Lawrence is a rich kid with a bad accent and a large debt. After his father refuses to help him out, Lawrence escapes his angry debtors by jumping on a Peace Corp flight to Southeast Asia, ... See full summary »
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
Robert Short is credited as the man behind the mermaid costume. He initially pictured the mermaid with a dolphin-esque tail as it would make "biological sense" but Howard rejected the design insisting on a more tropical look. Short eventually created a tail based on koi fish. He would later admit that this was a genius idea since "you lose a lot of color underwater" the red tail stood out more. See more »
Madison says she only has a week and must return when the moon is full. Twice when the moon is shown the phase is of about a week after full moon rather than a week before full moon. The dark sliver should be on the left rather than the right. See more »
[catches Freddie looking up women's skirts]
I dropped something.
Ralph, talk to him.
[Ralph smacks Freddie upside the head]
Listen to your father. Come on, from over there we can see Cape Cod.
We were just on Cape Cod. We could have stayed there, I would have saved twelve dollars.
Allen, sweetheart, don't you want to see Cape Cod?
[Allen shakes his head]
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 »
Over-achieving little film that was directed by Ron Howard and stars Tom Hanks as a young man who finds the woman of his dreams (Daryl Hannah). The only problem: she is really a mermaid. A smart screenplay and some real drama in the film save this project which could have been a disaster, but ends up being a nice piece of entertainment. Eugene Levi and John Candy are appropriately hilarious in supporting turns. 4 stars out of 5.
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