Passed Away (film)

Passed Away is a 1992 American ensemble comedy film directed and written by Charlie Peters.

Passed Away
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Promotional poster
Directed byCharlie Peters
Written byCharlie Peters
Produced byLarry Brezner
Timothy Marx
CinematographyArthur Albert
Edited byHarry Keramidas
Music byRichard Gibbs
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • April 24, 1992 (1992-04-24)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$4 million


Jack Scanlan is a union leader who returns to work after having a heart attack. His son Frank arranges a welcome back surprise party for Jack, which unfortunately does more than surprise him, as he has another heart attack and dies, because he was actually prone to panic attacks brought on by stress or excitement such as being startled (by things such as people yelling out the word "surprise"), which is apparently what caused his first heart attack. The members of his large, dysfunctional family are brought together and find themselves dealing with all of their emotional baggage.

Everybody's assorted issues are brought to light. The relatives include his children: eldest son Johnny, a tree surgeon who wants more adventure in his life; his brother Frank, a labor leader who wants to live up to his father's expectations; their sister Terry, a dancer; her ex-husband Boyd; an embalmer Peter, who is in love with Terry; and a younger sister Nora, who is a nun based in Latin America.

There are unfamiliar faces too, like a woman named Cassie who turns up at the funeral and may or may not have been their late father's mistress. It is a chance for everyone to get acquainted or reacquainted, and it's all in the family.



The movie received mixed reviews.[1][2][3] According to the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 10% of 10 critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 4.4/10.[4] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B-" on an A+ to F scale.[5]

Box officeEdit

The film's first weekend generated $700,000.[6]


  1. ^ "Review/Film; Carefree Look at Death Reveals Family Conflicts". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-09.
  2. ^ "Passed Away". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2012-06-09.
  3. ^ Thomas, Kevin. MOVIE REVIEW : 'Passed Away' a Wise, Wry Look at Life". Los Angeles Times. April 24, 1992.
  4. ^ Passed Away, Rotten Tomatoes, retrieved 2022-04-24
  5. ^ "Home". CinemaScore. Retrieved 2022-04-24.
  6. ^ "Nationwide Box Office Plunges : Receipts: Movie industry sources say that grosses were down about 37%, partly due to civil unrest in the L.A. area". Los Angeles Times. 1992-05-05. Retrieved 2012-06-09.

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