Passion Fish
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Passion Fish

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Director: John Sayles

Cast: John Sayles, Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodard, David Strathairn

     
 

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John Sayles' Passion Fish comes to DVD with two different pictures. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame 1.33:1 image. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles on this release, but the English soundtrack is

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John Sayles' Passion Fish comes to DVD with two different pictures. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame 1.33:1 image. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles on this release, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no special features on this release, but fans of John Sayles' layered, realistic dialogue will find this screenplay special enough to want to see this disc. Non-fans of his talky style will not be won over by this particular disc.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Character and dialogue are the driving forces in writer-director John Sayles's movies. In Passion Fish, Sayles delivers a quality screenplay, and Mary McDonnell and Alfre Woodard do his script justice with some of the most accomplished work of their careers. McDonnell -- who also stood out in the director's Matewan -- brings surprising originality to the role of the haggard, self-pitying accident victim, and Woodard never becomes a stereotypical provider of "tough love." Vondie Curtis-Hall and Sayles regular David Strathairn offer colorful supporting turns. Passion Fish was the director's simplest, most elegant work since his second feature, 1983's Lianna. McDonnell and Sayles would be nominated for Academy Awards, and Sayles would also be nominated for his screenplay.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/1999
UPC:
0043396532892
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
2:15:00
Sales rank:
27,973

Special Features

English 2-channel [Dolby Surround]; Additional langauges: Spanish, French; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; Scene selections; Widescreen and full screen formats

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mary McDonnell Mary-Alice Culhane
Alfre Woodard Chantelle
David Strathairn Rennie
Vondie Curtis-Hall Sugar LeDoux
Nora Dunn Ti-Marie
Sheila Kelley Kim
Angela Bassett Dawn/Rhonda
Leo Burmeister Reeves
Mary Portser Precious
Shauntisa Willis Denita
Michael Laskin Redwood Vance
Lee Anne Harris Kit
William Mahoney Max
Barbara Hewson Shapiro Actor
ShanaLedet Qualls 1st Fan
Lenore Banks Nurse Quick
Nelle Stokes 1st Therapist
Brett Ardoin 2nd Therapist
Michael Mantell Dr. Kline
Daniel Dupont Therapist
Chuck Cain Attendant
Paula Lafleur Fan #2
Maggie Renzi Louise
Marianne Muellerleile Drushka
Victoria Edwards Jessica
Amanda Carlin Perky
Elaine West Phoebe
Linda Castle Lawanda
Tom Wright Luther
Jennifer Gardner Albertine
Nancy Mette Nina
John Henry Redwood Dr. Blades

Technical Credits
John Sayles Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Steve Apicella Asst. Director
Michael Bigger Makeup
Dan Bishop Production Designer
Mason K. Daring Score Composer
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Cynthia Flynt Costumes/Costume Designer
Dianna Freas Production Designer
Sarah Green Producer
Georgia Kacandes Production Manager
Maggie Renzi Producer
John Sloss Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:10]
2. Opening Credits [7:46]
3. First Day Home [3:36]
4. Companions 2-5 [3:17]
5. Chantelle Arrives [5:17]
6. Breakfast Dealings [2:42]
7. Sugar [2:32]
8. Rennie [5:10]
9. Uncle Reeves [5:49]
10. Exercise Outside [3:45]
11. Ti-Marie & Precious [10:43]
12. Family Man [3:24]
13. Painful Numbness [1:47]
14. "Chantelle Here?" [4:44]
15. Quality Sugar Time [1:48]
16. First Date [6:12]
17. Chantelle's Past [4:43]
18. Boat Repair [7:26]
19. Her Peers Arrive [13:34]
20. Sailing Down the Bayou [4:05]
21. Passion Fish [3:01]
22. Night Riders [3:08]
23. Romantic Fantasy [6:32]
24. Chantelle's Family [3:40]
25. Cajun Festival [2:19]
26. Sugar Meets Denita [3:32]
27. Looking for May-Alice [4:45]
28. Stuck With Each Other [6:20]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:10]
2. Opening Credits [7:46]
3. First Day Home [3:36]
4. Companions 2-5 [3:17]
5. Chantelle Arrives [5:17]
6. Breakfast Dealings [2:42]
7. Sugar [2:32]
8. Rennie [5:10]
9. Uncle Reeves [5:49]
10. Exercise Outside [3:45]
11. Ti-Marie & Precious [10:43]
12. Family Man [3:24]
13. Painful Numbness [1:47]
14. "Chantelle Here?" [4:44]
15. Quality Sugar Time [1:48]
16. First Date [6:12]
17. Chantelle's Past [4:43]
18. Boat Repair [7:26]
19. Her Peers Arrive [13:34]
20. Sailing Down the Bayou [4:05]
21. Passion Fish [3:01]
22. Night Riders [3:08]
23. Romantic Fantasy [6:32]
24. Chantelle's Family [3:40]
25. Cajun Festival [2:19]
26. Sugar Meets Denita [3:32]
27. Looking for May-Alice [4:45]
28. Stuck With Each Other [6:20]

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Passion Fish 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Passion Fish tells the story of 2 women from different racial backgrounds and social class who together learn to become survivors and more importantly, become friends. May Alice, played superbly by Mary McDonnell, is a successful New York soap opera star who is hit by a car and becomes a paraplegic. Full of hopelessness and despair, she returns to her family home in Louisiana. There the sorry state of her life takes its toll on her and her self-pity and self-loathing lead her to drown her sorrows in drinking and a slovenly lifestyle. After going through several in-home caretakers, she meets Chantelle, played magnificently by Alfre Woodard. Chantelle, a former nurse with problems of her own, does not allow May Alice to continue her self-destructive habits and through “tough love” forces May Alice to become more independent. They both come to realize their need for each other – May Alice for not just a caretaker, but a companion and friend, and Chantelle because if she can prove herself as a responsible, mature individual who can hold down a job, will be able to regain custody of her daughter who is currently living with Chantelle’s father. May Alice and Chantelle’s faltering steps to building a relationship of respect, trust, and understanding plays out against the rich backdrop of Louisiana’s Cajun country. Director Sayles paints a vivid picture with a colorful cast of supporting actors, the passionate, fervent Zydeco music and dancing, Cajun food, and the great footage of the Louisiana bayou.
velvetmoss More than 1 year ago
This is a movie you don't see advertised....but i happen see the movie on cable Reel channel...Excellent movie with wonderful performance by each character...the scenery of Louisiana bayou make you want to go yourself....definitely would recommend