A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saves him from drowning as a boy and falls in love not knowing who/what she is.



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Allen Bauer is rescued from drowning as a young boy off Cape Cod by a young mermaid. Years later, he returns to the same location, and once again manages to fall into the sea, and is rescued once more by the mermaid (Allen isn't sure what he has seen and what he has imagined). Using maps from a sunken ship, the mermaid decides to search for Allen in New York City, sprouting legs when her tail dries. On finding Allen, they fall in love, but she has a secret, which will no longer be a secret if she gets her legs wet. Written by Rob Hartill

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Allen Bauer thought he'd never find the right woman... he was only half wrong! See more »


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Release Date:

9 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Splash: Jungfrau am Haken  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)


$69,800,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Jeff Bridges, Richard Gere, Kevin Kline, David Morse, Burt Reynolds, Robin Williams and Robert Klein were considered for the role of Allen Bauer. See more »


When Allen falls into the water after Fat Jack's boat hits him, his wallet falls out of his pocket and rests on a coral reef. The ocean off Cape Cod is much too cold for coral reefs. See more »


[first lines]
Mary Bauer: [catches Freddie looking up women's skirts] Freddie!
Young Freddie: I dropped something.
Mary Bauer: Ralph, talk to him.
[Ralph smacks Freddie upside the head]
Mary Bauer: Listen to your father. Come on, from over there we can see Cape Cod.
Ralph Bauer: We were just on Cape Cod. We could have stayed there, I would have saved twelve dollars.
Mary Bauer: Allen, sweetheart, don't you want to see Cape Cod?
[Allen shakes his head]
Mary Bauer: All right, darling, you know where we are if you change your mind.
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Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah swimming and coming to an underwater city. See more »


Referenced in Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Ultimatum (1999) See more »


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An 80's Love Story CLASSIC! Great Movie!
20 November 2003 | by (Nashville, TN) – See all my reviews

If you grew up in the 80's, you can see why this movie still is a great classic! Great acting from Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah and a story line that can be taken funny as well as seriously. If you didn't see this movie in the 80's you probably won't appreciate it that much. I would rank it with other greats such as Teen Wolf, Heathers, etc. "Behold, the mermaid!"..lol..

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