One Night at McCool's

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One Night at McCool's
One night at mccools.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHarald Zwart
Produced byMichael Douglas
Allison Lyon Segan
Written byStan Seidel
StarringLiv Tyler
Matt Dillon
Paul Reiser
John Goodman
Michael Douglas
Andrew Silverstein
Reba McEntire
Music byMarc Shaiman
CinematographyKarl Walter Lindenlaub
Edited byBruce Cannon
October Films
As a Furthur Films
Distributed byUSA Films
Release date
  • April 27, 2001 (2001-04-27)
Running time
92 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$18 million[2]
Box office$13.5 million[2]

One Night at McCool's is a 2001 American dark comedy film written by Stan Seidel, directed by Harald Zwart, and starring Liv Tyler, Matt Dillon, Paul Reiser, John Goodman, Michael Douglas, Andrew Silverstein and Reba McEntire.


The majority of the film consists of Randy, Carl, and Dehling reciting their separate lovesick accounts of their experiences with Jewel, each narrating over what they consider to be the real version of the recent events. Scenes are often re-enacted twice, with different accounts contradicting each other for comedic effect. For example, when Dehling is narrating, he acts as if he were a completely fair, by-the-book police officer, and Randy is painted as a slimy, macho, abusive thug. When Randy is telling the story, he is the innocent victim and Dehling is shown as a suspicious, prying, hard-nosed cop; Carl is convinced that every woman is in love with him, and during his version of the tale, everyone acts accordingly.



Writer Stan Seidel, who died prior to the film's release, drew much of the film's material from Randy Dana's days as a bartender at Humphrey's Restaurant & Tavern, a college bar located in the midst of St. Louis University.

Home Video[edit]

The film was released on VHS and DVD on October 9, 2001 by USA Home Entertainment.[3][4]


The film garnered mixed to negative reviews (Rotten Tomatoes rated it at 33%[5]), with Roger Ebert saying that the film "is so busy with its crosscut structure and its interlocking stories that it never really gives us anyone to identify with" but that "it has a lot of fun being a near miss."[6] The film was a Box office bomb, grossing $ 13.5 million on a budget of $ 18 million.


  1. ^ "ONE NIGHT AT MCCOOL'S (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 2001-03-08. Retrieved 2013-06-15.
  2. ^ a b One Night at McCool's at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ Wolf, Jessica (September 7, 2001). "USA Gets 'Cool' With VHS Special Features on Oct. 9". Archived from the original on November 1, 2001. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Announcements". Archived from the original on September 8, 2001. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  5. ^ One Night at McCool's at Rotten Tomatoes
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger (2001-04-27). "One Night At McCool's". Retrieved 2007-08-09.

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