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The MatchMaker (1997)

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Marcy is an assistant to Senator John McGlory, who is having problems with a re-election campaign. Desperate for Irish votes, McGlory's chief of staff Nick sends Marcy to Ireland to trace ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Joffe

Writers:

Greg Dinner (earlier screenplay), Karen Janszen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Janeane Garofalo ... Marcy Tizard
David O'Hara ... Sean Kelly
Milo O'Shea ... Dermot O'Brien
Jay O. Sanders ... Senator John McGlory
Rosaleen Linehan Rosaleen Linehan ... Millie O'Dowd
Paul Hickey ... Declan Kelly
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Sarah Kelly
Saffron Burrows ... Moira Kennedy Kelly
Denis Leary ... Nick
Olivia Caffrey Olivia Caffrey ... Annie
Joan Sheehy Joan Sheehy ... Bus Passenger
Anne Gildea Anne Gildea ... Airport Assistant
Claude Clancy Claude Clancy ... Michael the Bus Driver
James Ryland James Ryland ... Sergeant Riley
David King David King ... Local Lad No. 1
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Marcy is an assistant to Senator John McGlory, who is having problems with a re-election campaign. Desperate for Irish votes, McGlory's chief of staff Nick sends Marcy to Ireland to trace McGlory's relatives or ancestors. Marcy arrives at the village of Ballinagra when it is preparing for an annual Matchmaking Festival. A well-dressed, handsome and single young lady, she becomes the center of attention for two professional matchmakers, Dermot and Millie, as well as for bartender Sean. Written by Anonymous

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For thousands of years in rural Ireland, love has been arranged the old-fashioned way . . . but this time . . . Matchmaking has finally met its match (Video Australia) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Matchmaker See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,378,930, 5 October 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,376,403, 16 November 1997
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the film was shot in Roundstone, a village in Co. Galway, Ireland. See more »

Goofs

Millie O'Dowd tells Marcy that the Japanese girl will be married tomorrow, yet two nights pass before Sean and Marcy drive by her outdoor wedding ceremony in Sean's boat. See more »

Quotes

Tony with the 45 Minute Tan: I'll tell you me favorite color; bollix!
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Crazy Credits

Neat end credits pan diagonally from the lower right to upper left through pictures of the movie. See more »

Connections

References Brigadoon (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

And a Bang On The Ear
Written by Michael Seam
Performed by The Waterboys
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Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match....
22 April 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This sunny comedy, directed with great verve by Mark Joffe, kept reminding me of the whimsical comedy "Local Hero" by Bill Forsyth. The film cashes in the folklore of Ireland as no other film, in recent memory does. "The Matchmaker" will charm, as well as disarm all those viewers looking for a nice time at the movies by immersing in its wonderful spell and taking the trip of discovery to Ireland.

The story relies on all the color of the Emerald Island and its people. Where could there be a matchmaking festival, but if not in Ireland? The local characters live in a magical world. In a way, those people having lived in the area where the film takes place, are richer in traditions than we city folk are. It's a sobering experience for Marcy, the otherwise cynical girl that goes searching for her boss' roots in the old country and ends up being enchanted by what she finds there. It's an experience she will not forget easily.

Jeanane Garofalo is wonderful as Marcy. This actress always projects an intelligent aura into everything she plays in films. Milo O'Shea is always amazing in anything he plays; he is no exception on this film. Mr. O'Shea is simply marvelous. David O'Hara, Paul Hickey, Maria Boyle Kennedy, Saffron Burrows and Denis Leary, among others, do excellent work under Mr. Joffe's direction.


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