Muriel's Wedding

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A socially inept young woman slowly learns to overcome her insecurities in this sleeper hit from Australia. The unconventional Muriel Toni Collette is deeply unsatisfied with her life, stuck in the nowhere town of Porpoise Spit and feeling rejected by her friends and family. Believing herself unattractive and worthless, she seeks meager solace in ABBA songs and fantasies of gorgeous weddings, with herself as the bride. Muriel's life takes a turn for the better, however, when she befriends the carefree Rhonda ...
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A socially inept young woman slowly learns to overcome her insecurities in this sleeper hit from Australia. The unconventional Muriel Toni Collette is deeply unsatisfied with her life, stuck in the nowhere town of Porpoise Spit and feeling rejected by her friends and family. Believing herself unattractive and worthless, she seeks meager solace in ABBA songs and fantasies of gorgeous weddings, with herself as the bride. Muriel's life takes a turn for the better, however, when she befriends the carefree Rhonda Rachel Griffiths, who encourages her to take control of her life. Together, the two women travel to Sydney, where a series of liberating experiences help Muriel develop self-esteem and take the first steps towards maturity.
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With all that ABBA music swirling through the soundtrack, it's surprising to realize that Muriel's Wedding is a film brimming with pain. Much like Minnie Driver would do in her own breakthrough role in Circle of Friends, versatile actress Toni Collette gained 40 pounds to embody the character who would win her an Australian Academy Award, risking typecasting as "the fat girl" in her first major role. This bold, vanity-eschewing turn delivers visceral heartache; never does one question that this sweet but unfortunate girl would lie and steal to make her life a smidgen more palatable. Even sadder is the fact that Muriel's the only one doing something about her life, however self-deceptive, while her siblings and long-suffering mum have resigned themselves to the depressing inertia that grows from aimless yearning -- a condition complicated by the betrayals of her father, a failed politico. In this tragicomic world, a sham life is better than none at all. Rachel Griffiths is equally effective as Muriel's one true friend, and the fact that Muriel does not always treat her as such lends greater complexity to these characters. In a memorable debut, P.J. Hogan directs his own layered script with a sensitive hand, perfectly blending the comedy and tragedy that vie for control of any person's life. He would continue his exploration of misguided marital exploits with My Best Friend's Wedding, the Hollywood hit that revived the career of the considerably less pitiable Julia Roberts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/1997
  • UPC: 786936470130
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toni Collette Muriel
Bill Hunter Bill Heslop
Rachel Griffiths Rhonda
Sophie Lee Tania
Rosalind Hammond Cheryl
Belinda Jarrett Janine
Pippa Grandison Nicole
Jeanie Drynan Betty Heslop
Daniel Wyllie Perry
Gabby Millgate Joanie Heslop
Gennie Nevinson Diedre
Matt Day Brice
Chris Haywood Ken Blundell
Daniel Lapaine David VanArkle
Susan Prior Girl at Wedding
Nathaniel Kaye Chook
Cecily Polson Tania's Mother
Rob Steele Higgins
Genevieve Picot Store Detective
Richard Sutherland Constable Saunders
Steve Smith Constable Gillespie
Katie Saunders Penelope
Dene Kermond Malcolm
Jeamin Lee Chinese waitress
Jon-Claire Lee Chinese maƮtre d'
Kuni Hashimoto Akira
Ken Senga Victor Keinosuke
Des Rodgers Island MC
Rohan Jones restaurant boy
Barry Crocker Himself
Heather Mitchell Bridal Manager
Penne Hackforth-Jones Bridal Manager
Robert Alexander Barrister
Annie Byron Rhonda's mother
Vincent Ball Priest
Basil Clarke Funeral Priest
John Walton Taxi Driver
Craig Olson Restaurant boy
Rodney Arnold Ejected Diner
Steve Cox Cruise Taxi Driver
Kevin Copeland Sailor
James Schramko Sailor
Richard Morecroft Himself
Richard Carter Federal Policeman
John Gaden Doctor
Heidi LaPaine Bridal Assistant
Diane Smith Physiotherapist
Darrin Klimek Rhonda's Taxi Driver
Kirsty Hinchcliffe Bridal Assistant
Troy Hardy Young Boy
Robyn Pitt Owen Singer at Muriel's Wedding
Jacqueline Link Press at Muriel's Wedding
Alvaro Marques Press at Muriel's Wedding
Fiona Sullivan Press at Muriel's Wedding
Ineke Rapp Press at Muriel's Wedding
Julian Garner Press at Muriel's Wedding
John Hoare Well-Wisher at Murial's Wedding
Frankie Davidson Sergeant
Louise Cullen Deidre's Friend
Technical Credits
P.J. Hogan Director, Screenwriter
Michael D. Aglion Associate Producer
Alison Barrett Casting
Hugh Bateup Art Director
Peter Best Score Composer
Jill Bilcock Editor
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Lynda House Producer
Jane Murphy Set Decoration/Design
Glen W. Johnson Set Decoration/Design
Tony Mahood Associate Producer
Martin McGrath Cinematographer
Jocelyn Moorhouse Producer
Glenn Newnham Sound/Sound Designer
John O'Connell Choreography
Patrick Reardon Production Designer
Terry Ryan Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Savage Sound/Sound Designer
Noriko Watanabe Makeup
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why can't it be me?

    No other movie has touched me quite like Muriel's Wedding has. Growing up can be tough enough for a girl but when you toss being overweight with an emotionally abusive father and virtually absent mother it can lead to one serious lack of self-esteem and sense of worth. Muriel's Wedding is the story of one woman's struggle to find herself and her journey was so easy to relate to, so touching, that I found myself tearing up quite a few times. A very, very good, very very relatable film.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Interesting story line with that odd, black humor they like across the pond (in both directions). An interesting concept, but I didn't love it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Sad

    This movie was a mess. The film tries to portray Muriel Heslop as being an ugly character, living in a fantacy world throughout the movie, and at the end the film tries to make Muriel look normal, even sexy. At no point during the movie does Muriel look the slightest bit appealing. The movie was completely unattractive, the only well done aspect was the casting. the actors were well suited to their roles.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    girl power alive and kicking!

    i love this movie, muriel went from being pushed around and demeaned by her dad to being self confident and learning to live on her own terms!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best Girl Power movie of all time

    Grab you diet coke and chocolate, sit on the couch with your best friend, and get ready for the most hilarious-yet-deep movie ever filmed. It's about female relationships and female expectations, and the conclusion will make you return to this movie again and again. You'll never hear an ABBA song again without a smile on your face.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thoroughly enjoyable!

    This has been one of my favorite movies for years, one that I can watch time and time again and still enjoy. I can't say enough about it. The music (ABBA) is excellent and the characters perfectly cast. You'll have a blast with this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE this movie

    This movie has it all. Love, hate, weddings and I laughed so hard I nearly died.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2002

    Excellent, humerous glimpse into the pitiful aspects of single-ness

    I, absolutely loved this movie! It was sooooo funny. I can completely relate to Muriel's experiences and feelings as a single woman. I think of this movie as a kind of parody of single-ness for the lonely ones. It will have you laughing at yourself and those who you know do the same things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2002

    SUPER MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS MOVIE. I CAUGHT IT ON CHANNEL 11 & LOVED IT EVER SINCE. THIS IS A MUST SEE MOVIE. YOU'LL LAUGH & CRY WITH MURIEL & HER ADVENTURES

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