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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 <staher2000@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Some Friendships Last Forever See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music


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Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eternamente amigas  »

Box Office


$57,041,866 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Taylor Neff was considered for the role of Hillary Whitney Essex (age 11). See more »


When CC, dressed as a rabbit, sings to John, she arrives at his apartment with a basket of carrots. As she leaves, the basket is missing, but once she gets outside, the basket is back again. See more »


CC Bloom: [the girls are dyeing their hair] Do I look like Marilyn? I don't look a thing like Marilyn!
Hillary: Ok, well, how's mine?
CC Bloom: Hillary, it's exactly the same color!
Hillary: No! It isn't!
CC Bloom: You just spent two hours dyeing your hair exactly the same color!
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Referenced in House M.D.: The Greater Good (2009) See more »


The Friendship Theme
Music by Georges Delerue
Arranged by Marc Shaiman, Arif Mardin, Robbie Buchanan and Robbie Kondor
Produced by Arif Mardin
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"What will I do without a best friend?" - Cecelia Carol Bloom
5 April 2002 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

"Beaches" is a movie about two people who have family, acquaintances, spouses, careers, etc. but they only had each other when they really needed a friend. That's what makes the ending so hard to take. I think we all can relate to that one or two special people (if you're lucky) in our lives who never actually "go away" even if they don't physically live close to you anymore. Months or even years can go by, but you always pick up where you left off, with ease, when you see or speak to them. You may annoy each other at times, but you will always love each other. They're always with you because you've shared so much. Some of us may never find our romantic long-lasting "soul mate", but this movie makes the excellent point of showing that if you find a true friend in life you are truly blessed.

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