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Passion Fish (1992)

 -  Drama  -  11 December 1992 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Rhonda / Dawn
Lenore Banks ...
Nurse Quick
Will Mahoney ...
Max
Nelle Stokes ...
Therapist #1
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Dr. Kline
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Chuck Cain ...
Attendant
Shana Ledet Qualls ...
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Maggie Renzi ...
Louise
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Jessica
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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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$3,330,000 (estimated)

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$5,414,619 (USA)
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The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, for Best Actress (Mary McDonnell) and Best Original Screenplay (John Sayles), but the picture failed to win an Oscar in either category. 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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References RoboCop (1987) See more »

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La Danse De Mardi Gras
Trad/Arranged by Mason Daring
Daring Music/ASCAP
Performed by Stuart Schulman
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A Wonderful Film With Substance

In an era of special effects and media hype, it is rare and refreshing to find a movie where only the passion of the actors and the strength of the script carries the weight. This film about a Hollywood star who needs to accept and transform her former self after a debilitating accident is not for action fans, but will appeal to those who understand that celluloid is often a tool for enlightening those who are willing to think & feel for themselves. Slow-paced doesn't always mean tedious. I was not bored a for minute.


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