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Passion Fish (1992)

R | | Drama | 11 December 1992 (USA)
After an accident leaves her a paraplegic, a former soap opera star struggles to recover both emotionally and mentally, until she meets her newest nurse, who has struggles of her own.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rhonda / Dawn
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Nurse Quick
Will Mahoney ...
Max
Nelle Stokes ...
Therapist #1
Brett Ardoin ...
Therapist #2
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Dr. Kline
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Therapist #3
Chuck Cain ...
Attendant
Shana Ledet Qualls ...
Fan #1
Paula Lafleur ...
Fan #2
Maggie Renzi ...
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Victoria Edwards ...
Jessica
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Perky
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Storyline

May-Alice Culhane was a successful soap opera star, but a car accident has left her bound to a wheelchair. She returns to her now-empty family home in the bayous of Louisiana which she had eagerly left years before. She drinks heavily and vents her bitterness on the succession of nurses who are hired to take care of her and immediately quit because she is so unbearable. Chantelle is the latest of these nurses, and May-Alice is told that Chantelle is the last nurse she'll get. Chantelle for reasons of her own, is also in a position where she badly needs the job to work out. The movie focuses on how these two women become friends and help each other heal emotionally. Written by Reid Gagle

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11 December 1992 (USA)  »

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The Louisiana Project  »

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Budget:

$3,330,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,414,619
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According to The New York Times, the film's "Passion Fish" title "refers to a Cajun superstition about finding love". See more »

Goofs

Rennie's bass turned into a catfish when he opened it up for the passion fish. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Scarlet: [seeing herself in the soap opera] It felt so strange. All I remember is that I wasn't happy. Was I?
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Poor Man Two Step
Written by John Delafose
Happy Valley Music, Inc./BMI
Performed by John Delafose and The Eunice Playboys
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26 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

I love this movie as much today as I did when I first viewed it. The performances by the actors were wonderful, the soundtrack is really fantastic, and John Sayles' script was funny and thought provoking. I loved the whole May Alice-Rennie angle, the May Alice-Chantelle, and the Chantelle-Sugar story lines, all woven together masterfully. One of the things I love best about John Sayles' movies is his ability to add supporting characters in such a fun and useful way. And he chooses REAL actors for those parts (note Angela Bassett). I thought he really captured the feel of bayou land, LA. and friction? boy! was there ever friction!


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