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Beaches (1988)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  13 January 1989 (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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Essex
Victoria Essex
CC (age 11)
Marcie Leeds ...
Hillary - Age 11
Carol Williard ...
Aunt Vesta
Allan Kent ...
Mr. Melman
Sammy Pinkers
Lynda Goodfriend ...
Mrs. Myandowski
Nikki Plant ...
Iris Myandowski
Michael French ...
Head Waiter


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 <>

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Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eternamente amigas  »

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$57,041,866 (USA)

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The position of Victoria's head on her pillow when CC is talking to her after the funeral. See more »


Young C.C.: Iris Myandowski is a hand-walking queer!
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Under The Boardwalk
Music and Lyrics by Arthur Resnick and Kenny Young
Arranged by Marc Shaiman, Arif Mardin, Robbie Buchanan and Robbie Kondor
Produced by Arif Mardin
Performed by Bette Midler
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Simply great!
22 January 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

There are good movies and there are those you'll never forget that you can see many many times. Beaches definitely goes into the latter category Actually I didn't get to see it until a few years ago, maybe because I'm a guy and this kind of movies aren't what guys usually rent but as one grows up, so does the appreciations for sensitive movies like Beaches.

The book is even better and I wish they had made the movie even longer with more stories from the novel.

I recommend Beaches to both women and men, if you think you couldn't cry from a movie - watch this and see if you're wrong - I was...

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