A drifter wanders into the life of a fish market owner and his wife and soon becomes a distraction for both spouses – a surrogate son for the husband and a secret lover for the wife.

EJO's Role

Edward James Olmos and Arie Verveen in Caught

Mr. Olmos' plays the lead, fish market owner Joe.

The Numbers

Caught was released on January 24, 1996, at the Sundance Film Festival.

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  • Maria Conchita Alonson also appeared in The Princess and the Barrio Boy, "Robert Altman's Gun", and Roosters with Edward James Olmos.
  • Caught was Edward James Olmos eighth time working with director Robert M. Young.

  • 1997 Bergamo Film Meeting: Robert M. Young won the Silver Rosa Camuna
  • 1997 Independent Spirit Awards: 3 nominations (Best Debut Performance: Arie Verveen; Best Director: Robert M. Young; Best Female Lead: Maria Conchita Alonso
  • 1996 NCLR Bravo Awards: Edward James Olmos won the NCLR Bravo Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film
  • 1996 National Board of Review (USA): Special recognition for "excellence in filmmaking."
  • 1997 Satellite Awards: Arie Verveen won the Special Achievement Award for Outstanding New Talent.


My Take

Okay, if I'm honest, my personal take on Caught boils down to one question... Why in the name of all that's holy would that woman want that boy when she could have THAT MAN!

But in all seriousness, the one intimate scene we see between husband (Edward James Olmos) and wife (Maria Conchita Alonso) in this film is amazingly sensual, making me seriously question the wife's sanity and priorities. Sure, it would help if he would be a little less passionate about fish and more available in the bedroom, but she could also be more supportive of his efforts to supply a living for them both, and acknowledge that he gave up his dreams in order to take care of their family.

Instead we have a spoiled wife looking for greener grass with a drifter (newcomer Arie Verveen) they suddenly find living under their roof, becoming the husband's surrogate son (their actual son is an first-class prick) and the wife's lover.

Needless to say, this erotic melodrama doesn't end happily, but it is an interesting journey to get there and the final moments are something of a surprise.

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