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Splash (1984)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance  |  9 March 1984 (USA)
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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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Tony DiBenedetto ...
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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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She was the woman of his dreams... she had large dark eyes, a beautiful smile and a great pair of fins. See more »


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Release Date:

9 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Splash: Jungfrau am Haken  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)


$69,800,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Debra Winger reportedly wanted the role of Madison, but Ron Howard turned her down. See more »


During the car chase near the end of the film, a flock of pigeons flies up as the car is approaching but immediately before this, there is only one pigeon in the path of the car. 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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KIMTA, There IS a Splash 2 !!
2 November 1999 | by (Jacksonville, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film brings out the best of three genres: Fantasy, Romance, and Comedy. Brilliantly done in all regards! The User named Kimta noted that she wishes there was a Splash II, but that it would have to be film completely underwater. Well... there is a Splash 2, but it didn't go in that direction! I wish it had, but they used a different cast and a different idea. It is still worth a look, but not near this film is style and class. This film gets a 10!

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