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 ...
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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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Friends come and go but there's always one you're stuck with for life. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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13 January 1989 (USA)  »

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Eternamente amigas  »

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$57,041,866 (USA)
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Lainie Kazan didn't want to play C.C Bloom's mother, but after finding out Midler was in the film, she said yes in order to work with her See more »

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When Hilary comes to visit CC in her apartment in 1968, there is a picture of Patty Smith's 1974 album "Wild Horses" on the wall. See more »

Quotes

Hillary: I don't even remember what it was I was mad about and I don't care. Whatever it was that you did, I forgive you.
CC Bloom: What I did? You and your lousy letters. Just to get one of them made me special even before I opened it. All your crappy stories, all your big dreams.
Hillary: I didn't know that.
CC Bloom: Well, what the hell did you know? Did you know how bad things were for me? No, because you wouldn't even open my letters. If you had even answered one, just one! Told me what a jerk I was, anything! But you didn't. ...
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Referenced in True Blood: Beautifully Broken (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballin' the Jack
Music by Chris Smith
Lyrics by Jim Burris
Performed by Bette Midler and Grace Johnston a capella on the beach
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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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