Passion Fish [DVD] [1992]

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.
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Special Features

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


Passion Fish
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 wallows in self-pity. Her outlook begins to changes with the arrival of Chantelle (Alfre Woodard), a nurse with her own life problems. The two gradually find a heartfelt connection with one another, and, as a result, their lives subtly change. McDonnell's work in Passion Fish earned her an Oscar nomination as Best Actress. ~ Norm Schrager, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Mary McDonnell
    Mary McDonnell - Mary-Alice Culhane
  • Alfre Woodard
    Alfre Woodard - Chantelle
  • David Strathairn
    David Strathairn - Rennie
  • Vondie Curtis-Hall
    Vondie Curtis-Hall - Sugar LeDoux
  • Nora Dunn
    Nora Dunn - Ti-Marie

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