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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
Produced byLarry Brezner
Timothy Marx
Written byCharlie Peters
CinematographyArthur Albert
Edited byHarry Keramidas
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 more than surprises him, as he has a heart attack and dies (hence the film's name). His large, dysfunctional family is brought together and finds 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 Tracy, a dancer; her ex-husband Boyd; an embalmer Peter, who is in love with Tracy; 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]

Box officeEdit

The film's first weekend generated $700,000.[4]


  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. ^ "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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