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Passion Fish (1992) Poster

(1992)

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The "Passion Fish" myth that Rennie tells appears nowhere in Louisiana lore and is completely a creation of director John Sayles.
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Actress Mary McDonnell prepared for her role as the wheelchair-bound May-Alice by attending physical training and hospital sessions with counselors and real paraplegics. She had to do this while she was concurrently filming Sneakers (1992).
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Of Rennie's five children (seen coming out of a grocery store with him when May-Alice and Chantelle drive by), three are the children of the mayor of the small Louisiana town where the movie was shot, another is his niece, and the fifth is the small daughter of one of the movie's makeup artists.
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According to The New York Times, the film's "Passion Fish" title "refers to a Cajun superstition about finding love".
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The movie was filmed during March, April and May 1992.
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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.
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Actors Mary McDonnell and David Strathairn both appeared in Sneakers (1992) which debuted in the same year of 1992.
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John Sayles has described this film as a probe of "what people do when they think they're on one life path and then it gets blown in another direction".
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According to show-business trade paper Variety, the film's 'Passion Fish' "title refers to some tiny fish that [David] Strathairn's character finds in the belly of a large fish he catches".
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The picture was nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for two Golden Globe Awards in 1992, for Best Actress - Drama (Mary McDonnell) and Best Supporting Actress (Alfre Woodard) - but failed to win a Globe in either category.
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John Sayles's first ever Academy Award nomination, for the screenplay.
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One of a number of collaborations of John Sayles and David Strathairn.
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John Sayles performed a number of roles on this picture. Sayles was sole writer, the editor, an actor in an uncredited cameo, and the director.
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This film was just the second John Sayles film to get Oscar nominated as Matewan (1987) had been Academy Award nominated for Best Cinematography.
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The film for John Sayles won the Grand Prix Award at the Flanders International Film Festival in 1993.
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According to John Sayles' official web-site, "this movie has become a favorite in the Cajun country where it was filmed".
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John Sayles: Uncredited, as a Doctor in Soap.
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