Dream with the Fishes

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Dream with the Fishes
Dream with the Fishes FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Finn Taylor
Written by Finn Taylor
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release date
  • 1997 (1997)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Dream with the Fishes is a 1997 film directed by Finn Taylor. The film is Taylor's directorial debut.


The film follows Terry, a suicidal voyeur who doesn't seem to be able to kill himself. While preparing for jumping off a bridge, he meets Nick who ends up saving his life. Terry discovers that Nick is terminally ill and doesn't have much time left. Scared by the lack of time, Nick offers Terry a deal he can't refuse: Terry will become the beneficiary of Nick's life insurance or, since money doesn't matter to Terry, Nick promises to kill him before he dies. All Nick asks is Terry's help to realize a few fantasies before dying.

Taylor has claimed that the film is loosely autobiographical. Taylor himself once spent six years traveling around the country with a friend. In one interview, Taylor claimed: "When I was 19, I contemplated suicide and attempted to hold up a drug store."[1]


The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and would go on to earn $460,000 in limited release.[2] The film also received a relatively positive reception from critics. Roger Ebert said that the film "shows some of the signs of unchained ambition."[3] The Los Angeles Times said that "of all the towering blockbusters this summer, Dream With The Fishes has more heart than the lot of them."


  1. ^ "TAYLOR, FINN: Dream with the Fishes". Urban Cinefile. February 5, 2006. Archived from the original on 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  2. ^ "Business Data for "Dream with the Fishes". Retrieved 2006-02-05. 
  3. ^ "Review: Dream with the Fishes". Chicago Sun-Times. June 11, 1997. Retrieved 2006-02-05. 

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