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Charles Burnett directed this offbeat comic romance about a pair of aging eccentrics whose imaginary companions sometimes interfere with their "real" lives. Fish (James Earl Jones) is an elderly Jamaican expatriate who has spend much of his adult life in a mental institution in New York. One of the clearest manifestations of Fish's madness is Hank, an imaginary nemesis whom Fish must often beat until he obeys. After he's released, Fish heads to Los Angeles, where he takes a room in a boarding house run by Mrs. Muldroone (Margot Kidder). Living across the hall from Fish is Poinsetta (Lynn Redgrave), an older woman who may be crazier than Fish: she drinks a great deal, loves to listen to Puccini, and is convinced that the long-dead composer is following her around (and is in love with her). In time, Fish and Poinsetta become friends and then lovers, but when she accidentally "kills" Hank, Fish is suddenly robbed of one of the only constants in his life. The Annihilation of Fish was screened in the 1999 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 1, 2000

Crew

Charles Burnett
Director
Paul Heller
Producer
John F. Remark
Producer
Eric Mitchell
Producer
William Fabrizio
Producer
Anthony C. Winkler
Screenwriter
John Ndiaga Demps
Cinematographer
Laura Karpman
Composer (Music Score)
Nancy Richardson
Editor
Nina Ruscio
Production Designer
Kris Dodge
Executive Producer
Matt Callahan
Set Designer
Christine Peters
Costume Designer
Veda Campbell
Sound/Sound Designer
Kris Krengel
First Assistant Director
Arlene Albertson
Line Producer
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