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Dream with the Fishes (1997)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 20 June 1997 (USA)
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.

Director:

Finn Taylor

Writers:

Finn Taylor (story), Jeffrey D. Brown (story) (as Jeffrey Brown) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Arquette ... Terry
Brad Hunt ... Nick
Cathy Moriarty ... Aunt Elise
Kathryn Erbe ... Liz
Patrick McGaw ... Don
J.E. Freeman ... Joe, Nick's Father
Timi Prulhiere ... Michelle
Anita Barone ... Mary
Allyce Beasley ... Sophia
Peter Gregory ... Pharmacist
Richmond Arquette ... Sheriff
George Maguire ... Funeral Director
Kristina Robbins Kristina Robbins ... Terry's Bowling 'Date'
Katherine Copenhaver Katherine Copenhaver ... Nick's Bowling 'Date'
Gary Brickman 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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Taglines:

An oddball odyssey about voyeurism, LSD and nude bowling!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, some drug content and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baliklar ve rüyalar See more »

Filming Locations:

Half Moon Bay, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,777, 22 June 1997

Gross USA:

$464,655
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Company Credits

Production Co:

3 Ring Circus Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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No dreams or fishes were harmed in the making of this movie. See more »


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Ten Second News
Written by Jay Farrar
Performed by Son Volt
Used by permission of Warner Chappell Music
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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A Film To Dream About
27 August 2001 | by Dizzy_SteinwaySee all my reviews

Terry (David Arquette) is a very sad, lonely man who spends his days watching other people live their lives rather than trying to make one of his own. Rather than do this, he decides that the best thing to do is to commit suicide by jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge.

In what he thinks are the final few moments of his life along comes a very confident man, Nick (Brad Hunt), who notices that Terry can't seem to find the nerve to actually go through with it, and persuades him that this kind of suicide would actually be quite painfull, and might not even work, and suggests that he overdose on pills. Nick makes an offer of a jar of sleeping pills that he has at his apartment, in exchange for Terry's watch.

Once the pills have been downed, Terry suddenly has a drastic change of heart and makes Nick take him to the hospital where it is revealed that they were actually vitamins.

Angry, Terry wants to confront Nick to get his watch back and finally tracks him down at the hospital where he finds out that Nick only has a short while to live himself.

The next day, Nick leaves the hospital with a proposal for Terry. If he will help Nick to live out all of his life long fantasies in the few weeks before he dies, Nick will pay him back by killing him.

Determined to go out with a bang, Nick takes Terry on an adventure and teaches him how to live his life to the fullest, including robbing a bank with an unloaded gun and nude bowling with prostitutes (whatever turns you on Nick!!)

It may seem that Nick is doing this all for him, but this film is about not taking life for granted and he is trying to open up a new world for Terry, one where he wouldn't want to die. This is what makes this a fantastic movie with many highs and lows. Mainly, a great story of love, friendship and adventure.


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