Passion Fish (1992)


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With his trademark emphasis on character development and dialogue, writer/director John Sayles tells the story of May-Alice Culhane (Mary McDonnell), a New York soap opera actress left paralyzed by a car accident. As the film opens, she lies in a hospital bed, confused and scared, watching her own show on TV and shrieking, "That was supposed to be my closeup!" With no other options, she returns to her family's old and empty Southern home, where she drinks hard, offends every caregiver, and … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Sayles
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 30, 1999
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment



as May-Alice Culhane

as Dawn/Rhonda

as Dawn/Rhonda

as Ti-Marie

as Reeves

as Nurse Quick

as 1st Therapist

as 2nd Therapist

as Dr. Kline

as Therapist

as Attendant

as Lawanda

as Precious

as Luther

as Dr. Blades

as Redwood Vance
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Critic Reviews for Passion Fish

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | December 11, 1992
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 20, 2008
Top Critic

A tightly-focused narrative about interior struggles and unexpected changes, the film is a cynical anti-Reagan story about monetary success and class distinctions, a political fable about female survivors.

Full Review… | October 8, 2006

Audience Reviews for Passion Fish

I really DIDN'T think I was going to like this film, and I ended up REALLY liking it. And if I ever audition for anything, I'm totally using the "I didn't ask for the anal probe" monologue too.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

stick with it and this film is very rewarding

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

More for the ladies I think. Not that I don't appreciate a good film made for women but I found I couldn't relate terribly well with the characters.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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