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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 ...
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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 <>

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Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eternamente amigas  »

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Lainie Kazan didn't want to play C.C Bloom's mother, but after finding out Midler is in the film, she said yes to work with her 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 »


Victoria Cecilia Essex: [singing] Pouncer Pouncer the wonder cat. I'm so glad you're not a rat, or a bat, or too fat.
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sad and funny at the same time.
22 July 2003 | by (hollywood, california) – See all my reviews

a very moving movie, about a friendship with barbara hershey and bette midler.. very sad from brooklyn,, and bette midler is great, and john hurt is also fantastic. see it one time for it is a very sad and heart wrenching movie. taxes the soul with strong emotion, especially for the feeling of lost ones and lost friends.

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