The Sum of Us

The Sum of Us

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

The Sum of Us

The relationship between a gay son and his straight father is chronicled in this Australian drama adapted from David Steven's play. One aspect of the play that remains is the characters' proclivity for reacting to and addressing the audience directly. Harry Mitchell is a widower living in a small house in Sydney with Jeff, his son. Harry has always accepted the fact that his son is openly gay. The sincerity of his acceptance is questioned when Jeff brings a potential lover home for the night. Harry joins them for a nightcap and makes the man feel quite welcome. He chats until the man flees the house. But Harry is not the only one who does this. Jeff accidently does a similar thing when Harry begins to get involved with Joyce, a divorcee he met through a dating service. She is just healing from her broken marriage and is still fragile. She cannot deal with Jeff's sexuality. She leaves. As a result, Harry suffers a stroke. Jeff now spends all his time caring for his dad.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2003
UPC: 0027616878960
Original Release: 1994
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 1:40:00

Special Features

Origional theatrical trailer; English: stereo surround; English, french & spanish language subtitles

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

Side #1 -- The Sum of Us [FS]
1. Main Title/Playiny Footy [:07]
2. Beer for the Cheerful [:11]
3. The Dating Life [4:45]
4. Memories of Gran [4:56]
5. Speedo Junkie [8:51]
6. Meeting Dad [3:11]
7. Pushy Henrietta [4:00]
8. Makes Me Feel Guilty [4:57]
9. The Agonizing Pain of It [5:13]
10. Fun With Joyce & Harry [5:45]
11. The Negotiated Proposal [3:58]
12. A Family Tree [8:00]
13. Wives Past and Future [3:41]
14. Never Ashamed [3:27]
15. Once for Yes, Twice for No [4:35]
16. Greg's Mardi Gras [6:08]
17. The Savvy Shopper [3:27]
18. Nothing Like an Old Fool [4:07]
19. Being Me in the Park [3:43]
20. End Credits [7:33]
Side #2 -- The Sum of Us [WS]
1. Main Title/Playiny Footy [:07]
2. Beer for the Cheerful [:11]
3. The Dating Life [4:45]
4. Memories of Gran [4:56]
5. Speedo Junkie [8:51]
6. Meeting Dad [3:11]
7. Pushy Henrietta [4:00]
8. Makes Me Feel Guilty [4:57]
9. The Agonizing Pain of It [5:13]
10. Fun With Joyce & Harry [5:45]
11. The Negotiated Proposal [3:58]
12. A Family Tree [8:00]
13. Wives Past and Future [3:41]
14. Never Ashamed [3:27]
15. Once for Yes, Twice for No [4:35]
16. Greg's Mardi Gras [6:08]
17. The Savvy Shopper [3:27]
18. Nothing Like an Old Fool [4:07]
19. Being Me in the Park [3:43]
20. End Credits [7:33]

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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.