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Beaches (1988)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  21 December 1988 (USA)
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A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.

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Michael Essex
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Victoria Essex
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CC (age 11)
Marcie Leeds ...
Hillary - Age 11
Carol Williard ...
Aunt Vesta
Allan Kent ...
Mr. Melman
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Sammy Pinkers
Lynda Goodfriend ...
Mrs. Myandowski
Nikki Plant ...
Iris Myandowski
Michael French ...
Head Waiter
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Storyline

When the New York child performer CC Bloom and San Fransisco rich kid Hillary meet in a holiday resort in Atlantic City, it marks the start of a lifetime friendship between them. The two keep in touch through letters for a number of years until Hillary, now a successful lawyer moves to New York to stay with struggling singer CC. The movie shows the various stages of their friendship and their romances including their love for the same man. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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friendship | new york | singer | stage | lawyer | See more »

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Some Friendships Last Forever See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Release Date:

21 December 1988 (USA)  »

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Beaches  »

Box Office

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$57,041,866 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The 1988 movie trailer included in the DVD incorrectly states that Barbara Hershey was an Academy Award nominee when the movie came out; Hershey was not an Oscar nominee until 1997 for The Portrait of a Lady (1996). See more »

Goofs

Late in the movie, we see C.C. standing against the beach house. There's shot of her walking to center of deck, followed by another of her still against the beach house. See more »

Quotes

Hillary: I just want to get back to my hotel, but I can't remember the name!
CC Bloom: Ritzy or Cheap?
Hillary: I guess it's Ritzy.
CC Bloom: Does it have a fountain in front, a pool inside, and a bunch of fruits in monkey suits playing violins in the lobby?
Hillary: Yes! That's it!
CC Bloom: You bet your ass it's Ritzy! It's the Marlboro Blenheim.
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Baby Mine
Music and Lyrics by Ned Washington and Frank Churchill
Arranged by Marc Shaiman, Arif Mardin, Robbie Buchanan and Robbie Kondor
Produced by Arif Mardin
Performed by Bette Midler
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"I like American movies now!"
9 April 1999 | by (Shanghai, China) – See all my reviews

I was in another country once where the only American films they showed in the cinema were either the ultra-violent (Jean-Claude Van Damme / Steven Segal movies) or the ultra-steamy (e.g. "Basic Instinct", "Pretty Woman"). Many parents would refuse to let their children watch these, allowing them only to watch Indian movies. I tried frantically to convince some of the locals that there were many other kinds of American films that they would love. They didn't believe me. So, I rented a video - "Beaches". After watching it, the people around me were shocked and said, "I like American movies now!"

Two unlikely friends meet by chance in childhood and keep up their friendship over the years through ups and downs, crises and victories, and reversing economic positions more than once. They inspire each other and fight over the same men. Hershey plays a girl raised in a rich conservative family while Midler plays an eccentric and poor show-biz wannabe. Midler becomes rich and famous and Hershey rejects her pompous upbringing becoming a poor lawyer working for the A.C.L.U.. But Midler cannot handle the new fame and fortune and Hershey cannot deal with her new lifestyle devoid of pampering. This rare tale of female friendship is a brilliantly-acted tearjerker. (10 out of 10)


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