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North Shore Fish [VHS] (1997)

Mercedes Ruehl , Peter Riegert , Steve Zuckerman  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mercedes Ruehl, Peter Riegert, Tony Danza, Carroll Baker, Wendie Malick
  • Directors: Steve Zuckerman
  • Writers: Israel Horovitz
  • Producers: Allan Kassirer, Dan Paulson, Eric Buchanan
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • VHS Release Date: July 27, 1999
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 157252331X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format:VHS Tape
Set in a failing fish-packing plant in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where fishing has always been the primary industry, this 1997 film focuses on the local workers, primarily women. All have graduated from the local high school, married local boys, and expect to spend their lives in town, as do the two men, Salvatore (Sally) Morella (Tony Danza), the plant manager, and Alfred (Porker) Martino (Peter Riegert), the custodian.

With a mixture of comedy and seriousness, the backgrounds of the workers at the fish plant unfold. The plant, for all its problems, has become a substitute family for these tough women, a place where they can escape the drudgery of their homes, talk about their kids, and share their feelings. During the film, an assembly line worker gives birth in the plant, another character plans her abortion, and a huge fistfight develops between Porker and Sally. When the manager announces that the plant will close to make way for a fitness center, the underpinnings of the workers' lives are removed.

Directed by Steve Zuckerman, the screenplay was adapted by Israel Horovitz from his award-winning play. Horovitz's familiarity with Gloucester, where he has lived for thirty summers, is reflected in the intensity of the interactions and the profound commitments of the women to the fish plant. Unfortunately, the action is more appropriate to the intimacy of the stage than to film. Though locations change here, the changes add little to the drama of the workers' lives which unfold, statically, on the assembly line. With most action taking place inside the factory, the opportunities for interesting cinematography diminish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars words you won't hear on Who's The Boss? April 22, 2001
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I bet you never heard Tony talk like this on Who's The Boss?! Tony plays a grumpy manager who loves to swear and run around like a maniac... the main reason I bought it. It is quite a change of character. Ah-oh, Oh-ah.

So for those Tony fans who want to see a different side of his acting abilities ... good movie.
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