Leo L
Leo L

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Alright, but overrated.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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