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The Brothers McMullen

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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, ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
With this charming 1995 comedy -- produced with limited resources and shot on locations in and around his parents' Long Island home -- first-time director Edward Burns proved that filmmakers don't need big stars or an extravagant production to create a memorable movie. Burns, who also wrote the screenplay, cast himself as one of three Irish-American brothers Jack Mulcahy and Mike McGlone play the others whose recently widowed mother cheerfully abandons her sons to set off for parts unknown with her new lover. The siblings aren't sure about the other women in their lives, either: a restive Mulcahy contemplates cheating on wife Connie Britton, nervous McGlone questions his engagement to fiancée Elizabeth McKay, and Burns resists committing to a long-term relationship with girlfriend Maxine Bahns at that time the director's offscreen girlfriend. Burns adopts a minimalist visual style, letting his amiable characters and naturalistic dialogue carry the story in an almost off-hand manner. Refreshing in its simplicity, The Brothers McMullen doesn't break any new ground, but Burns manipulates long-standing movie conventions with deceptive ease and gives them a distinctive Noo Yawk spin. He provides a detailed commentary for the DVD, which also offers trailers, interactive menus, and scene-selection features in addition to both widescreen and pan-and-scan versions of the film
All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
This low-budget independent film concerns three Irish-American brothers who all live in the same house. They have seen their parents' unhappy marriage, and each is having problems in his own romantic relationship. During the course of the film, they talk about their moral choices, all trying to sort out right from wrong and do what is best. It's quite a talky film, and its strengths may have dimmed in the wake of the copies inspired by its success, but it offers something that few of its imitators do: it's a film about young people struggling with moral choices, not because they want a promotion or want to avoid being shot, but because it's the right thing to do. Neither does it take the easy way out, devoting considerable time to the befuddling options facing its protagonists and the consequences of choosing them. Thoughtful and absorbing, The Brothers McMullen is an American original.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2003
  • UPC: 024543060314
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Mulcahy Jack McMullen
Mike McGlone Patrick McMullen
Edward Burns Barry
Shari Albert Susan
Maxine Bahns Audry
Connie Britton Molly McMullen
Jennifer Jostyn Leslie
Elizabeth McKay Ann
Technical Credits
Edward Burns Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Bill Baldwin Associate Producer
Seamus Egan Score Composer
Dick Fisher Cinematographer, Editor, Producer
Eden Goldberg Asst. Director
Ted Hope Executive Producer
Gallia Hoshia Asst. Director
Mike Marson Sound/Sound Designer
Mario Porpino Musical Direction/Supervision
Judy Richter Associate Producer
James Schamus Executive Producer
Mary Jane Skalski Associate Producer
Stefan Springman Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Yarme Sound/Sound Designer
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