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Dream With the Fishes (1997)

David Arquette , Brad Hunt , Finn Taylor  |  R |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Arquette, Brad Hunt, Cathy Moriarty, Kathryn Erbe, Patrick McGaw
  • Directors: Finn Taylor
  • Writers: Finn Taylor, Jeffrey D. Brown
  • Producers: Johnny Wow, David Arquette, Mitchell Stein, Charles Hsiao, Jeffrey D. Brown
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008DDGY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,134 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dream With the Fishes" on IMDb

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  • Bonus music video: Greg Brown's "Sadness"

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Product Description

Terry is a suicidal voyeur who doesn't seem to be able to kill himself. While preparing to jump off a bridge, he meets Nick who ends up saving his life and a special bond develops between the two. Stars David Arquette (Scream).

Named after a line in The Godfather, Finn Taylor's directorial debut offers proof that movies about death don't have to be grim. Like Harold and Maude--but grittier--Taylor (Cherish) keeps the tone light and quirky. If you were to ask, he might even say that Dream with the Fishes is actually about life, but Terry (David Arquette) really does want to die and Nick (Brad Hunt) really does have only a few weeks to live. Death is what binds the two together. They would otherwise have nothing in common. The men live in the same San Francisco neighborhood, but Terry is a depressed widower with a penchant for voyeurism, while Nick may be terminally ill, yet he and his tattoo artist girlfriend, Liz (a virtually unrecognizable Katherine Erbe from Law and Order: Criminal Intent), live life to the full. They're just the medicine that the (psychically) ailing Terry needs. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want everyone (reading this) to know.... August 30, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is the best film I've seen in a LONG time. (about a year or so). I honestly don't participate in many reviews, but i just finished viewing this film and felt that it deserves a review. I bought this film on Amazon (used) for a couple bucks (about 8 bucks incl. s+h) based on the positive reviews from viewers, and let me tell you it was WELL worth every cent. (I would of paid 3 times that price...even used !!) If you like quirky, off-beat characters, good dialogue, dark humor, romance, emotionally driven, road TRIPping kind of flicks....look no further than this little gem of a film. Trust me, I love ALL KINDS of films and I have seen (roughly) about 300 or so, and I can gladly say that this one definately ranks up there in the top 30 of my all time favorites. I'm not even going to tell you anything specific about the film because I already told you the jest of it all. No matter what films you have seen in a LONG time, I'm sure you will appreciate the splendid beauty of Dream With the Fishes. Even if you don't care too much for David Arquette, (I don't) give him a chance in this one because this has to be his strongest, most serious performance of his life, playing a seriously suicidal, yet deeply compassionate character. Brad Hunt is a newcomer to me, but his comical, yet serious performance drove this flick to perfection, not to mention the beautiful Katherine Erbe as the confused struggling girlfriend of Brad Hunts' character. Do yoursef a favor and check this one out if you haven't already. Better yet, just buy it here at Amazon. You can get it used at a decent price. Too bad it's not available on dvd, but hopefully will be soon. This film is very entertaining and you probably won't even want to leave your seat until the credits are over. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare brilliance January 4, 2000
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This is one of those unknown films which deserves to be known. Its is honestly one of the best films i've seen in a long time. Its a buddy movie, a unique one, that deals with one guy (Arquette) who is a social loser, and another guy (Hunt) who has a lust for life. The two go on a trip to fulfill Hunt's fantasies, which are hilarious in themselves, dropping acid at a carnival, bowling naked.. Its just really funny, but poignant at the same time. Brad Hunt totally reminds me of Gary Oldman in this movie, he's great. The only drawback may be Arquette who i don't like very much, but did a good job with his role. Its definitely worth seeing, its brilliant.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie! August 24, 2000
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This film, by director Finn Taylor, came out in 1997 and I saw it at an arthouse theater. I was so blown away by it, particularly the characters, the story, and some magnificent cinematography. Yes, it wasn't a box office smash, but I assume if you are looking for that kind of a film you'll rent a monstrosity like titanic or some other over-the-top special effects bonanza. Dream with the fishes is pure brilliance by a director, who seems to not have done anything since this 97 release. The home video version is great but still doesn't stand up to seeing this great film on the big screen, with a good sound system for the awesome soundtrack. Try to find the widescreen version, if possible. When the film is nearing the end and that beautiful Nick Drake song, 'River Man' is being played, I got tears in my eyes. It is extremely rare for me to become emotionally involved with characters in today's films, but this flick is one of the few exceptions. Arquette and Hunt are so great, regardless to what some other bone headed reviewer says. Check this one out, you'll be happy you did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exploration of life, living, death and dying March 23, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Very touching film that deeply scratches the surface of the relationship between trying to live and die. Made me remember the old adage that if you aren't actively trying to live your life then you are in fact dying, so make it count. Dressed with humor and well portrayed emotion and events (Trip scene) this movie is very realistic and didn't leave me feeling like i had been preached to nor embarrassed that it had moved me so much. I hope you enjoy it as much as i did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars evocative; it moved me March 25, 2000
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Having been handmaiden to a dying friend - who didn't want to die - this film was a big sweet balm to me, and it felt true throughout. I especially appreciated the heightened colors used (that's how everything looks when things could end any day, I was told) and the sort of witless wierd closeness that can develop between people when the final moment is, well, UP. Also, this is a strange point, but being a San Franciscan, you get used to seeing your city used as metaphor for all kinds of reasons. It was refreshing to see the City used as simply a backdrop. Want to se anything else Finn Taylor or Brad Hunt will do.
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Dream With The Fishes is by far the best film that I have seen so far in my fifteen years of life, and I believe that it will hold it's title in my appreciation for many more years to come. This film gave me a view of life, as does the bible to other people. It made me appreciate the simpler things in life more. Mr. Finn Taylor is a wonderful and talented film maker, and I hope he continues to work on more projects such as this masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorites April 26, 2014
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Very funny quirky story that plays around life and death. Great music with an indie style production. I've lost this video and bought it again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Kathryn Erbe is amazing
This film is great because Kathryn Erbe is in it at the height of her beauty and sexiness. She is topless in two scenes and brings a style to this movie only the true beauties can... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend.
Great film, with an unexpected twist. David arquette's Best acting. Funny, quirky and heartbreaking, all at the same time. Highly recommend!
Published 11 months ago by Akh
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy-Noir...
Brad Hunt is brilliant, David Arq. is beautifully manic and Kathryn Erbe is perfect in a non-cop role while the soundtrack flawlessly sews the seams with tracks from the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tony Sac
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not fishy
I really enjoyed this movie. I have always been a fan of Kathryn Erbe, ever since "What About Bob?" Kudos to the cast!
Published 12 months ago by david l king
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film.
A little unknown gem starring David Arquette. The DVD is lacking in special features but I am just thankful for finding a physical copy of this movie online. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Galaxea
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream With the Fishes
A very dark comedy that was filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area, a good part of the filming took part in my Home of Half Moon Bay Cali! Read more
Published 20 months ago by diana
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Films, You've Never Seen
Have you ever wondered if you've missing anything? You go to your local video store, pick up a few interesting prospects, but then at the last minute decide to just go with only... Read more
Published on September 9, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely, Positively Outstanding!!!!!
Just by chance, I caught CHERISH on IFC. I immediately ordered it and watched it every night until FISHES arrived. Read more
Published on March 13, 2006 by Susan L. Grycan
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T LET THE TITLE THROW YOU OFF
Published on September 8, 2005 by Kurt R. Melinnis
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Sound-Track
This is an enjoyable lil'film. Heart-warming, charming, thought-provoking with a fun sound-track. A cohesion of twists and turns, deffinitely worth watching once maybe even twice... Read more
Published on July 5, 2005 by Duchess
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