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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 3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Well-made comedy with a disturbing undertone of pessimism See more (102 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)
James 'Hotfeet' Davis ... Soldier (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 
Art Direction by
Jack T. Collis (uncredited)
John B. Mansbridge (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Norman Rockett (uncredited)
Philip Smith (uncredited)
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
Michael Listorti .... production assistant (uncredited)
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 .... re-recording mixer
Richard S. Church .... sound mixer
George Fredrick .... sound effects editor
Tom Gerard .... 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 .... re-recording mixer
Frank Regula .... 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
Patricia McCorkle .... casting: New York (as Pat McCorkle)
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)
Location Management
Harry Grier .... location manager: New York
B.J. Johnson .... location manager: Bahamas (as BJ Johnson)
William T. Schneider .... location manager: Los Angeles
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
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
Terry Terrill .... script supervisor: Los Angeles
Moby Griffin .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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111 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Jack McGee auditioned for the role of Fat Jack.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Allen hails a cab without his tuxedo jacket on, or in his hands, yet he has it by the time he arrives at Cape Cod. If you look closely, you can see the jacket tied around his waist; a buttonhole rests against his hip.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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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Well-made comedy with a disturbing undertone of pessimism, 15 August 2002
Author: PayOrPlay from Los Angeles

Splash is a really well-made Hollywood fantasy comedy, with early Tom Hanks already developing into the charismatic everyman and Darryl Hannah and John Candy at their best. But under the comedy and sweetness I have always thought there was a disturbing undertone of extreme pessimism--just what kind of ugly and cruel society do we live in, in which the mermaid Madison's only prospect is that she will be tortured, from which Hanks' character ultimately has to flee, never to see his beloved brother again? (The same dark undertone is even more pronounced, I think, in Ron Howard's next big hit Cocoon, where the old folks willingly escape an earth and families that don't seem to offer them anything anymore.)

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