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Passionada (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Drama | 16 June 2002 (USA)
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Passionada is a romantic comedy about a Portuguese widow whose husband, a fisherman, died at sea. The widow's naive teenage daughter wants to be a professional gambler and she convinces her... See full summary »

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Dan Ireland

Writers:

David Bakalar (story), Jim Jermanok (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Isaacs ... Charles Beck
Sofia Milos ... Celia Amonte
Emmy Rossum ... Vicky Amonte
Theresa Russell ... Lois Vargas
Lupe Ontiveros ... Angelica Amonte
Seymour Cassel ... Daniel Vargas
Chris Tardio ... Gianni Martinez
Benjamin Mouton ... Frankie the Pit Boss
Robert Montano ... Father Emmanuel
Luis Colina ... Anthony
Bill Burr ... Blackjack Player
Russ Vigilante ... Roberto
Anthero Montenegro ... Joseph Amonte
George Gund ... Fisherman
Shawn FitzGerald Shawn FitzGerald ... Blackjack Dealer
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Storyline

Passionada is a romantic comedy about a Portuguese widow whose husband, a fisherman, died at sea. The widow's naive teenage daughter wants to be a professional gambler and she convinces her mother to date a British man who's new in town. The widow falls for the Brit, a professional gambler who pretends to be in the fishing business. Written by Anonymous

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Vicky wants what's best for her mother. Charlie's close enough. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and a conversation about drugs | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

16 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Con pasión See more »

Filming Locations:

Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,568, 17 August 2003

Gross USA:

$540,833

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$540,833
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first feature film to be filmed on location in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 45 years. See more »

Quotes

Celia Amonte: I just didn't think if you as the sailor type...
Charlie: Oh 'cause you haven't seen my gills.
Celia Amonte: [laughs]
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Paixões Diagonais
Performed by Mísia
Written by Miguel Ramos and João Monge
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Of Passion, Love and Fish in the Casino
7 December 2005 | by AZINDNSee all my reviews

Charlie (Jason Isaac) is a card player of dubious luck, who lives in a cheap motel and is going nowhere until he meets and woos a conservative and beautiful Portugese seamstress/singer, Celia, played by the stunning Sofia Milos (CSI: Miami). Celia has a meddlesome teenage daughter, Vickie (Emmy Rossum) who wants to learn how to count cards by blackmailing Charlie into teaching her, but he is banned from all casinos. Vickie wants to hook her mother up with a new man but her computer dating schemes fail. In the meanwhile, Charlie's only friends, a wealthy couple, Lois (Theresa Russell) and Danny Vargas (Seymore Cassel), lend him their Jaguar XKE, sailboat, and home to impress the widow that he is a successful and wealthy entrepreneur. It sounds like a typical dating game setup except for the background settings of the Portugese fishing community, mouthwatering seafood cooking, and casino gaming that flesh out the story. Love, fish, and lying to make points with the mother, Charlie learns how to turn his life around the hard way through his deceptions which backfire, and Sofia tries to forget the husband whose death has left her prematurely widowed yet not dead from the neck down.

Through the interferences of Vickie, lots of fish as unlikely props, and a sappy storyline, this is an entertaining film which allows the wonderful character actor Jason Isaac to show another side to his already powerful acting chops. Emmy Rossum is adequately irritating in a pre-Phantom of the Opera role which suggests her growth from typical teen to ingénue in training. However, it is the vibrant Sofia Milos as Celia who gives a rounded performance from cloistered widow to sensuous nightclub chanteuse that surprises and delights.

This is a small story about love in all its forms and definitions. Thoroughly enjoyable and wonderful for a date nite or simply rainy day, Passionada entertains.


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