The Matchmaker

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Overview

An American woman on a business trip in Ireland finds love knocking at her door, no matter how sternly she refuses to answer, in this romantic comedy. Marcy Tizard (Janeane Garofalo) is an assistant to Senator John McGlory (Jay O. Sanders), a congressman from Boston in the midst of a hard-fought reelection campaign. Nick (Denis Leary), one of McGlory's advisors, thinks that it might mean some extra votes in McGlory's heavily Irish-American district if he can arrange a photo opportunity with any relatives McGlory ...
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Overview

An American woman on a business trip in Ireland finds love knocking at her door, no matter how sternly she refuses to answer, in this romantic comedy. Marcy Tizard (Janeane Garofalo) is an assistant to Senator John McGlory (Jay O. Sanders), a congressman from Boston in the midst of a hard-fought reelection campaign. Nick (Denis Leary), one of McGlory's advisors, thinks that it might mean some extra votes in McGlory's heavily Irish-American district if he can arrange a photo opportunity with any relatives McGlory might have in the Olde Sod, so Marcy is sent to Ireland to find any surviving members of McGlory's family. Marcy is not especially enthusiastic about this assignment from the start, and her rancor grows when she arrives in the village of Ballinagra to discover that the annual matchmaking festival is in full swing -- and a number of single men immediately seize upon Marcy as a prize catch. One of them, Sean (David O'Hara), a former journalist who has come to Ballinagra to work on a book, takes an immediate fancy to Marcy, which she most certainly does not return. However, Dermot (Milo O'Shea), the town's leading matchmaker (when he's not busy running his tanning salon), is convinced that Sean and Marcy are perfect for each other, and he makes it his business to bring them together, whether Marcy likes the idea or not. The Matchmaker was filmed on location in Massachusetts and Galway, Ireland.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered; Film and cast biographies; Theatrical trailers
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Thanks to star Janeane Garofalo, Mark Joffe's romantic comedy has a number of laughs, but little in the way of romance. Garofalo's character has been sent to the Emerald Isle, the last place she wants to go, as part of her job as an aide to an Irish politician (Jay O. Sanders). The acerbic aide's distaste for the fabled charm of the Irish begins to lessen after she runs into writer/bartender Sean (David O'Hara). Garofalo's witty presence is an asset to any film she appears in, and this one is no exception, but the lack of chemistry with her putative love interest is palpable. The clichés and stereotypes of Irish life, which are meant to serve as a backdrop to the lovers, also begin to grate after a time. O'Hara, Sanders, and Milo O'Shea as the matchmaker are in fine form here, and they and the rest of the talented cast do everything that's asked of them.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Garofalo, fresh from the magical The Truth About Cats and Dogs, is one of the most engaging actresses around.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/7/2003
  • UPC: 025192265822
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,892

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Janeane Garofalo Marcy Tizard, MarcyTizard
David Patrick O'Hara Sean
Milo O'Shea Dermot
Jay O. Sanders Sen John McGlory
Rosaleen Linehan Millie
Paul Hickey Declan
Maria Doyle Kennedy Sarah
Saffron Burrows Moira
Denis Leary Nick
Jimmy Keogh O'Hara
David Kelly O'Connor
Technical Credits
Mark Joffe Director
John Altman Score Composer
Tim Bevan Producer
Howard Burden Costumes/Costume Designer
Liza Chasin Co-producer
Brendan Deasy Sound/Sound Designer
Eric Fellner Producer
Mark Geraghty Production Designer
Lyn Golely Executive Producer
Debra Hayward Co-producer
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Karen Janszen Screenwriter
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Euan Keddie Asst. Director
Graham Linehan Screenwriter
Katy McGuiness Co-producer
Louis Nowra Screenwriter
Terry Pritchard Art Director
Luc Roeg Producer
Ellery Ryan Cinematographer
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Paul Martin Smith Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Standard
1. Opening Credits [6:41]
2. A Warm Welcome [7:37]
3. The Matchmaker Meets Marcie [5:40]
4. Senator McGlory's Roots [6:47]
5. When Two Heads Collide [6:10]
6. Match Made in Ireland [7:01]
7. Sing for a Kiss [7:52]
8. Unexpected Arrival [3:01]
9. Marcie Asks for Help [4:52]
10. A Jealous Pair [7:24]
11. A Family for Hire [5:08]
12. A Legend Says Goodbye [4:16]
13. A Common Bond [5:57]
14. Accidents Happen [7:45]
15. The Perfect Match [6:24]
16. Closing Credits [4:33]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
1. Opening Credits [6:41]
2. A Warm Welcome [7:37]
3. The Matchmaker Meets Maggie [5:40]
4. Senator McGlory's Roots [6:48]
5. When Two Heads Collide [6:10]
6. Match Made in Ireland [7:01]
7. Sing for a Kiss [7:52]
8. Unexpected Arrival [3:01]
9. Marcie Asks for Help [4:51]
10. A Jealous Pair [7:24]
11. A Family for Hire [5:08]
12. A Legend Says Goodbye [4:16]
13. A Common Bond [5:57]
14. Accidents Happen [7:45]
15. The Perfect Match [6:23]
16. Closing Credits [4:32]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Standard
   Play (Standard)
   Chapters
   Language Selection
      English
      Spanish Subtitles
      French Subtitles
   Additional Materials
      Cast & Filmmakers
         Janeane Garofalo
            Filmography
         Denis Leary
            Filmography
         Milo O'Shea
            Filmography
         Mark Joffe
            Filmography
      Theatrical Trailer
      Coming Attractions
         Bean
         The Game
         Gridlock'd
         PolyGram Sampler
Side #2 -- Widescreen
   Play (Widescreen)
   Chapters
   Language Selection
      English
      Spanish Subtitles
      French Subtitles
   Additional Materials
      Cast & Filmmakers
         Janeane Garofalo
            Filmography
         Denis Leary
            Filmography
         Milo O'Shea
            Filmography
         Mark Joffe
            Filmography
      Theatrical Trailer
      Coming Attractions
         Bean
         The Game
         Gridlock'd
         PolyGram Sampler
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    This is one of my favorite movies! 

    This is one of my favorite movies! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOL

    this movie is funny, and needs to be watched twice to get the jokes you misses while laughing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny and Romantic

    I give MatchMaker 5 stars. It is just enthralling. I have seen the DVD probably no less then a dozen times. Whenever I'm bored or in a bad mood, I can pop this DVD in and transport myself to beautiful Ireland. The scenery in the movie is nothing short of breathtaking. The cast is perfect. David O'Hara is just as cute as he can be, and funny. I love the lighthearted humor of this movie. Dennis Leary plays a spin doctor to a T. You'd think he was born to it. I would highly recommend this film for anyone who likes romantic comedies.

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