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Passion Fish (1992)

R | | Drama | 11 December 1992 (USA)
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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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John Sayles

Writer:

John Sayles
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary McDonnell ... May-Alice Culhane
Angela Bassett ... Rhonda / Dawn
Lenore Banks ... Nurse Quick
Will Mahoney Will Mahoney ... Max
Nelle Stokes Nelle Stokes ... Therapist #1
Brett Ardoin Brett Ardoin ... Therapist #2
Michael Mantell ... Dr. Kline
Daniel Dupont ... Therapist #3
Chuck Cain Chuck Cain ... Attendant
Shana Ledet Qualls Shana Ledet Qualls ... Fan #1
Paula Lafleur Paula Lafleur ... Fan #2
Maggie Renzi Maggie Renzi ... Louise
Marianne Muellerleile ... Drushka
Victoria Edwards Victoria Edwards ... Jessica
Amanda Carlin ... 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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Louisiana Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,330,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,414,619
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Atchafalaya See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of a number of collaborations of John Sayles and David Strathairn. 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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Soundtracks

Bwanas' Garden
Written by James MacDonell and George G. Recile
Produced by George G. Recile
Performed by Loup Garou with John Hart
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A Beautiful Film
16 July 2000 | by hcretharSee all my reviews

John Sayles is a truly brilliant filmmaker. This film combines great story writing with precise interpersonal direction. Both Mary McDonnel and Alfre Woodard deliver characters who develop clearly throughout the story. Mr. Sayles' depiction of Cajun culture as it crosses with Yankee cultures is really quite impressive. Although the screenplay leans towards sentimentality, it never becomes trite as so many interpersonal dramas have a tendency to do. Sayle's scathing commentary on the self-centeredness of mainstream American culture through his depiction of people associated with daytime drama while avoiding any negative commentary on southern culture is refreshing and a pleasure to watch.


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