Passed Away (1992)

PG-13 | 96 mins | Comedy-drama | 24 April 1992

Director:

Charlie Peters

Writer:

Charlie Peters

Cinematographer:

Arthur Albert

Editor:

Harry Keramidas

Production Designer:

Catherine Hardwicke

Production Company:

Hollywood Pictures
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HISTORY

According to the 19 Dec 1990 HR, the picture was in development with production set to begin in Apr 1991. Hollywood Pictures was named as the production company, but a director had yet to be hired. However, the 24 Jul 1991 HR announced that principal photography was delayed until Oct 1991 in Pittsburgh, PA, and named Charlie Peters as the director.
       A 1 Oct 1991 ^HR production chart reported the 9 Oct 1991 start date. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, principal photography was completed on 7 Dec 1991, and listed sound stages in Fox Chapel, outside of Pittsburgh, as a location.
       End credits include the following acknowledgements: "The Producers Wish to Thank: The city of Pittsburgh, PA; Pittsburgh Film Office, Mr. Robert Curran; County of Allegheny; Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; the boroughs and townships of Oakmont, Edgewood, Ross, O'Hara and North Huntingdon; Gorham, Inc.; Waterford Crystal, ... More Less

According to the 19 Dec 1990 HR, the picture was in development with production set to begin in Apr 1991. Hollywood Pictures was named as the production company, but a director had yet to be hired. However, the 24 Jul 1991 HR announced that principal photography was delayed until Oct 1991 in Pittsburgh, PA, and named Charlie Peters as the director.
       A 1 Oct 1991 ^HR production chart reported the 9 Oct 1991 start date. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, principal photography was completed on 7 Dec 1991, and listed sound stages in Fox Chapel, outside of Pittsburgh, as a location.
       End credits include the following acknowledgements: "The Producers Wish to Thank: The city of Pittsburgh, PA; Pittsburgh Film Office, Mr. Robert Curran; County of Allegheny; Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; the boroughs and townships of Oakmont, Edgewood, Ross, O'Hara and North Huntingdon; Gorham, Inc.; Waterford Crystal, Inc." More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
19 Dec 1990
pp. 1-2.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jul 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
1 Oct 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Apr 1992
p. 9, 38.
Los Angeles Times
24 Apr 1992
p. 4.
New York Times
24 Apr 1992
p. 8.
Variety
27 Apr 1992
p. 79.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Hollywood Pictures presents
In association with Touchwood Pacific Partners I
A Morra/Brezner/Steinberg production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Still photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Asst cam
Panaglide op
2d unit dir of photog
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Asst art dir
Art dept coord
Art dept coord
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
Apprentice film ed
Addl ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Key scenic artist
Asst set dec
On-set dresser
Leadperson
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Monument sculptor
Const coord
Const foreman
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Prop master
Asst prop master
COSTUMES
Asst cost des
Ward supv
Key costumer
MUSIC
Mus ed
Cond by
Concert master
Orch contractor
Mus scoring mixer
Mus scoring mixer
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Cableman
Cableman
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
ADR ed
ADR ed
ADR by
ADR by
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR mixer
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Foley mixer
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR/Foley rec at
ADR/Foley rec at
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff prosthetics
Title des
Titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Key hairstylist
Hairstylist
Key makeup artist
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst to Mr. Brezner
Asst to Mr. Marx
Asst to Mr. Hoskins
Asst to Mr. Peters
Key set prod asst
Asst loc mgr
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Unit pub
Dial coach
New York casting
New York casting
Pittsburgh casting & extras
Pittsburgh casting & extras
Casting asst
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation co-capt
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
STAND INS
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Louie Louie," words and music by Richard Berry, performed by The Kingsmen, courtesy of Original Sound Record Co., Inc.
"Dedicated To The One I Love," words and music by Lowman Pauling and Ralph Bass, performed by The Shirelles, courtesy of Original Sound Record Co., Inc.
"Love And Happiness," words and music by Mabon L. Hodges and Al Green, performed by Toots and the Maytals, courtesy of Mango/Island Records
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SONGS
"Louie Louie," words and music by Richard Berry, performed by The Kingsmen, courtesy of Original Sound Record Co., Inc.
"Dedicated To The One I Love," words and music by Lowman Pauling and Ralph Bass, performed by The Shirelles, courtesy of Original Sound Record Co., Inc.
"Love And Happiness," words and music by Mabon L. Hodges and Al Green, performed by Toots and the Maytals, courtesy of Mango/Island Records
"Dancin' In The Moonglow," words and music by Richard Gibbs, performed by Nicole Sill
"You're The Top," words and music by Cole Porter
"Marie's Wedding," additional lyrics by Jim Corr
"Outlaw," words and music by John Corabi, John Alderete, Bruce Bouillet and Walt Woodward, performed by The Scream, courtesy of Hollywood Records.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
24 April 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 24 April 1992
New York opening: week of 24 April 1992
Production Date:
9 October--7 December 1991
Copyright Claimant:
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.
Copyright Date:
30 April 1992
Copyright Number:
PA562334
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Prints
Prints by Technicolor®
Prints
Produced and distributed on Eastman Film
Duration(in mins):
96
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Following a heart attack, Jack Scanlan returns to work at the Southern New England Transit Workers Union. In the way, he exclaims that he feels better than ever, and his son, Johnny, asks if he ever had an urge to take a big risk in life. Johnny is thinking about changing careers, and his father hints about something from his past, but tells Johnny he will answer his question after work. When Jack arrives at his office, another son, Frank, greets him with a surprise party. Jack suffers another heart attack and dies instantly. Frank telephones his brother Johnny, and blames himself for his father’s death. Sometime later, Johnny visits his mother, Mary, whose home is filled with loved ones. Johnny and Frank are overwhelmed by the details surrounding the wake and funeral, and inform their siblings of their father’s death. Their sister, Terry, feels bad about her strained relationship with her father. She asks her former husband, Boyd Pinter, to pretend they are still married and return home with her for the funeral. Elsewhere, Johnny and his wife, Amy, tell their teenaged children, Sam and Megan, about their grandfather’s death. When Johnny tells Amy that he wants to sell his business and buy a boat, she dismisses the idea. As friends and family gather for the wake at Mary’s home, Frank’s wife, Denise, puts her name on several possessions belonging to her mother-in-law, hoping she will inherit them someday. A beautiful woman named Cassie Slocombe arrives, and catches Johnny’s attention. She arouses disdain by several elderly relatives, who assume she was Jack’s mistress. Later, Terry arrives with Boyd and, after bidding farewell to her father, who lays in ... +


Following a heart attack, Jack Scanlan returns to work at the Southern New England Transit Workers Union. In the way, he exclaims that he feels better than ever, and his son, Johnny, asks if he ever had an urge to take a big risk in life. Johnny is thinking about changing careers, and his father hints about something from his past, but tells Johnny he will answer his question after work. When Jack arrives at his office, another son, Frank, greets him with a surprise party. Jack suffers another heart attack and dies instantly. Frank telephones his brother Johnny, and blames himself for his father’s death. Sometime later, Johnny visits his mother, Mary, whose home is filled with loved ones. Johnny and Frank are overwhelmed by the details surrounding the wake and funeral, and inform their siblings of their father’s death. Their sister, Terry, feels bad about her strained relationship with her father. She asks her former husband, Boyd Pinter, to pretend they are still married and return home with her for the funeral. Elsewhere, Johnny and his wife, Amy, tell their teenaged children, Sam and Megan, about their grandfather’s death. When Johnny tells Amy that he wants to sell his business and buy a boat, she dismisses the idea. As friends and family gather for the wake at Mary’s home, Frank’s wife, Denise, puts her name on several possessions belonging to her mother-in-law, hoping she will inherit them someday. A beautiful woman named Cassie Slocombe arrives, and catches Johnny’s attention. She arouses disdain by several elderly relatives, who assume she was Jack’s mistress. Later, Terry arrives with Boyd and, after bidding farewell to her father, who lays in an open casket, she admits to Johnny that she has been divorced for four years. Terry reacquaints with an old friend named Peter Syracusa, who works at the funeral home. Frank is embarrassed when his adult daughter, Rachel, arrives eight months pregnant, and unwed. Fearing his mother, Mary, will learn the truth, he makes Rachel wear a coat to hide her stomach, and chastises his teenage son, Tony, for sporting an earring. However, Mary is more astute than her family assumes, and asks Rachel about the baby’s father. Rachel explains that they are no longer together, but she is excited to be having the baby. When Terry sees Cassie Slocombe at the wake, she comments to Johnny about their father’s many mistresses. Late that night, Johnny goes to the cemetery with Frank and Terry, where he commandeers a bulldozer to carry out their family’s tradition of sons digging their fathers’ graves. After his siblings leave, Johnny falls in the grave, and is rescued by Cassie Slocombe, who came to see if Johnny would fulfill the tradition. The next day, he visits Cassie at the hair salon she owns, but she refuses to tell Johnny the exact nature of her relationship with his father. Sometime later, Terry has lunch with Peter Syracrusa at a local diner, where he asks her to dance to an old song he plays on the jukebox. Meanwhile, younger sister, Nora Scanlan, returns home. Nora is a nun who has been working with the poor in El Salvador for the past three years. She has developed communist beliefs, and brought an illegal immigrant back with her named Enrique. When Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) officers arrive to search for Enrique, Nora sends the men away. Elsewhere, Johnny tells Cassie about his plans to buy a boat and leave his wife, claiming his marriage has no passion. As he shops with Cassie at a boutique, he buys her an expensive dress to wear to the funeral. When Peter Syracrusa figures out that Terry is actually divorced, he chastises her for lying and trying to save face, and accuses her of taking herself too seriously. Terry leaves offended. Later, Amy Scanlan senses something is wrong with her husband, and asks Johnny about his change in behavior. However, he refuses to discuss the matter. Back at the wake, Terry bickers with Boyd, and he leaves. She worries how she will tell her mother the truth about her divorce. She insults Peter, then kisses him. When Cassie returns to the wake, Johnny professes his love, and asks her to go away with him, but she dismisses him. Nora Scanlan worries when the INS officers return, and asks Johnny and Cassie for help. They hide Enrique in their father’s casket, and move the corpse to an upstairs bedroom. When they enter the room, they discover Terry and Peter, who have just had sex. The frantic group pretends that everything is normal when the INS agents search the room. Nora insists that her father’s corpse is a drunken, passed out uncle, and the officers finally leave. Afterward, Cassie learns that Johnny believes she was his father’s mistress, and she leaves in anger. Johnny follows, and she reveals that Jack helped her mother out with a union matter. Jack also helped the family after her father died when she was nine years old. He remained a lifelong family friend, and gave her money to buy her hair salon. The next day, at the funeral service, Johnny says a few words about his father. Later, his wife Amy asks him if he slept with Cassie, and he denies her accusation, but remains speechless about whether he is planning to leave their marriage. On the way to the cemetery, pregnant Rachel is surprised when her former boyfriend, Tom, arrives and professes his love, insisting he is ready to be a father. Meanwhile, Terry finally tells her mother about her divorce, but she already knew. Johnny rides with Cassie in the funeral procession, and she apologizes to him for her anger. She decides not to continue on to the cemetery, and bids Johnny farewell. At the cemetery, Rachel goes into labor, and apologizes to her judgmental father for the bad timing. However, Frank apologizes for having been so unkind. As Johnny watches his family from afar, he reconciles with Amy, and kisses her. Realizing that he needs to take his father’s place as the family patriarch, Johnny takes control of the chaotic situation, and comforts Rachel as they wait for the ambulance to arrive. +

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