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Only the Lonely Details


Writer-director Chris Columbus mines Paddy Chaveysky's Chris Columbus for this bittersweet comedy about a lonely 38-year old Chicago cop dominated by his harridan mother. Danny Muldoon (John Candy), in spite of being well known and well liked in his neighborhood, still lives at home with his mother Rose (Maureen O'Hara, returning to the screen after a twenty year absence) and spends most of his time worrying about her. One night at the local Irish bar, he meets the shy Theresa Luna (Ally Sheedy), whose father is the local funeral director, and both Danny and Theresa immediately fall in love. The only obstacle to their happiness is the jaded opinions of Danny's friends. Rose, in particular, launches into a bigoted Italian salvo that intimidates Danny, making it difficult for him to continue the relationship. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:May 31, 1991


John Candy
as Danny Muldoon
Maureen O'Hara
as Rose Muldoon
Ally Sheedy
as Theresa Luna
Kevin Dunn
as Patrick
Milo O'Shea
as Doyle
Anthony Quinn
as Nick Acropolis
Bert Remsen
as Spats
James Belushi
as Sal Buonarte
Joe V. Greco
as Johnny Luna
Marvin J. McIntyre
as Father Strapovic
Macaulay Culkin
as Billy
Rick LeFevour
as Hoodlum
Les Podewell
as Jack
Clarke P.Devereux
as News Vendor
Martin Fisher
as Chess Player
Mahlon Sharp
as Tommy Bones
Ed Meekin
as Carriage Driver
John M. Watson, Sr.
as Leo
Allen Hamilton
as O'Neal
Sandra Macat
as Stewardess
John Davis Chandler
as Tyrone
Brittany Radcliffe
as Witch
Teri McEvoy
as Susan
Dick Sollenberger
as Suit Salesman
Kieran Culkin
as Patrick Jr
Bernie Landis
as Larry
Jesse J. Donnelly
as Policeman
James Deuter
as Waiter
Porscha Radcliffe
as Bum
Michael Nash
as Crazed Prisoner
James "Ike" Eichling
as Cop


Chris Columbus
Hunt Lowry
John Hughes
Chris Columbus
Julio Macat
Maurice Jarre
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Teschner
Raja Gosnell
John Muto
Production Designer
Dan Webster
Art Director
Mark A. Radcliffe
Tarquin Gotch
Executive Producer
Gary Baugh
Set Designer
Bill Arnold
Set Designer
Mary Vogt
Costume Designer
Rodger Jacobs