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Passion Fish
Passion Fish
Actors: Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodard, Angela Bassett, Leo Burmester, Chuck Cain
Genres: Drama
R     1999     2hr 15min

A soap opera actress becomes a paraplegic and returns to her childhood home on the bayou in Louisiana. Together with her nurse, she regains a sense of family, home, and relationships. — Genre: Feature Film-Drama — Rating: R ...  more »


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Actors: Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodard, Angela Bassett, Leo Burmester, Chuck Cain
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/30/1999
Original Release Date: 12/11/1992
Theatrical Release Date: 12/11/1992
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 2hr 15min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Bonnie S. (BonnieS) from HEDGESVILLE, WV
Reviewed on 1/17/2009...
Oh, I absolutely love this movie, and never tire of re-watching it. The four characters are played by some of my favorite actors, and they fulfill their roles to perfection. Great plot, but what makes it is that it is a character-driven tale, and we can so easily get into their skins. The bayou setting is alive, it almost crackles in the background.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
S A A. (Learned2Heal)
Reviewed on 11/18/2007...
Love, Love, Love this movie! Very interesting plot line, great characters and really good actors. Love the Louisiana bayou setting and all the color and emotions both overt and hidden in this movie. One of my favorites that I have watched countless times and will do so again. Recommend it highly.
4 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Beautiful Bayou.
John Cobb | Austin, TX | 04/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In this current era of moviemaking, it's rare than an idea as soft, as pure as Passion Fish, will be given an opportunity to be made. Thankfully John Sayles has the ability to circumvent the `by-committee' filmmaking which would have ultimately turned this wonderful little film into God know's what.Mary McDonnell will never be better-she is brilliant, than in her portrayal of May-Alice Culhane (for which she was Oscar-nominated), the once-on-top Soap Opera star to whom tragedy has taken the use of her legs, and forced a re-evaluation of her life.Alfre Woodard, as the hired home-care worker/nurse Chantelle provides the perfect complement as both these women find more of themselves through each other, then they might ever have found otherwise. Again, Ms. Woodard has rarely disappointed.The early montage of health-care applicants is clever and funny. And John Sayles always is able to find brilliance in his supporting cast: notably Vondie Curtis-Hall, Leo Burmester, and David Strathairn, as well as a small role early in the career of Angela Bassett.Sayles' script was also nominated for an Academy Award."
Passion Fish
Kenneth Scheffler | Canada | 06/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I borrowed this movie along with four or five others from the local library and I kept putting it off and eventually considered simply returning it without even watching it, thinking that it looked kind of sappy and would be a bore to watch. I decided to give it a try the night--very late in the night, I should say--before it was due, and boy was I ever wrong. This is one of the most moving and evocative movies that I've watched in a while, and could not help but watch it through to the end despite the late hour. This is one of the few times when I can say that I feel that a movie was perfectly cast. The acting, the character development is superb, and a nice tight story and excellent script. I most enjoyed the scene on the Bayou to the song Le Danse de Mardi Gras, it was just so beautifully done and the song really evokes the "fecund"--as one minor whimsically puts it when trying to decribe Louisiana--of the region. This alone makes the movie worth watching."
Great content, Superb acting - a true work of art
Sokste | Minneapolis, MN U.S.A. | 12/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love this film. The acting is as good as it can be. The simultaneous journeys of the characters blend and combust on each other and enrich each other. There are many delicious moments that themselves are worth re-watching. Completely delicious - all this despite the content itself being relatively challenging. I'm just really going to have to check out all Sayles movies I guess - I keep finding out a favorite is by him. And Alfre Woodard of course never disappoints.Completely worth it!"