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Writer-director Chris Columbus mines Paddy Chaveysky's Marty for this bittersweet comedy about a lonely 38-year old Chicago cop dominated by his harridan mother. Danny Muldoon John Candy, in spite of being well known and well liked in his neighborhood, still lives at home with his mother Rose Maureen O'Hara, returning to the screen after a twenty year absence and spends most of his time worrying about her. One night at the local Irish bar, he meets the shy Theresa Luna Ally Sheedy, whose father is the local ...
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Writer-director Chris Columbus mines Paddy Chaveysky's Marty for this bittersweet comedy about a lonely 38-year old Chicago cop dominated by his harridan mother. Danny Muldoon John Candy, in spite of being well known and well liked in his neighborhood, still lives at home with his mother Rose Maureen O'Hara, returning to the screen after a twenty year absence and spends most of his time worrying about her. One night at the local Irish bar, he meets the shy Theresa Luna Ally Sheedy, whose father is the local funeral director, and both Danny and Theresa immediately fall in love. The only obstacle to their happiness is the jaded opinions of Danny's friends. Rose, in particular, launches into a bigoted Italian salvo that intimidates Danny, making it difficult for him to continue the relationship.
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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Chris Columbus' Only the Lonely is memorable if for no other reason than it attempts to make John Candy into a viable romantic lead. He does not have conventional sex appeal, but Candy does communicate a basic goodness and kindness as Danny Muldoon that helps make this familiar story more palatable than one might expect. The relationship between Danny and his mother could easily devolve into bathos in the hands of lazy actors, but Candy and Maureen O'Hara pull it off. They are familiar "types" to be sure, but they bring some nice color to a paint-by-numbers story structure. There is little that is original about the film, but this is one of those instances where solid casting and fine performances outweigh the inherent banality of the plot and the characters. Anyone who enjoys old-fashioned romances will have a good time with Only the Lonely.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/1995
  • UPC: 086162870637
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Candy Danny Muldoon
Maureen O'Hara Rose Muldoon
Ally Sheedy Theresa Luna
Kevin Dunn Patrick
Milo O'Shea Doyle
Anthony Quinn Nick Acropolis
Bert Remsen Spats
Jim Belushi Sal Buonarte
Joe V. Greco Johnny Luna
Marvin J. McIntyre Father Strapovic
Macaulay Culkin Billy
John Davis Chandler Tyrone
Kieran Culkin Patrick Jr
James Deuter Waiter
Jesse J. Donnelly Policeman
James "Ike" Eichling Cop
Martin Fisher Chess Player
Allen Hamilton O'Neal
Bernie Landis Larry
Rick LeFevour Hoodlum
Sandra Macat Stewardess
Teri McEvoy Susan
Ed Meekin Carriage Driver
Marlon A. Morris Cop Friend
Michael Nash Crazed Prisoner
Timothy O'Meara Cop
Clarke P.Devereux News Vendor
Les Podewell Jack
Brittany Radcliffe Witch
Porscha Radcliffe Bum
Mahlon Sharp Tommy Bones
Dick Sollenberger Suit Salesman
John M. Watson Sr. Leo
Technical Credits
Chris Columbus Director, Screenwriter
Bill Arnold Set Decoration/Design
Gary Baugh Set Decoration/Design
Rosemary Brandenberg Set Decoration/Design
Karen Fletcher-Trujillo Set Decoration/Design
Raja Gosnell Editor
Tarquin Gotch Executive Producer
John Hughes Producer
Rodger Jacobs Makeup
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Hunt Lowry Producer
Julio Macat Cinematographer
John Muto Production Designer
Mark A. Radcliffe Co-producer
Peter Teschner Editor
Mary Vogt Costumes/Costume Designer
Dan Webster Art Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DVD

    Danny lives with his Mother in big house and worrying about her, one day he meet a woman who works at the funeral firm and keep going with her, his mother have to sale her house and lives with a woman, in christmas all white snow, saw wedding cake in the shop, end of film they married and got the train for honeymoon or away for good. I couldn't remember.

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