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Festivale Spring 1997
Dream with the Fishes movie review
"When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates the mind wonderfully" - Samuel Johnson
Dream with Fishes Terry (Arquette) is a voyeur, trousers down, binoculars out. Nick (Brad Hunt) is the guy who gets him down off the Golden Gate Bridge.

They bond. It's a peculiarly male bonding with bad behaviour and aggressive mutual abuse, and awkward thoughtfulness as the glue.

Nick is dying (soon) and Terry wants to die, and so they go off on the Road Movie to the End of The Road.

We meet the women with whom they have unresolved relationships, including Nick's speechless mother (Moonlighting's Allyce Beasley) and outrageous Aunty Elise (glorious Cathy Moriarty from Soapdish). And of course Nick's girlfriend, whose hobby (provocative hobby) is bloody tatooing (literally).

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So the boys try nude bowling, drugged carnival attendance, a card reader and an angst-ridden hometown return.

Finn Taylor based much of the script on actual experience of which he says, ".. as you're spending time … you know may be some of your last time, you're really living every moment to the fullest. … From that point on is when I really got serious about writing."

In Dream with the Fishes writer Finn shows us HOW Nick learnt to respond with aggression to the people he bonds with, but not WHY.

There are always arguments for and against writers directing (and vice versa), this film dragged from place to place, and was a bit episodic, perhaps due to the autobiographical content.

So. Nick dies, Terry grows, and the women fade from view. End credits.

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Title: Dream with the Fishes
Written by: Finn Taylor (story Finn Taylor and Jeffrey Brown)
Directed by: Finn Taylor
Produced by: Johnny Wow, Mitchell Stein, David Arquette, Laurie A. Miller, Jefferey Brown, John Sideropoulos, Charles Hsiao
Edited by: Rick Le Compte
Cinematographer: Barry Stone C.S.C

The Players: David Arquette, Brad Hunt, Cathy Moriarty, Kathryn Erbe, Patrick McGaw, J.E. Freeman,, Allyce Beasley
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