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North Shore Fish

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1997
  • Steve Zuckerman
  • 93 mins

Summary

**Spoiler Alert** Sal (Tony Danza) has been the foreman at North Shore Fish, a frozen fish factory, for years. He and Flo (Mercedes Ruehl), the "batter" person on the assembly line, not only were high school sweethearts, but are currently carrying on an affair. Porker (Peter Riegert), Sal's right-hand man, has been madly in love with Florence since third grade. For them and all the workers at North Shore Fish, laughter is their medicine to get through the monotony of work, especially when the pressure is on to increase their output. The job gets tougher when a new health inspector, Shimma (Wendie Malick) arrives and could shut them down if they don't meet government standards. Meanwhile, Flo is pregnant and isn't sure she wants an abortion. Try as they might to keep things running, a stunned Sal announces the closure of North Shore Fish. The factory was sold to an athletic club without his knowledge and they must pack their things immediately. Adapted by playwright Israel Horovitz from his stage paly, this humorous film reveals how the intimate camaraderie of a group of people helps them face the harsh realities of life. "This plot/bio is taken directly from the VHS Network Preview Screening Cassette released by Fox Lorber Assoicates in 2008."

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

A fine cast flounders in this TV adaptation of Israel Horovitz's stage play. The camaraderie in a seaside fish-packing plant helps the employees cope with the monotony of their work, especially when they're pressured to increase output. Complicating matters is a new health inspector, whose investigations may shut the plant down if it does not meet government standards. Mercedes Ruehl, Peter Riegert and Tony Danza are wasted as an eccentric cross-section of whiny New Englanders, trapped in lives they'd rather not be living.

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Credits

Cast

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FlorenceMercedes Ruehl
PorkerPeter Riegert
SalTony Danza
ShimmaWendie Malick
ArlyneCarroll Baker
RuthieCordelia Richards
JosieRusty Schwimmer

Crew

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DirectorSteve Zuckerman

Details

Languages
English
Formats
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