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Passion Fish Details


With his trademark emphasis on character development and dialogue, writer/director [[Performer~P110025~John Sayles~johnsayles]] tells the story of May-Alice Culhane ([[Performer~P47297~Mary McDonnell~marymcdonnell]]), 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 ([[Performer~P77363~Alfre Woodard~alfrewoodard]]), 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. [[Performer~P47297~McDonnell~marymcdonnell]]'s work in Passion Fish earned her an Oscar nomination as Best Actress. ~ Norm Schrager, Rovi

  • Release date:December 11, 1992


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Sayles Best Original Screenplay 1992 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mary McDonnell Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mary McDonnell Best Actress 1992 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards David Strathairn Best Supporting Actor 1992 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Alfre Woodard Best Supporting Actress 1992 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alfre Woodard Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1992 Nominee


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


John Sayles
Sarah Green
Maggie Renzi
John Sayles
Roger Deakins
Mason K. Daring
Composer (Music Score)
John Sayles
Dianna Freas
Production Designer
Dan Bishop
Production Designer
John Sloss
Executive Producer
Cynthia Flynt
Costume Designer
Steve Apicella
First Assistant Director
Georgia Kacandes
Production Manager