Passion Fish
Passion Fish (1992)

John Sayles' immediate and unsentimental tale of growing respect and affection between a paraplegic and her straight-talking nurse stars Mary McDonnell as soap-opera actress Mary-Alice Culhane. After an automobile accident, she… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 11, 1992
DVD Release Date: March 30, 1999
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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

McDonnell makes it work, with the help of Sayles' wonderful script.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Compelling film about two women whose spiritual transformation is precipitated by illness.

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Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Passion Fish has the benefit of Sayles' smart dialogue, his eye for and attention to minor details and the riveting performances of two fine actresses.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The picture is sure-footed and accomplished and, to this point, the auteur's most satisfying marriage of head and heart.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
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… More
Alec Barniskis
Its remarkable that a film about a recently crippled woman, who returns to her Louisiana hometown, and is subsequently cared for by a black woman who was a… More
jay nixon
stick with it and this film is very rewarding
Stephen Earnest
The first fifteen minutes or so of "Passion Fish" are misleading, as the film eventually develops into something great. McDonnell and Woodard both… More
John Ballantine
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.
Anthony Valletta
Another great John Sayles film.