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An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film, in real and imaginary form. Meanwhile, Axel tags fish in New York as a naturalist's gofer. He's happy there, but a messenger arrives to bring him to Arizona for his uncle's wedding. It's a ruse to get Axel into the family business. In Arizona, Axel meets two odd women: vivacious, needy, and plagued by neuroses and familial discord. He gets romantically involved with one, while the other, rich but depressed, plays accordion tunes to a gaggle of pet turtles

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  1. David Atkins


  2. Emir Kusturica


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  1. Johnny Depp

    Johnny Depp

    Axel Blackmar

  2. Jerry Lewis

    Jerry Lewis

    Leo Sweetie

  3. Faye Dunaway

    Faye Dunaway

    Elaine Stalker

  4. Lili Taylor

    Lili Taylor

    Grace Stalker

  5. Vincent Gallo

    Vincent Gallo

    Paul Leger

  6. Paulina Porizkova

    Paulina Porizkova


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 22m

Budget $19,000,000.00

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Release Information

  • September 9, 1993
    R, Theatrical



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