Three Irish-Catholic brothers living in Long Island--a "serious" Catholic worried about his relationship with a Jewish woman, a steadfast husband having an affair, and a commitment-phobe being pressured by a girlfriend--talk over their romantic entanglements. The 27-year-old writer-director-producer-star, Ed Burns, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for this debut.
Elizabeth P. McKay - Actress/"Brothers..."
Edward Burns - Director/Writer/Actor, THE BROTHERS McMULLEN
Ed Burns - Director/Writer/Actor, THE BROTHERS McMULLEN
Ted Hope - Producer
Shari Albert - Actress/Brothers Mcmullen
Jack Mulcahy - Actor/"Brothers Mcmullen"
Connie Britton - Actress/"Brothers..."
Maxine Bahns - Actress/"Brothers..."
Jennifer Jostyn - Actress/"Omega Cop"
Mike McGlone - Star, BAD CITY (2006)
Two main issues are complicating the lives of the Irish, Long Island-based, working-class McMullen brothers: Catholicism and women. Jack is the married oldest brother who's cheating on his perfect wife. Barry is the relationship-wary middle brother who, to his surprise and dismay, is finally falling in love. But Patrick, the most religious brother, ironically is the one who must deal with issues of premarital sex and abortion--a situation that leaves him consumed with guilt. Fortunately for the siblings, however, they're all temporarily living under the same roof, where they can discuss their problems and philosophies--and help each other make it through this troubled time.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Independent Spirit Award winner for best first feature. Director Edward Burns shot the film on a shoestring budget--on weekends--over a period of eight months. He used his own family's home as the main set. Initially released on 7 screens in the USA on August 4, 1995. The film had an opening weekend box office gross of $60,276. Color by DuArt. A Marlboro Road Gang Productions presentation, in conjunction with Videography Productions and The Brothers McMullen Prods. Additional credit: Kenny Gronningsater (steadicam operator). Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
"...Ardent, affecting and wonderfully funny..." - 08/24/1995 Rolling Stone, p.110
"...Passionately filmed..." -- 3 out of 4 stars - 08/09/1995 USA Today, p.5D
"...Sweet, sometimes funny....[Burns is a] bright, smart, lucky filmmaker..." - 08/18/1995 Entertainment Weekly, p.34
"...Quietly fascinating....The movie brings into focus how rare religion and spirituality are in American films..." - 08/18/1995 Chicago Sun-Times, p.39
"Straight-talking, romantic yet unsentimental, it's the kind of comedy we wish Woody Allen still made. - 08/01/2004 Uncut, p.136