Passed Away

1992

Passed Away (1992)

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In this black comedy, elderly Jack Scanlan (Jack Warden) passes away just as he's about to tell his oldest son Johnny (Bob Hoskins) what he's decided is truly important in life, which does little to ease Johnny's mid-life anxieties. Jack's funeral and the subsequent wake brings together the various members of the Scanlan Family, most of whom are having troubles of their own. Johnny's mother Mary (Maureen Stapleton) is not dealing well with losing her husband. His brother Frank (William Petersen), a would-be union delegate, has a nagging wife, Denise (Debra Rush), and a pregnant daughter, Rachel (Teri Polo). His sister Nora (Frances McDormand) is a leftist nun who has brought along a guest, a South American dissident wanted by the INS. Terry (Pamela Reed) is splitting up with her husband Boyd (Tim Curry) after finally realizing that he's gay. And Johnny is thinking of quitting his job and leaving his wife Amy (Blair Brown), which makes the mysterious Cassie (Nancy Travis) seem all the more attractive. Passed Away marked the directorial debut of successful screenwriter Charlie Peters.

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Cast

Nancy Travis
as Cassie Slocombe
Jack Warden
as Jack Scanlan
Don Brockett
as Froggie
Sally Gracie
as Mrs. Cassidy
Ruth Jarslow
as Mrs. Richfield
Alice Eisner
as Aunt Sissy
Louis Mustillo
as Carmine Syracusa
Ann Shea
as Louise
Tristan Tait
as Sam Scanlan
Sara Rue
as Megan Scanlan
Debra Rush
as Denise Scanlan
Patrick Breen
as Father Hallahan
Teri Polo
as Rachel Scanlan
Jayce Bartok
as Tony Scanlan
Antone Dileo
as Enrique
Helena Ruoti
as Sheila Pajoli
Dylan Baker
as Unsworth
Jim Corr
as Daniel
Ruth Jaroslow
as Mrs. Richfield
Andrida McCall
as Secretary
Jessie Keosian
as Mrs. Wysocki
Kathryn Aronson
as Claire Wysocki
Tommy Lafitte
as George Talbot
Deborah Rush
as Denise Scanlan
Ruth Lesko
as Deirdre Floss
K.J. Roberts
as Liquor Delivery Man
Frank Seals Jr.
as Flower Delivery Man
David L. Early
as Councilman Chaney
Larry John Meyers
as 1st Insurance Agent
Glenn Kubota
as 2nd Insurance Agent
Katie Karlovitz
as Saleslady
Rick Applegate
as Unsworth's Guy
Richard Rauh
as Leering Man
Tom Tully
as Dr. G
Paul Mochnik
as Drunk Man
David Earle
as Councilman Chaney
Jean Pierre Nutini
as Joe--Night Watchman
Kristin Minter
as Cousin Karen
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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Even such a superlative cast cannot save this picture, which seems desined to pass away soon, to be interred and half-forgotten in the video racks of America.

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