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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.

Director:

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 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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Drama

Certificate:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

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". 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

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.13 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

La Danse De Mardi Gras
Trad/Arranged by Mason Daring
Daring Music/ASCAP
Performed by Stuart Schulman
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26 October 1999 | by yamapajama-2See all my reviews

I love this movie as much today as I did when I first viewed it. The performances by the actors were wonderful, the soundtrack is really fantastic, and John Sayles' script was funny and thought provoking. I loved the whole May Alice-Rennie angle, the May Alice-Chantelle, and the Chantelle-Sugar story lines, all woven together masterfully. One of the things I love best about John Sayles' movies is his ability to add supporting characters in such a fun and useful way. And he chooses REAL actors for those parts (note Angela Bassett). I thought he really captured the feel of bayou land, LA. and friction? boy! was there ever friction!


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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,385, 13 December 1992

Gross USA:

$4,814,619

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,814,619
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Atchafalaya See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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