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Release Date:
9 March 1984 (USA) See more »
Two days ago, this girl showed up naked at the Statue of Liberty. For Allen Bauer, it was love at first sight. Now, everyone is chasing her... trying to prove she's a mermaid. From the first laugh you'll be hooked. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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A "Splash" Of A Romantic Comedy! See more (94 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Hanks ... Allen Bauer

Daryl Hannah ... Madison

Eugene Levy ... Walter Kornbluth

John Candy ... Freddie Bauer
Dody Goodman ... Mrs. Stimler

Shecky Greene ... Mr. Buyrite
Richard B. Shull ... Dr. Ross
Bobby Di Cicco ... Jerry

Howard Morris ... Dr. Zidell
Tony DiBenedetto ... Tim, The Doorman (as Tony Di Benedetto)

Patrick Cronin ... Michaelson
Charles Walker ... Michaelson's Partner
David Knell ... Claude

Jeff Doucette ... Junior

Royce D. Applegate ... Buckwalter

Tony Longo ... Augie
Nora Denney ... Ms. Stein
Charles Macaulay ... The President

Ronald F. Hoiseck ... Dr. Johannsen
Lou Tiano ... Bartender

Joe Grifasi ... Manny

Rance Howard ... McCullough
Corki Grazer ... Wife (as Corki Corman-Grazer)

Fred Lerner ... Husband
David Lloyd Nelson ... Lt. Ingram
Al Chesney ... Fat Jack
Lowell Ganz ... Stan, the Tour Guide
James Ritz ... T.V. Dept. Manager
Maurice Rice ... TV Salesman
Babaloo Mandel ... Rudy
Pierre Epstein ... Dr. Hess

Cheryl Howard ... Girl at Wedding
Louisa Marie ... Girl at Wedding

Valerie Wildman ... Wedding Guest
Christopher Thomas ... Wedding Guest

Rick Dano ... Wedding Guest (as Richard Dano)

Clint Howard ... Wedding Guest
Ron Kuhlman ... Man with Date
Lori Kessler ... Girl with Date
Joe Cirillo ... Sergeant Munson
Tom Toner ... Parilli

Lee Delano ... Sergeant Leleandowski

Migdia Chinea ... Wanda (as Migdia Varela)
Jack Denton ... Man by Elevator
Nick Cinardo ... George
Fil Formicola ... Policeman
Than Wyenn ... Mr. Ambrose
Clare Peck ... TV Reporter
Eileen Saki ... Dr. Fujimoto

Jodi Long ... Reporter
Victoria Lucas ... Reporter

Jeffrey Dreisbach ... Reporter
Amy Ingersoll ... Reporter

Daryl Edwards ... Reporter
Jack Hallett ... Reporter

Bill Smitrovich ... Ralph Bauer
Nancy Raffa ... Mary Bauer
David Kreps ... Young Allen
Jason Late ... Young Freddie
Shayla Mackarvich ... Young Madison (as Shayla MacKarvich)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

April Adams ... Skater (uncredited)
Margaret Benczak ... Skater in Ski Sweater (uncredited)

Jill Jacobson ... Jill - Girl in Bar (uncredited)
Vincent Jerman-Jerosa ... Vinny (uncredited)
Charles Mitchell ... National Guard Soldier (uncredited)

Ilana Rapp ... Apartment Dweller (uncredited)
Lilian Sasson ... Guest at Presidential Banquet (uncredited)

Nick Vallelonga ... News Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Howard 
Writing credits
Brian Grazer (story)

Bruce Jay Friedman (screen story)

Lowell Ganz (screenplay) &
Babaloo Mandel (screenplay) and
Bruce Jay Friedman (screenplay)

Produced by
Brian Grazer .... producer
John Thomas Lenox .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lee Holdridge 
Cinematography by
Donald Peterman (director of photography) (as Don Peterman)
Film Editing by
Daniel P. Hanley 
Mike Hill  (as Michael Hill)
Casting by
Bill Shepard 
Production Design by
Jack T. Collis 
Costume Design by
May Routh 
Makeup Department
Judi Goodman .... hair stylist: New York
Bruce Hutchinson .... makeup artist
Carol Pershing .... hair stylist: Los Angeles
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup supervisor
Karen Kubeck .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
John Naulin .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Robert Short .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joseph P. Kane .... production supervisor: New York
John Thomas Lenox .... production manager
Ira Marvin .... production supervisor: New York
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hans Beimler .... second assistant director (as Hans Anthony Beimler)
Christopher Griffin .... second assistant director
Jan R. Lloyd .... first assistant director
Doug Metzger .... second assistant director
Jay Tobias .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
John B. Mansbridge .... art director: Los Angeles
Norman Rockett .... set decorator: Los Angeles
Wilbur L. Russell .... property master (as Wilbur L. 'Rusty' Russell)
Philip Smith .... set decorator: New York
Robert Wilson Sr. .... property master: New York (as Bob Wilson Sr.)
Dennis J. Parrish .... props (uncredited)
Richard Shelton .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Nick Alphin .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard S. Church .... sound mixer
George Fredrick .... sound effects editor
Tom Gerard .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Hathaway .... sound supervisor (as Bob Hathaway)
Al Maguire .... dialogue editor
Joe Parker .... supervising sound effects editor (as Joseph Parker)
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Regula .... sound re-recording mixer
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Linda Murphy .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Hans Metz .... special mechanical effects: Los Angeles
Robert Short .... mermaid design and construction
Roland Tantin .... special effects supervisor: Los Angeles
Karen Kubeck .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Peter Anderson .... visual effects photography
Phil Meador .... special photographic effects supervisor (as Philip Meador)
Mitch Suskin .... special visual effects supervisor
Danny Aiello III .... stunts (as Daniel Aiello)
Bill Anagnos .... stunts
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (as Jophery Brown)
John Cade .... stunts
Al Cerullo .... stunts (as Al Cerullo Jr.)
Lisa Dalton .... stunts (as Lisa Löving)
John DeBello .... stunts (as John De Bello)
Len DeVirgilio .... stunts (as Len De Virgilio)
Tim Gallin .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunt coordinator: Bahamas
Erik Koniger .... stunts (as Erik Königer)
Anne Senelly Kyle .... stunts (as Anne Senelly)
Victor Magnotta .... stunt coordinator: New York
Mike Mirkin .... stunts (as Michael Mirkin)
Edgard Mourino .... stunt coordinator: New York
Eric Mourino .... stunts (as Erick E. Mourino)
Catherine Schultz .... stunts
A.L. Sheppard .... stunts
Alex Stevens .... stunts
Mark Sutton .... stunts
Roy Thomas .... stunts
Fred Waugh .... stunt coordinator: Los Angeles
Jesse Wayne .... stunts
Peggy Westmoreland .... stunts
Tom Wright .... stunts
Scott Leva .... stunts (uncredited)
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer: Los Angeles
Louis Cappeta .... key grip: New York (as Lou Cappeto)
John J. Connor .... camera operator: Los Angeles (as John Connor)
Craig DiBona .... panaglide operator: New York
David Doubilet .... underwater still photographer: Bahamas
S. Karin Epstein .... still photographer: New York (as S. Karen Epstein)
Jon Fauer .... camera operator: New York (as John Fauer)
Gerald A. King .... key grip: Los Angeles (as Jerry King)
Jordan Klein Sr. .... underwater director of photography: Bahamas (as Jordan Klein)
Kal Manning .... chief lighting technician (as Kalani Manning)
Jon R. Tower .... chief lighting technician: New York (as Jon Tower)
Lawrence Grauman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jordan Klein Jr. .... underwater camera opearator: second unit (uncredited)
Keith Peterman .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Scott Rathner .... second assistant camera: New York (uncredited)
Tim Ryan .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Pat McCorkle .... casting: New York
Dan Tyra .... extras casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandy Berke Jordan .... key costumer
Jody Berke .... costumer: men, New York
Charles DeMuth .... costumer: men, Los Angeles (as Charles De Muth)
Jack Sandeen .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Carol Ann Jackson .... assistant editor
Roger Tweten .... assistant editor (as Roger W. Tweten)
Music Department
Alf Clausen .... additional orchestrator
Sidney James .... music coordinator
Richard Luckey .... music editor (as Richard S. Luckey)
Shawn Murphy .... music scoring mixer
Jack Wadsworth .... supervising music editor
Brad Dechter .... music arranger: source arrangements (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gary Paulsen .... transportation coordinator (as Gary D. Paulsen)
Nick D'Elia .... driver: news truck (uncredited)
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
James Steven Claridge .... nautical coordinator: Bahamas
Sam Crespi .... assistant: Mr. Grazer
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Lyla Foggia .... unit publicist
Harry Grier .... location manager: New York
B.J. Johnson .... location manager: Bahamas (as BJ Johnson)
Cleve Kingston .... production coordinator: New York
Bobbi Kronowitz .... production coordinator
Louisa Marie .... assistant: Mr. Howard
Gavin McKinney .... nautical coordinator: Bahamas (as Gavin A. McKinney)
Mike Nomad .... swimming choreographer
David Oliver .... title designer
Susana Preston .... script supervisor: New York
Jane Raab .... production coordinator: New York
William T. Schneider .... location manager: Los Angeles
Terry Terrill .... script supervisor: Los Angeles
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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111 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:S | France:U | Iceland:L | Netherlands:MG6 (DVD rating) | Norway:12 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) | Sweden:7 | UK:PG | USA:PG | West Germany:6

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At the time of filming, Daryl Hannah was extremely shy about her body. According to director Ron Howard, she wore both band-aids and makeup over her nipples to conceal them.See more »
Continuity: When Kornbluth climbs onto the boat after the hose is pinched off, a regulator is attached to his tank. When the scene cuts to him after he berates the idiot twins, the regulator is missing from the tank. His wetsuit is still wet, indicating that he has just left the water.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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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A "Splash" Of A Romantic Comedy!, 18 September 2005
Author: mdm-11 from United States

Here's a true piece of Hollywood Candy, a sweet as they come! An 8-year old boy falls off of a tour boat at Cape Cod and is saved from drowning by what appears to be a little girl mermaid. The boy never forgets about what happened that day, although everyone insists he was hallucinating.

Years later, now a man (and played by Tom Hanks), another trip to Cape Cod brings dejavu: Hanks falls off of a tour boat and is rescued by an all grown mermaid (played by Daryl Hannah). Could it be the same mermaid that saved him when he was a boy? -- The mermaid has normal legs when kept dry, but once splashed with water, the legs turn into fish fins. Hannah is able to conceal her true identity, until a "bad guy" exposes her. There are complications, but eventually everything comes up roses.

One great scene is where the grown up mermaid spends 6 hours in the electronics department of a store, and learns the English language fluently by watching TV non-stop. Cute! -- This film is very entertaining and helps us feel compassion for anyone who is somehow different from what society considers the norm. The somewhat predictable ending is beautiful! Highly recommended, especially to the hopelessly romantic cinema enthusiasts out there!

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