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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 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 »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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One of the most charming and irresistible romantic comedies ever! See more (91 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
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
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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:S | 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

Did You Know?

According to Biography Channel, Bill Murray and P.J. Soles were considered for the roles of Allen and Madison, but Murray turned it down.See more »
Factual errors: Joe Cirillo is credited as playing "Sergeant Munson", but his name badge in the movie reads "Edwards".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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Movie Connections:
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Any recommendations for other movies about mermaids?
Why does Madison have to return to the sea in six days?
Is the fairytale about 'The Little Mermaid' available to read online?
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
One of the most charming and irresistible romantic comedies ever!, 17 November 2009
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I will admit there have been some romantic comedies I have not liked, and others I have. One thing for certain though, I adore Splash! It is a beautiful, charming and sweet romantic comedy that has quickly become a favourite of mine. For instance the whole film is beautifully shot, with lovely cinematography and stunning underwater sequences. Plus New York looks absolutely gorgeous here.

The music is also delightful. The song in the end credits was so beautiful, I nearly cried. Maybe it was also to do with how it is sung; the vocals were sublime, and never spoiled the mood of the song. The script is funny and touching, more the latter than the former, but who cares? There are still some funny parts of the movie. The direction from Ron Howard was secure and focused throughout.

There were so many charming scenes in Splash! The ending certainly was exactly that, and a bit of a tear jerker as well. Another charming scene that springs to mind was the ice skating scene. Not only how it was filmed, but also the music featured. A perfect choice of music for that particular scene, the Skaters Waltz. I also thought that the movie's length was perfect, and the pacing was just fine.

And I can't write this review without mentioning the performances. Every single person did a superb job. Tom Hanks is charismatic and likable enough and was perfectly cast as Allan Bauer, a successful businessman who falls in love with a beautiful mermaid named Maddison. Speaking of Maddison, didn't Daryl Hannah look gorgeous here? She is a generally ignored actress, and she was positively charming. Eugene Levy plays a sort of bad guy, and he is funny as well as detestable. However, the film's humour comes from the late John Candy who is hilarious as Allan's brother.

All in all, I adore this movie. Out of all the romantic comedies I have seen, this has to be the most charming and possibly irresistible. I have been vocal before about not trying to take IMDb ratings to heart, but 6.2 is too low for this movie. It does deserve a higher rating than that. While not the best movie ever made, it is certainly one of my all time favourite movies for a number of reasons. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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