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Passion Fish (1992)

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

Actors Mary McDonnell and David Strathairn both appeared in Sneakers (1992) which debuted in the same year of 1992. 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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Connections

References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Bayou Pon Pon
Trad/Arranged by Menard, LeJeune & Smith
Happy Valley Music, Inc./BMI
Performed by D.I. Menard, Eddie LeJeune & Ken Smith
Rounder Records, used by permission
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An intimate and nuanced film
15 February 1999 | by sfboy101See all my reviews

John Sayles gives the viewer a two-second break at the end of every scene in this small, perfectly-acted film. The conversations slow or stop, the action halts, sometimes the screen goes blank. The viewer has a chance to appreciate the scene, think about what just happened, savor the moment. Not every pause happens after something significant -- or was that scene important? Everyone who watches this movie will appreciate something else, I think.

"Passion Fish" is so detailed that there is a wealth of emotional content for the audience. Watch for Alfre Woodard's excitement when she is reunited with her daughter. Was that tiny squeal in her voice just good acting or did we just witness the manifestation of a mother's spontaneous, overwhelming love that happened to take place in front of a rolling camera? And what about the hilarious monologue a soap-opera actress speaks when she related the worst role she ever played, the victim of alien medical experiments in a low-budget sci-fi picture? It has nothing to do with the plot of "Passion Fish," or does it? Maybe it tells of the indignities we all go through to achieve success, love, self-respect.

Can you tell that I really liked this movie?


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