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The Bachelor

November 5th, 1999

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Still of Chris O'Donnell in The BachelorStill of Edward Asner in The BachelorChris O'Donnell at event of The BachelorStill of Renée Zellweger in The BachelorStill of Chris O'Donnell in The BachelorStill of James Cromwell in The Bachelor

A committment-phobic man goes in search of a bride including his fed up girlfriend, to inherit his grandfather's $100 million inheritance.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 4.8/10 (10,409 voted)

Critic's Score: 31/100

Director: Gary Sinyor

Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Renée Zellweger, Artie Lange

Jimmie is seeing his single friends get married one by one. He isn't too worried until his girlfriend Anne catches the bouquet at his friend Marco's wedding. Suddenly, his wild mustang days are numbered. He finally decides to propose to her, but he sticks his foot in his mouth and botches the proposal. Being insulted by the defeatist proposal, Anne leaves town on an assignment. After she's gone, he finds out that his recently-deceased grandfather's will stipulates that he gets nothing of a multi-million dollar fortune unless he's married by 6:05pm on his 30th birthday: tomorrow! Not being able to find Anne, Jimmie begins backtracking through his past girlfriends to find a wife.

Writers: Roi Cooper Megrue, Jean C. Havez

Chris O'Donnell - Jimmie Shannon
Renée Zellweger - Anne Arden
Artie Lange - Marco
Edward Asner - Sid Gluckman
Hal Holbrook - Roy O'Dell
James Cromwell - The Priest
Marley Shelton - Natalie Arden
Peter Ustinov - Grandad James Shannon
Katharine Towne - Monique
Rebecca Cross - Stacey
Stacy Edwards - Zoe
Mariah Carey - Ilana
Sarah Silverman - Carolyn
Jennifer Esposito - Daphne
Brooke Shields - Buckley Hale-Windsor

Taglines: One thousand brides. One hundred million dollars. Jimmie Shannon is about to discover the true value of love.


Official Website: Metropolitan Filmexport (France) | New Line Cinema |

Release Date: 5 November 1999

Filming Locations: Cook Ranch, Galisteo, New Mexico, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $7,480,288 (USA) (7 November 1999) (2522 Screens)

Gross: $21,731,001 (USA) (20 February 2000)

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Did You Know?

One of the brides mentions that she "went to Princeton where Brooke Shields went". Brooke Shields plays Buckley in the movie.

Errors in geography: Scenes depicting the San Francisco Train station were clearly shot at Union Station in Los Angeles.

Jimmie: Just give me the damn symbolic vaginas.
Marco: You are sick!

User Review



Why, oh, why do they try and remake Buster Keaton's movies, he was such a master of his craft that it is near impossible to make anything near as good as his original movies. Saying that, even if I hadn't seen 'Seven Chances' before seeing this I'd still have the same opinion, Chris O'Donnell had the potential to be a star, but, he has the inability to know a good script and this is a classic example. None of the characters are particularly endearing, Arte Lange is plain annoying and seeing Ed Asner and Hal Holbrooke was saddening. Rene Zellwegger is as usual very good, which is about the only positive thing in this sorry excuse of a movie.

Major plothole, how come all the brides turn up at the church in full, perfectly fitting bridal regalia on only a few hours notice? Are we supposed to believe that all women have a perfect wedding outfit in their wardrobe 'just in case'? And amazingly, the wedding dress found for Anne fits like a dream, an amazing coincidence or what!! At least in Keaton's version the 'brides' are in their normal clothing with just cobbled together veils to distinguish them as brides, far more convincing.

My advice, hunt down a copy of the original 'Seven Chances', there is no comparison. Note to reviewer Matt Doolittle, BusterKeaton was an amazing man, but, even he couldn't direct a film 33 years after his death.

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