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So I Married an Axe Murderer

Theatrical poster
Directed by Thomas Schlamme
Produced by Robert N. Fried
Cary Woods
Written by Robbie Fox
Starring Mike Myers
Nancy Travis
Alan Arkin
Anthony LaPaglia
Amanda Plummer
Brenda Fricker
Music by Bruce Broughton
Cinematography Julio Macat
Editing by Colleen Halsey
Richard Halsey
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) Flag of the United States July 30, 1993
Running time 93 minutes
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $20,000,000
Gross revenue Flag of the United States $11,585,483
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

So I Married an Axe Murderer is a 1993 film starring Mike Myers and Nancy Travis. Myers plays Charlie McKenzie, a man afraid of commitment until he meets Harriet (Travis), who works at a butcher shop and may be a serial killer. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Thomas Schlamme (born May 22, 1950) is one of the leading directors of television. ... This article is about the actor. ... Nancy Travis Nancy Travis (born September 21, 1961 in New York City, New York, USA) is a Jewish-American actress best known for supporting roles in both movies and television. ... Alan Wolf Arkin (born March 26, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American actor and director. ... Anthony LaPaglia (born 31 January 1959) (pronounced IPA: ) is an Australian actor, best known for his role as FBI agent Jack Malone on the American TV series Without a Trace, a role which won him a Golden Globe Award. ... Amanda Michael Plummer (born March 23, 1957 in New York, New York) is an Emmy and Tony Award-winning American actress. ... Brenda Fricker (born February 17, 1945 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Academy Award-winning Irish actress. ... Bruce Broughton (born March 8, 1945 in Los Angeles, California) is a film, video game, and television soundtrack composer who has composed several highly acclaimed soundtracks over his extensive career, including Homeward Bound and Silverado, as well as the video game Heart of Darkness (game). ... The TriStar Pictures logo from 1993 to the present TriStar redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... USD redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... USD redirects here. ... The year 1993 in film involved many significant films. ... This article is about the actor. ... Nancy Travis Nancy Travis (born September 21, 1961 in New York City, New York, USA) is a Jewish-American actress best known for supporting roles in both movies and television. ...


This was Myers's first film after achieving success in the Wayne's World franchise and was not well received by most mainstream critics or at the box office, grossing a total of $11 million domestically. It has since managed to earn somewhat of a cult following on video, with many of its lines and strong Scottish dialects repeated by then-current as well as future fans of Myers's work. Mike Myers's role of Charlie Mackenzie in particular, is considered to be a precursor to both Shrek and Fat Bastard, all similarly loud-mouthed and short-tempered characters with heavy Scottish accents. Waynes World is a 1992 comedy film starring Mike Myers as Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar, hosts of a cable access television show (called Waynes World) from Aurora, Illinois. ... This article does not discuss cultist groups, personality cults, or cult in its original sense of religious practice. See cult (disambiguation) for more meanings of the term cult. A cult following is a group of fans devoted to a specific area of pop culture. ... The Scottish language may refer to: Scots - A series of Germanic dialects used in lowland Scotland. ... For other uses, see Shrek (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Contents

Plot

Charlie McKenzie (Myers) is a beat poet with Scottish roots and a fear of making a big commitment like marriage. He even proceeds to create outlandish reasons to break up his relationships ("She smelled like soup,", "she was in the mafia" or "she stole my cat" are some of the memorable reasons). This all changes when Charlie meets Harriet (Travis), a butcher whose first date with Charlie has him assisting Harriet on a busy day at her store. This is significant to Charlie, as it allows him to temporarily work the same job as his Scottish father (also played by Myers). Eventually, Charlie continues to date and ultimately gets engaged to Harriet. However, upon learning from several sketchy, ambiguous sources (namely the tabloid rag, The Weekly World News) that Harriet could indeed be a killer on the loose, famous for butchering her husbands on the night of their honeymoon, Charlie wonders if he has made a grave mistake. The term beat generation was introduced by Jack Kerouac in approximately 1948 to describe his social circle to the novelist John Clellon Holmes (who published an early novel about the beat generation, titled Go, in 1952, along with a manifesto of sorts in the New York Times Magazine: This is... This article is about the criminal society. ... A honeymoon is the traditional trip taken by newlyweds to celebrate their marriage with seclusion and sexual intimacy. ...


Cast and characters

Actor/Actress Role
Nancy Travis Harriet Michaels
Mike Myers Charlie/Stuart Mackenzie
Anthony LaPaglia Tony Giardino
Amanda Plummer Rose Michaels
Brenda Fricker May Mackenzie
Matt Doherty Heed (Willie Mackenzie)
Charles Grodin Commandeered Driver
Phil Hartman John "Vicky" Johnson, Alcatraz Guide
Debi Mazar Susan, Tony's Girlfriend
Steven Wright Pilot

Nancy Travis Nancy Travis (born September 21, 1961 in New York City, New York, USA) is a Jewish-American actress best known for supporting roles in both movies and television. ... This article is about the actor. ... Anthony LaPaglia (born 31 January 1959) (pronounced IPA: ) is an Australian actor, best known for his role as FBI agent Jack Malone on the American TV series Without a Trace, a role which won him a Golden Globe Award. ... Amanda Michael Plummer (born March 23, 1957 in New York, New York) is an Emmy and Tony Award-winning American actress. ... Brenda Fricker (born February 17, 1945 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Academy Award-winning Irish actress. ... Grodin on The Charles Grodin Show Charles Grodin (born April 21, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American actor and former cable talk show host. ... Phil Hartman (born as Philip Edward Hartmann) (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-United States Emmy Award-winning writer as well as an actor, voice artist, comedian and graphic artist. ... Debi Mazar, on cover of Deborah Mazar (born August 15, 1964 in Queens, New York), better known as Debi Mazar, is an American actress, best known for her trademark Jersey Girl-type appearances, and as edgy, sharp-tongued women in independent films. ... f u ...

Production

The film was inspired by the experiences of producer Robert N. Fried, and writer Robbie Fox. The script was developed while Fried was an executive at Columbia Pictures. Fox was a popular, young comedy writer/director who had written and directed a short film for Chanticleer Film's Discovery Program that caught Fried's attention. (Myers contributed extensively to the script, but his name was omitted from the final credits because of Writers Guild of America rules.) The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries in the United States. ...


Casting

Rounding out the main cast are Anthony LaPaglia (Charlie's best friend, who works as a San Francisco police officer), Brenda Fricker (playing Charlie's mother, Mae), and Myers himself in a dual role also as the main character's Scottish father, Stuart. Myers' portrayal of the Scottish father was derived from a Saturday Night Live sketch, and would later reemerge in the animated character, Shrek. Anthony LaPaglia (born 31 January 1959) (pronounced IPA: ) is an Australian actor, best known for his role as FBI agent Jack Malone on the American TV series Without a Trace, a role which won him a Golden Globe Award. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Brenda Fricker (born February 17, 1945 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Academy Award-winning Irish actress. ... This article is about the country. ... This article is about the American television series. ... For other uses, see Shrek (disambiguation). ...


Mike Myers was not originally set to play his character's father. He simply read the part during early script-reads and rehearsals because an actor had not yet been cast, but the filmmakers enjoyed his interpretation, so they decided to have him play both parts. Myers based his performance on the mannerisms of his own father.


The movie also features cameos by Charles Grodin, Phil Hartman, Michael Richards, Mike Hagarty, Debi Mazar, and Steven Wright. Alan Arkin appears in an uncredited role as Tony's sensitive boss. Grodin on The Charles Grodin Show Charles Grodin (born April 21, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American actor and former cable talk show host. ... Phil Hartman (born as Philip Edward Hartmann) (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-United States Emmy Award-winning writer as well as an actor, voice artist, comedian and graphic artist. ... For other persons named Michael Richards, see Michael Richards (disambiguation). ... Michael Gerard Hagerty (born May 10, 1954) is an American actor. ... Debi Mazar, on cover of Deborah Mazar (born August 15, 1964 in Queens, New York), better known as Debi Mazar, is an American actress, best known for her trademark Jersey Girl-type appearances, and as edgy, sharp-tongued women in independent films. ... f u ... Alan Wolf Arkin (born March 26, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American actor and director. ...


Locations

Set in San Francisco, California, the film features many famous sights and neighborhoods of the Golden State metropolis, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts and Alcatraz. The restaurant where Myers and Travis double date with LaPaglia and Debi Mazar is the Fog City Diner. The exterior shot for the coffee shop where Myers recites his beat poetry is the bar Vesuvio, at Columbus Avenue and Jack Kerouac Alley. The butcher shop used for "Meats of the World" was Prudente Meats on Grant Street in the North Beach Section of San Francisco. Prior to being Prudente Meats, it was known as Jacobi Meats, the oldest Kosher butcher in the city. Today, the building houses an art gallery. The film's sets were actually constructed on warehouses in San Francisco. The final scenes are set at Dunsmuir House. San Francisco redirects here. ... The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening into the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. ... // The Palace of Fine Arts: 2004 For the opera house in Mexico City, see Palacio de Bellas Artes The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California is a building originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. ... Alcatraz Island is located in the middle of San Francisco Bay in California. ... Debi Mazar, on cover of Deborah Mazar (born August 15, 1964 in Queens, New York), better known as Debi Mazar, is an American actress, best known for her trademark Jersey Girl-type appearances, and as edgy, sharp-tongued women in independent films. ... The diner at dusk The interior The Fog City Diner is a San Francisco, California landmark. ... Jack Kerouac (pronounced ) (March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist, writer, poet, and artist. ... Built in the Neoclassical-Revival architectural style and located in Oakland, California, the 50 acre Dunsmuir House and Gardens Historic Estate is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. ...


Soundtrack

So I Married an Axe Murderer (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
So I Married an Axe Murderer (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) cover
Soundtrack by Various artists
Released July 27, 1993
Genre Soundtrack
Length 39:14
Label Columbia Records
Professional reviews

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Track listing

  1. Boo Radleys - "There She Goes" 2:18
  2. Toad the Wet Sprocket - "Brother" 4:04
  3. Soul Asylum - "The Break" 2:46
  4. Chris Whitley - "Starve To Death" 3:14
  5. Big Audio Dynamite II - "Rush" 3:55
  6. Mike Myers - "This Poem Sucks" 2:04
  7. Ned's Atomic Dustbin - "Saturday Night" 3:08
  8. The Darling Buds - "Long Day In The Universe" 4:08
  9. The Spin Doctors - "Two Princes" 4:15
  10. Suede - "My Insatiable One" 2:57
  11. Sun-60 - "Maybe Baby" 3:43
  12. The La's - "There She Goes" 2:42

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Other music in the film

  1. The Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"
  2. Ron Gonnelia - "A Touch of Gaelic"
  3. Nancy Travis - "Only You"

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Reaction

So I Married an Axe Murderer was not well-received at the box office. In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of $3,466,930 in 1,349 theaters and a total of $11,585,483 in North America, well below its $20 million budget.[1] It holds a 52% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. North America North America is a continent [1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Roger Ebert in his review for the Chicago Sun-Times criticized the film for being "a mediocre movie with a good one trapped inside, wildly signaling to be set free."[2] Rolling Stone magazine's review felt that "Juggling mirth, romance and murder requires a deft touch -- think of Hitchcock's Trouble with Harry. Axe is a blunt instrument."[3] Janet Maslin's review in the New York Times said that it came as "a welcome surprise that So I Married an Axe Murderer, which might have been nothing more than a by-the-numbers star vehicle, surrounds Mr. Myers with amusing cameos and gives him a chance to do more than just coast."[4] Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... The Chicago Sun-Times is an American daily newspaper published in Chicago. ... This article is about the music magazine. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (August 13, 1899 â€“ April 29, 1980) was an iconic and highly influential British-born film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ... The Trouble with Harry is an American black comedy film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, which was released on October 3, 1955 in the United States. ... Janet Maslin is a book critic for the daily New York Times. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...


DVD

Region 1 DVD artwork
Region 1 DVD artwork

The DVD was released on June 1, 1999. The artwork for the DVD featured an altered image. Early releases of the poster had Harriet holding an axe behind her back, mirroring Myers holding flowers behind his back. For whatever reason, the axe was then removed, creating a noticeable amount of empty space behind Harriet on both posters and the DVD cover, thus ruining the gag. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ...


References

  1. ^ "So I Married An Axe Murderer", Box Office Mojo, September 26, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-09-26. 
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger. "So I Married An Axe Murderer", Chicago Sun-Times, July 30, 1993. Retrieved on 2007-09-26. 
  3. ^ Travers, Peter. "So I Married An Axe Murderer", Rolling Stone, August 19, 1993. Retrieved on 2007-09-26. 
  4. ^ Maslin, Janet. "Yes, Boy Meets Girl, But This Time the Girl Wields Sharp Objects", New York Times, July 30, 1993. Retrieved on 2007-09-26. 

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