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Passion Fish ()


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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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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations.
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May-Alice Culhane
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Rhonda / Dawn
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Nurse Quick
Will Mahoney ...
Max
Nelle Stokes ...
Therapist #1
Brett Ardoin ...
Therapist #2
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Dr. Kline
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Therapist #3
Chuck Cain ...
Attendant
Shana Ledet Qualls ...
Fan #1
Paula Lafleur ...
Fan #2
Maggie Renzi ...
Louise
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Drushka
Victoria Edwards ...
Jessica
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Perky
Elaine West ...
Phoebe
Linda Castle ...
Lawanda
Leigh Harris ...
Kit
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Chantelle
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Sugar LeDoux
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Rennie
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Reeves
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Precious
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Ti-Marie
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Luther
Jennifer Gardner ...
Albertine
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Kim
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Nina
Shauntisa Willis ...
Denita
John Henry Redwood ...
Dr. Blades
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Redwood Vance
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Doctor in Soap (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Sayles

Written by

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John Sayles ... (written by)

Produced by

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Sarah Green ... producer
Maggie Renzi ... producer
John Sloss ... executive producer

Music by

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Mason Daring

Cinematography by

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Roger Deakins

Film Editing by

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John Sayles

Editorial Department

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Janice Keuhnelian ... associate editor
Plummy Tucker ... assistant editor
Elizabeth Wagley ... post-production intern
Ann-Rose Weiss ... post-production intern
John Dowdell ... colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Barbara Shapiro ... (as Barbara Hewson Shapiro)

Production Design by

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Dan Bishop
Dianna Freas

Costume Design by

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Cynthia Flynt

Makeup Department

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Michal Bigger ... makeup artist
JoAnn Stafford-Chaney ... hair designer

Production Management

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Martha Griffin ... unit manager
Georgia Kacandes ... production manager
Alexandra White ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Steve Apicella ... first assistant director
Marta Rangel Gibbons ... assistant director intern
Annie Maver ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Bill Ballou ... construction coordinator
Beth Bernstein ... art department coordinator
Jamie Bishop ... on-set dresser
Diana Burton ... second props
Jeff Butcher ... property master
Brian Cross ... lead carpenter
Daniel Fisher ... lead person
Janet Kalas ... charge scenic
Elizabeth Linn ... scenic painter
David Luke McGee ... set dresser
Ric Moriarty ... art production assistant
Mark Ricker ... third props
Dan Smiley ... set dresser
Yevette Ward ... scenic painter
Glenn B. Wilson ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Gina Alfano ... assistant sound editor (as Gina R. Alfano)
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Bill J. DiDonna ... boom operator (as Bill DiDonna)
Chris Fielder ... assistant sound editor
Eugene Gearty ... sound effects editor
Robert Hein ... dialogue editor (as Bob Hein)
Frank Kern ... foley editor
Stuart Levy ... foley engineer
Skip Lievsay ... sound effects editor
Glenfield Payne ... apprentice sound editor
Philip Stockton ... supervising sound editor
John Sutton ... sound mixer
Mel Zelniker ... re-recording mixer
Wendy Hedin ... sound editor (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Greg Addison ... electrician
Alex Applefeld ... video assist operator
Robin Brown ... first assistant camera
Patrick Cady ... camera intern
James A. Earley ... company grip (as Jim Earley)
Bruce Hamme ... dolly grip
Jenny Kane ... company grip
Steve Lang ... company grip
Mark E. Long ... company grip (as Mark Long)
Bob Marshak ... still photographer
Patrick McAllister ... generator operator
Robin Melhuish ... second assistant camera
William Moore ... best boy electric (as Bill Moore)
Bill O'Leary ... gaffer
Daniel Pershing ... best boy grip (as Dan Pershing)
Tim Pershing ... key grip
Michael L. Smith ... company grip
Will Stebbins ... electric intern
Rick Whitfield ... video playback operator
Michael A. McFadden ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Miriam Fontenot ... location casting
Karen Lecorgne ... extras casting / location casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Michelle Custance ... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Elizabeth Feldbauer ... wardrobe supervisor
Kathleen Mobley ... assistant costume designer
Michelle M. Pershing ... set costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Deborah Parker ... location manager

Music Department

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Mason Daring ... musician
Michael Golub ... music mixer
Duke Levine ... musician
James MacDonell ... musician
Stuart Schulman ... musician
Leanne Ungar ... live music engineer

Transportation Department

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Rocky L. Blanchard ... driver
Billy W. Cormier ... driver
Tutt Esquerre ... picture car coordinator
Bart Heimburger ... transportation coordinator (as James 'Bart' Heimburger)
William Roy Herbert ... driver
Matthew Salvato ... transportation captain
Fred Steagall ... driver
Carl J. Vincent ... driver

Other crew

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Polly Bonin ... office production assistant
Beth Boyd ... production office coordinator (as Beth A. Boyd)
Blair Breard ... unit intern
Kathleen Broyles ... promotions intern
Mary Lee Copeland ... assistant production coordinator
Harvey Crader ... animal wrangler
Karen Eisenstadt ... production auditor
Jan Foster ... production consultant
Lida Burris Gibson ... assistant production coordinator
Jane Goldsmith ... script supervisor
Galia Hardy ... runner intern
Suzy Heck ... animal wrangler
Tammy High ... assistant auditor
Katherine Jolivette ... stand-in
Julie Kuehndorf ... unit publicist
Fred Mandel ... set production assistant
Bob Marshak ... photo effects
Matt McKnight ... office production assistant
Denise Perrin ... set production assistant
James Provost ... animal wrangler
Helen Renzi ... tutor
Ralph Renzi ... craft service
Jean-Louis Rodrigue ... movement coach: Mary McDonnell
Jonathan Starch ... production consultant
Sten Stenson ... craft service
Nelle Stokes ... stand-in
Beverly Taylor ... stand-in
Sonya Touchet ... office production assistant
Sheila Waldron ... key production assistant
Michael Riley ... title designer (uncredited)

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Larry Estes ... very special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • The Louisiana Project (United States)
  • Το ψάρι του πάθους (Greece)
  • Taikalampi (Finland)
  • Риба на страстта (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Passion d'amour (Canada, French title)
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Runtime
  • 135 min
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Budget $3,330,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The "Passion Fish" myth that Rennie tells appears nowhere in Louisiana lore and is completely a creation of director John Sayles. See more »
Goofs Rennie's bass turned into a catfish when he opened it up for the passion fish. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A Few Good Men/The Muppet Christmas Carol/Leap of Faith/Passion Fish (1992). See more »
Soundtracks Attack Of The Mutant Guitars See more »
Quotes Nina: (discussing a line of dialogue she gave in an earlier movie) I didn't ask for the anal probe.
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