Only The Lonely (1991)

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  • ONLY THE LONELY


    DIRECTED BY CHRIS COLUMBUS
    MUSIC BY MAURICE JARRE
    HUGHES ENTERTAINMENT
    TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION


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    Information from IMDb


    Plot Summary


    Cop big Danny, falls in love and gets engaged to Theresa.
    Although they sneak around, behind his mother's back,
    he can't help, but worry about her!
    Putting pressure on the ensuing romance.
    Written by ethanedwards


    Full Cast
    John Candy .... Danny Muldoon
    Maureen O'Hara .... Rose Muldoon
    Ally Sheedy .... Theresa Luna
    Kevin Dunn .... Patrick Muldoon
    Milo O'Shea .... Doyle
    Bert Remsen .... Spats
    Anthony Quinn .... Nick Acropolis
    James Belushi .... Sal Buonarte
    Joe Greco .... Johnny Luna
    Marvin J. McIntyre .... Father Strapovic
    Macaulay Culkin .... Billy Muldoon
    Kieran Culkin .... Patrick Muldoon Jr.
    Allen Hamilton .... O'Neal
    Teri McEvoy .... Susan Muldoon
    Bernie Landis .... Larry
    Les Podewell .... Jack
    John Davis Chandler .... Tyrone (as John Chandler)
    Martin Fisher .... Chess Player
    Timothy O'Meara .... Cop
    James 'Ike' Eichling .... Cop
    James Deuter .... Waiter
    John M. Watson Sr. .... Leo
    Dick Sollenberger .... Suit Salesman
    Doyle Devereux .... Tuxedo Salesman
    Clarke Devereux .... Tuxedo Salesman/News Vendor
    Michael W. Nash .... Crazed Prisoner
    Porscha Radcliffe .... Halloween Bum
    Brittany Radcliffe .... Halloween Witch
    Marlon A. Morris .... Cop Friend
    Jesse J. Donnelly .... Policeman
    Sandra Macat .... Stewardess
    Rick Le Fevour .... Hoodlum (as Rick LeFevour)
    Mahlon Sharp .... Tommy Bones
    Tony DeGuide .... Chicago Cop (uncredited)


    Writing Credits
    Chris Columbus (written by)


    Produced
    Tarquin Gotch .... executive producer
    John Hughes .... producer
    Hunt Lowry .... producer
    Mark Radcliffe .... co-producer


    Cinematography
    Julio Macat


    Trivia
    This was Maureen O'Hara's first feature film role since Big Jake 20 years earlier. However, (with the exception of three tv movies) she never acted in another feature film after this.


    The first date picnic at old Comiskey Park was filmed not long after the final baseball game was played there on September 30, 1990. The new Comiskey Park (now known as U.S. Cellular Field) can be seen across the street from the old park in the establishing shot. Demolition of old Comiskey Park began in April of 1991.


    Chris Columbus wrote the script with actress Maureen O'Hara in mind for the role of the mother. Once casting had begun, he insisted on having O'Hara play the role and began a search for her. What he didn't know was that she had long since retired and was living on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Knowing her brother Charles B. Fitzsimons was still in the movie industry, Columbus contacted him and had a script sent. O'Hara's brother then sent the script to her and said, "This you do!" After reading the script herself, Maureen contacted her brother and said, "This I do!"


    Maureen O'Hara refused to sign the movie contract, though she loved the script, until she met co-star John Candy. Fortunately the two of them instantly created a strong rapport and she hastily signed on the dotted line.


    The producers of the film did not include a trailer on location for Maureen O'Hara in their budget. John Candy was furious that the producers were showing someone of her stature such disrespect he gave her his own trailer. The producers finally caved in because they couldn't have Candy, the star of the film, without his own trailer.


    The part of Doyle was originally meant to be played by Roddy McDowall.


    Memorable Quotes



    Filming Locations
    1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, Illinois, USA (as Hotel Roosevelt, lowering the body out the window)
    212 S Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Dianna's restaurant)
    3365 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois, USA (O'Neill's tavern)
    930 W Roscoe St, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Danny's house)
    Amtrack Railroad Station - 598 Dey Street, Niles, Michigan, USA (last scene)
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Clark St & Roscoe St, Chicago, Illinois, USA (opening crane shot under el tracks)
    Comiskey Park I - 324 W. 35th Street, Armour Square, Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Niles, Michigan, USA
    Oak Brook, Illinois, USA
    Omni Ambassador East Hotel - 1301 N. State Parkway, Near North Side, Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Roosevelt Rd & S Wells St, Chicago, Illinois, USA

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

    Edited 5 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Only the Lonely romantic comedy-drama film
    written and directed by Chris Columbus.
    It starred John Candy, Ally Sheedy, Maureen O’Hara and Anthony Quinn.
    The plot is similar to the earlier award-winning film Marty.


    Great Film and lots of fun,
    with the late John Candy, being a great support
    to Maureen, whom he respected.
    Also good performances, from other
    stars of past and present Anthony Quinn,
    James Belushi and Macaulay Culkin



    User Review


    John Candy In His Best Role... More Serious Than Usual
    18 September 2004 | by hokeybutt (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) s

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    Probably John Candy's best role on film... not an all-out comedy laugh-fest as most would expect... it's actually a kind of sweet, sentimental story (somewhat influenced by the classic film/play "Marty" starring Ernest Borgnine) about an aging bachelor cop (Candy), his overbearing mother (Maureen O'Hara, just as sassy on screen as in her heyday) and the plain, young mortician with whom he falls in love (Ally Sheedy). Yeah, right... Ally Sheedy is "a little plain"... just like she was in "Breakfast Club". Why, oh why so they always have to cast these drop-dead gorgeous movie stars as "plain" people. (Michelle Pfeiffer in "Frankie and Johnny"... anyone buy THAT one?) Anyway, Sheedy and Candy do have a sweet chemistry together... the movie is a very NICE movie... there is a little bit of a dramatic subtext that could have been explored a little deeper... but the film chooses to keep the tone light... maybe *too* light. Several scenes of Candy imagining terrible accidents happening to his mother due to his absence seem a little too "cute-sy"... but I guess they didn't want to freak audiences out by getting too realistic.

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

    Edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Being a John Candy fan, I'm not sure how this movie slipped our attention. Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Keith! Now we have more reason to see it, since Maureen O'Hara is in it.


    The price difference between Amazon and Deep Discount DVD is significant on this film, with DDD selling it for $8.99 and Amazon for $17.99 (both offer free shipping, with conditions at Amazon).


    Chester :newyear:

  • This was a great movie. I saw it at a theater when released way back when, and I happen to be in Chicago when the two ball parks were standing side by side.

    It was so good to see Maureen and Anthony together again even it was the last time. They were great together, and have such great chemistry. Maureen has great chemistry with anyone she's with on screen.

    It is one of my favorites and I do have it on VHS & DVD. I almost miss the DVD release when it first came out.

    WHAT A GRAND LADY! :wink_smile:

    Cheers :cool:



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    "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"

    - John Wayne quote

    Edited once, last by Hondo Duke Lane ().

  • Absolute Gem of a movie which deserved more praise than it got.


    Perfect casting with four main character roles Maureen O Hara John Candy Anthony Quinn and Ally Sheedy.


    Catch it when you can.


    Mike



  • ....And it is out on DVD. I have it and it is really good. I was in Chicago when both White Sox stadiums were still standing. I wish I took a picture of it. That would have been a keep sake. Good Movie!!!


    Cheers :cool:



    Quote

    "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"

    - John Wayne quote

  • Being a John Candy fan, I'm not sure how this movie slipped our attention. Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Keith! Now we have more reason to see it, since Maureen O'Hara is in it.


    The price difference between Amazon and Deep Discount DVD is significant on this film, with DDD selling it for $8.99 and Amazon for $17.99 (both offer free shipping, with conditions at Amazon).


    Chester :newyear:


    Well, we took full advantage of the better price on Deep Discount DVD and ordered this film, and watched it for the first time ever. Though our kids have some memories of Maureen O'Hara's characters in John Wayne movies being "grumpy" (they're right), Only the Lonely shows her in a much nastier mode, although she does soften by the end of the movie.


    It's an interesting mix of romantic comedy, along with some very poignant scenes and topics. John Candy was completely capable of playing the romantic leading man, and it is a terrible shame he died so young. It would have been interesting to see where his career might have taken him. Definitely a movie we enjoyed and will watch again.


    Chester :newyear:

  • Jim Belushi was in rare form in this movie. He plays the wise guy so well. His brother John would have been proud. This movie in my opinion has an all star cast, and the story is so good. If I had to recommend a family comedy for all ages, then this is the movie for all to see. The price is right at around $10. But most of all you get to see the lady again, Maureen O'Hara.


    Cheers :cool:



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    "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"

    - John Wayne quote

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    Maureen's role was written especially for her after the director Chris Columbus has seen "The Quiet Man".

    Maureen, who had not turned over many years and was hesitant and after reading the script, agreed. The reception of the cast and crew was very warm and we can say that the film was well received.

    This is the last film made by Maureen for the big screen.

    A small clip

    and Original trailer

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    Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
    French-English translation: poor !!!
    :blush:

    Edited 3 times, last by Romy ().

  • :wink_smile:

    There are already 20 years! .. The last feature film of Maureen


    Here : The actors ... The shooting !

    Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
    French-English translation: poor !!!
    :blush:

    Edited 8 times, last by Romy: Changing the size... ().

  • Romy.....Nice post...Just to make you a little green with envy...I worked Security on that Movie and spent almost 3 weeks at the sets..with Maureen O Hara..John Candy,Anthony Quinn and Ally Sheedy..John Candy was obsessed with taking care of Ms.O'Hara..really liked her.....All exceptionally nice people...already 21 years ago...hard to believe...:holiday_irish:.....Have a good weekend......TJ "The Lawman"

    A Man..should know how to handle a gun..Use it with Discretion...:cowboy:

  • :wink_smile:
    Thank you for these details ... It is true that Chris Columbus wrote the role of Rose for Maureen and the script was perfect. She was therefore in good conditions to work ...
    In her book, she pays tribute to the team who was very friendly with her.
    She was very affected by the death of John Candy....

    Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
    French-English translation: poor !!!
    :blush:

  • Maureen and I were provided out-takes from "Only the Lonely" by Chris Columbus. There are several great scenes that made the cutting room floor; the best is the dance sequence of Anthony Quinn and Maureen where he whirls her around and then does a dip. It's SO cute. Another great scene was Maureen at the grave of her late husband, talking to him. Very dramatic.... fantastic scene.

  • She was in great form at the time...she had just turned 70 and looked terrific ans she was very nice...Candy took great care of her and the story that he gave her his trailer was true...and stopped produtin for like 2 days till that all got straightened out..Anthony Quinn was a real pro and nice man...Belushi's nuts...But he's around Chicago all the time...Candy was nice...quiet...smoked like a fiend...The house he and Ms Ohara "ived" in is about 1/2 block away from the tavern where the scenes were shot..I think it was called O'Neals in the film.Those 2 locations are 3 blocks south of Wrigley Filed....Home of the 1908 National League Champs...and they aint done nothin since....:ohwell:..And yes it was my understanding the script was written with her in mind....Those were the days before cell phones,phone cameras etc..IF only I had taken some pictures !!! Have a good weekend...Out tonite for a Irish
    Viagra....(Bushmills) Ha Ha !! Be well....TJ The Lawman:cowboy:

    A Man..should know how to handle a gun..Use it with Discretion...:cowboy: