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Dream with the Fishes (1997)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  20 June 1997 (USA)
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Terry is a suicidal voyeur who treats a dying addict to a final binge, but Terry will only do this if he promises to kill him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Terry
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Nick
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Aunt Elise
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Liz
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Don
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Joe, Nick's Father
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Michelle
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Mary
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Sophia
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Pharmacist
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Sheriff
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Funeral Director
Kristina Robbins ...
Terry's Bowling 'Date'
Katherine Copenhaver ...
Nick's Bowling 'Date'
Gary Brickman ...
Drug Dealer
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Storyline

Terry is a suicidal voyeur who doesn't seem to be able to kill himself. While preparing for jumping off a bridge, he meets Nick who ends up saving his life. Terry discovers that Nick is terminally ill and doesn't have much time left. Scared by the lack of time, Nick offers Terry a deal he can't refuse: Terry will become the beneficiary of Nick's life insurance or, since money doesn't matter to Terry, Nick promises to kill him before he dies. All Nick asks is Terry's help to realize a few fantasies before dying. Written by Hugo Lopes

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An oddball odyssey about voyeurism, LSD and nude bowling!

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, some drug content and sexuality | See all certifications »
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20 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baliklar ve rüyalar  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,777 (USA) (20 June 1997)

Gross:

$464,655 (USA) (8 August 1997)
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Quotes

Nick: What does it feel like?
Terry: Nothing, yet.
Nick: No, I mean knowing you're about to die.
Terry: ...Releif.
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Crazy Credits

No dreams or fishes were harmed in the making of this movie. See more »

Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Hell
Written by Tom Maxwell
Performed by Squirrel Nut Zippers
Used by permission of Bug Music
Courtesy of Mammouth Records
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Wild, bittersweet tale of friendship and death
2 May 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I've finally had the chance to watch this lost indie gem, having wanted to do it for almost ten years, since I read a brief review about it on a Brazilian magazine. It was worth the wait, and I wish more people had at least heard about this film.

Finn Taylor (who recently directed the disappointing "The Darwin Awards") co-wrote and directed the bizarre story of Terry (David Arquette), a suicidal voyeur who's saved by Nick (Brad Hunt), a terminally ill man, as he's about to jump off a bridge. Nick offers Terry a weird deal: Terry will help him realize some fantasies before he dies, and in return, Nick will either make Terry the beneficiary of his life insurance, or... he'll kill Terry.

David Arquette is not the comic relief he usually plays, here. His Terry is pathetic, depressed and a little dizzy, but ultimately human and believable. Brad Hunt is a delight to watch as Nick, and it makes you wonder why didn't he become a bigger name. Cathy Moriarty, as Nick's aunt, has one of her best moments since her Oscar nominated début in "Raging Bull" (and I don't even like that performance as much as most people do). The soundtrack is fantastic and eclectic. Even though we've seen similar stories before, the chemistry of Arquette and Hunt and the witty script makes "Dream with the Fishes" quite above the average. 8.5/10.


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