#3: Geena Davis, 'Cutthroat Island'

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Cutthroat Island (1995) Year of Release: 1995
Budget: $98 million
Domestic Box Office: $10 million
What the Critics Said: "Towering over many of the men and strapping in her feminized pirate gear, Davis nonetheless seems similarly out of her element, with virtually all of her quirky appeal neutralized by the single-mindedly determined, straight-ahead demands of her action-hero role." - Todd McCarthy, Variety
Coroner's Report: There were a lot of ships sunk by this 1995 would-be swashbuckler, including the directing career of Davis's husband Renny Harlin, the leading-man hopes of Matthew Modine, and the financial solvency of the film's production company, Carolco Pictures, but none suffered as much, or fell so far, as Geena Davis. One of the biggest female talents of the late 80s and early 90s, with hits such as Beetle Juice, Thelma and Louise, and A League of Their Own underneath her belt, Davis saw her career prospects markedly narrow, with most of her film work after Cutthroat Island consisting of roles in the CGI talking-mouse trilogy of Stuart Little, Stuart Little 2, and Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild.
See Her Now In: Exit 19, a CBS cop show with Davis as "a quirky murder detective balancing her job as a Manhattan crimesolver with her role as a single suburban mom."

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