Sum of Us

The Sum of Us

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Director: Geoff Burton, Kevin Dowling

Cast: Geoff Burton, Kevin Dowling, Jack Thompson, Russell Crowe

     
 

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Three years before he became a household name in Hollywood with 1997's L.A. Confidential, Russell Crowe starred in this Australian drama, the directorial debuts of Geoff Burton and Kevin Dowling. Crowe plays Jeff Mitchell, a young gay man and the son of widower Harry Mitchell (Jack Thompson). The two live together while they both search for a special someone

Overview

Three years before he became a household name in Hollywood with 1997's L.A. Confidential, Russell Crowe starred in this Australian drama, the directorial debuts of Geoff Burton and Kevin Dowling. Crowe plays Jeff Mitchell, a young gay man and the son of widower Harry Mitchell (Jack Thompson). The two live together while they both search for a special someone with whom to spend their lives. And while Harry is more than comfortable with Jeff's sexuality, his new lady friend isn't, leading to tension and a personal struggle for Harry. Based on the play by screenwriter David Stevens, The Sum of Us was the 1994 recipient of the Austalian Film Institute's Best Adapted Screenplay award.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Laura Abraham
Films that explore the familial relationship are common in Hollywood. These movies tend to be formulaic in nature and many times lack the imagination or depth to be anything more than caricatures of a family. In the 1995 Australian film The Sum of Us, nothing is formulaic. The story centers on a father-son duo, of which the son is gay. The Sum of Us is a refreshing, if not over-the-top example of what a family without prejudice looks like. This is a motion picture that has a joke every few moments; however, it never seems affected or unreal. Although many relationships between fathers and their gay sons do not resemble the one in this movie, the easy connection between the actors brings a genuine tangibility to the screen. Russell Crowe (of the more testosterone-influenced film Gladiator) shows great depth here portraying not just a gay man but a man whose outward appearance really hides a shy, sensitive soul. Jack Thompson as Jack's father, Harry Mitchell, is such a funny, refreshing actor that one can not help but love Harry even as he takes the role of loyal dad to unnerving levels. The Sum of Us is a delightful look at relationships as well as a refreshing look at the power of films. When a filmmaker steers off the path Hollywood wholeheartedly embraces, sometimes you end up with a gem of a film. The Sum of Us is this type of film, showing what art can be when an artist embraces feelings over formula, as directors Geoff Burton and Kevin Dowling did here.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2016
UPC:
0887090121415
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
12,231

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Thompson Harry Mitchell
Russell Crowe Jeff Mitchell
John Polson Greg
Deborah Kennedy Joyce Johnson
Joss Moroney Young Jeff
Mitch Mathews Gran
Julie Herbert Mary
Rebekah Elmaloglou Jenny
Jan Adele Barmaid
Bob Baines Greg's Father
Paul Freeman George
Stuart Campbell Leather Man
Elaine Lee Woman on Train
Ross Anderson Gardener
Michael Burgess Foreman

Technical Credits
Geoff Burton Director,Cinematographer
Kevin Dowling Director,Producer
Rod Allan Producer
Carolynne Cunningham Asst. Director
Dave Faulkner Score Composer
Corky Kessler Producer
Faith Martin Casting
Hal McElroy Executive Producer
Donald Scatena Producer
David Stevens Screenwriter
Errol Sullivan Executive Producer
Frans Vandenburg Editor
Graham "Grace" Walker Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Sum of Us
1. Chapter 1 [11:14]
2. Chapter 2 [10:41]
3. Chapter 3 [14:10]
4. Chapter 4 [9:43]
5. Chapter 5 [11:40]
6. Chapter 6 [14:21]
7. Chapter 7 [14:15]
8. Chapter 8 [13:31]
9. Chapter 9 [:11]

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Too bad that Russell Crowe has become such a fool. So many of his movies are excellent, including this one. Crowe plays a young gay man and Thompson is his dad. The terrific basis of this movie is the love between father and son. In this unusual relationship, this dad truly loves his son, accepts and involves himself in his son's "gay" life. Crowe also loves his dad but wishes he wouldn't interfere in his love life. Both men are lonely and each sets out to have a meaningful love relationship. There are a couple of twists "of course" to make this also a drama. The Sum of Us is truly a GEM. If you are in any way homophobic you won't be able to stand it because Russell Crowe is GAY and there are a couple of gay adult situations. But, If you want to see a movie that makes you smile, cry, then smile again, this one's for you. It's about love, caring, and devotion between father and son.