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The Brothers McMullen (Filmmaker Signature Series) [Blu-ray]

4.1 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

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This angst-filled tale of three Irish-Catholic brothers explores men's relationships with women. Three different situations are set up on parallel plotlines; with each brother facing a different crisis.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jack Mulcahy, Mike McGlone, Edward Burns, Connie Britton, Maxine Bahns
  • Directors: Edward Burns
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008SOSAUC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Inger Watts on November 14, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is a pleasant film about problems concerning love. There are three brothers who run into difficulties that they have to solve. My favourite is the second oldest brother. Barry has seen how his mother had to struggle for years with a man that she did not love. After Barry's father is dead, Barry's mother is finally able to marry the man she has always loved.
Barry's reaction to his mother's fate and also to his own relationship with his father, makes Barry afraid to form a steady relationship with the woman of his dreams.
This film touches important issues like love, committment and religion. There were many funny scenes in this film too, so it was good to sit down and watch it.
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The Brothers McMullen is supposed to be about what it's like having grown up Irish-Catholic in America, which, in the context of this movie, is supposed to be about being sexually repressed. It's an outstanding movie that everyone should see.
The movie is about the relationship of three brothers to the women in their lives and to each other. I must warn you, this is a serious romantic comedy-there's no severed limbs, exploding buildings, or sensational car wrecks. It's a quiet movie with no action. It's also a movie you can watch more than once and still be equally engrossed.
The oldest brother is a high school basketball coach, but, oddly, he's very non-jock like. He's somewhat sensitive and a little thoughtful for crying out loud! And he doesn't drink enough beer for a coach. He is friends with another woman who has the serious hots for him, but he keeps turning her down out of respect for his marriage.
Middle brother was engaged to a Jewish girl, but it broke up due to his own moral and emotional conflicts. Later on, he then picks up an old friendship with the Irish-American girl that grew up next door. She repairs cars in the backyard, drinks beer like the guys and has big hair to remind you she's a girl. I liked her better anyway.
The youngest brother is the most likable. He hasn't been a practicing Catholic since junior high; yet, he considers himself a believer. His charismatic crudeness and way of treating woman remind me of the characters Sean Penn plays, but this guy's got better personality and looks. Both older brothers tell him he drinks too much, but I'd say he drinks just the right amount for his age and station in life!
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Charming, sweet comedy drama about three working class brothers temporarily moving back in together after their hated father’s death -- even though they’re now in their late 20s through early 30. The film has a lot of simple honesty in its explorations of relationship and sex for three once good Catholic boys, now confused about morality – both the church’s and their own - and their struggle to finally grow up.

Made on a shoestring (reportedly $24,000), Burns does a solid job in all of his roles as a triple threat; director, writer and actor. But there are weak spots. Some of the performances are terrific (the young Connie Britton and Burns himself particularly stand out), but the others range from solid but unspectacular, to weak enough to be a little hard to watch. There’s also a pat-ness to some of the writing of key supporting parts that doesn’t live up to the strongest scenes with the lead characters, where Burns blends the honest, complicated comedy and tragedy of day to day life with aplomb.

But if the film doesn’t quite live up to the hype that surrounded it at Sundance 20 years ago, it's still is a better and more human film than almost anything Hollywood can manage these days.
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By A Customer on August 2, 2000
Format: DVD
I am a huge fan of romantic comedies, and I have gone on record as saying that "The Brothers McMullen" is my all time favorite. It is the story of three brothers from Long Island struggling to find meaning in their relationships while also dealing with their Catholic faith. It is written and directed by Edward Burns("Saving Private Ryan") who also plays one of the brothers. He does a fabulous job creating a movie that is insightful and entertaining. It only runs for 96 minutes, but I could have watched the story of the McMullen brothers for at least another hour. The DVD is definately one that will be added to my collection come its release in October. When looking for a sweet, character driven love story, there is nothing better then "The Brothers McMullen."
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I love Ed Burns and I thought this film was good (I do like "She's the One" better) It's about 3 brothers, their lives and the reprocussions of growing up in a Catholic Irish American household in New York city.
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Having worked in the entertainment industry for years I have found that the idea of "story" has become passe and "flash and glam" has replaced the craft of fine moviemaking. This film has resored my faith in the art. I would like to see what the result would be if we were to give the "great" film directors of the modern cinema a couple thousand bucks to shoot a film. Chances are they would fall far short of this first effort by a very talented writer/director/actor. Please sit down, enjoy, and laugh yourself to death.
If you're interested in the filming and scripting of this (and other) Ed Burns films... check out his book "Three Screenplays." It's well worth the read. Oh, and if there are any Irish-Americans out there looking for a film to relate to... this is the one!
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