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Passion Fish (1992)

R | | Drama | 11 December 1992 (USA)
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
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Nurse Quick
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Max
Nelle Stokes ...
Therapist #1
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Chuck Cain ...
Attendant
Shana Ledet Qualls ...
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Louise
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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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$3,330,000 (estimated)

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$5,414,619 (USA)
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The film for John Sayles won the Grand Prix Award at the Flanders International Film Festival in 1993. See more »

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

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[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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Referenced in Dog Park (1998) See more »

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Zydeco Queen
Written by Willis Prudhomme
Jon Music, Inc./BMI
Performed by Willis Pridhomme and The Zydeco Brothers
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Kudos to McDonnell, Woodward, and cast
21 August 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film surprised me a lot. I liked it very much. It was well-written, acted, and worth watching Mary McDonnell who received her second Oscar nomination for this performance. Alfre Woodard should be nominated for best supporting actress. I was surprised to find two equally challenging roles for women in an almost extinct era. The relationship between the two women grows slowly. It is nice to see friendship between these two very different characters. May Alice becomes a likable person after awhile. Angela Bassett has a small role as her friend from New York City. David Straitharn plays an old flame who has since married and remain local in the Louisiana swamps of their hometown. It's a great story overall with characters that you grow to like over the time we spend with them.


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