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Writers (WGA):
Iris Rainer (novel)
Mary Agnes Donoghue (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 January 1989 (USA) See more »
The Friendship You'll Always Remember... In The Film You'll Never Forget See more »
A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Midler ... CC Bloom

Barbara Hershey ... Hillary Whitney Essex

John Heard ... John Pierce

Spalding Gray ... Dr. Richard Milstein

Lainie Kazan ... Leona Bloom

James Read ... Michael Essex

Grace Johnston ... Victoria Essex

Mayim Bialik ... CC (age 11)
Marcie Leeds ... Hillary - Age 11
Carol Williard ... Aunt Vesta
Allan Kent ... Mr. Melman

Phil Leeds ... Sammy Pinkers
Lynda Goodfriend ... Mrs. Myandowski
Nikki Plant ... Iris Myandowski
Michael French ... Head Waiter
Robert Ball ... Harry
Frank Campanella ... Doorman
Diane Frazen ... Marjorie

Michael Elias ... Seedy Bar Patron

Patrick Richwood ... T. Kuhn

Tracy Reiner ... Dept. Store Clerk

Zachary Weintraub ... ACLU Worker
Nicky Blair ... Tavern on the Green Maitre d'
Joshua Levinson ... Tavern on the Green Doorman
Lori Marshall ... Tavern on the Green Patron

Jenifer Lewis ... Diva (as Jenifer Jeanette Lewis)
Charlotte Crossley ... Diva
Julie Bond ... Diva (as Julie Burrows)
Kimberly Morgan ... Diva
Andrea Paris ... Diva
Adrienne Parker ... Diva
Melissa Bremner ... Peasant
Laura Fremont ... Peasant
Charles McGowan ... Peasant
Todd Niles ... Peasant
Caitlin McLean ... Peasant
Ken Miller ... Peasant
Bill Bohl ... Peasant
Steven Majewicz ... Phillipe De Brassiere

Joe Grifasi ... Otto Titsling
Mona Lyden ... Actor 1

Bill Applebaum ... Actor 2

Eddie Mekka ... Actor 3
Karin Calabro ... Actor 4
Keith McDaniel ... Actor 5
David Michael Giugni ... Actor 6
Lucinda Crosby ... TV Interviewer
Jack W. Larson ... Lawyer

Judith Baldwin ... Screaming Woman
Doris Hess ... Maura
Jane Dulo ... Hillary's Neighbor
Lisa Savage ... Michael's Mistress
Frank Buxton ... Doctor
Steve Restivo ... Pink Palm Bartender
Maureen Jennings ... Horse Teacher

Kathleen Marshall ... Delivery Room Nurse #1 (as Kathi Marshall)
Julie Paris ... Delivery Room Nurse #2
Clara Huff ... I.C.U. Nurse #1

Barbara Marshall ... I.C.U. Nurse #2

Scott Marshall ... Car Rental Agent
Cindy Riegel ... Airport Attendant

Mariann Aalda ... Ticket Seller
Bo Sabato ... Hollywood Bowl Stage Manager
Michael A. Salcido ... Miami Limo Driver

Anne Betancourt ... Miss Valdez
Harvey Keenan ... Man in Bagels
Lugene Britton ... Limo Driver
Arnold McCuller ... Hollywood Bowl Backup Singer
Carla Earle ... Hollywood Bowl Backup Singer
Katherine Singleton ... Hollywood Bowl Backup Singer
Ken Gibbel ... Cowboy Actor
Harvey Miller ... The Movie Director (as Harvey Alan Miller)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kevin Ash ... Bar Mitzva Guest (uncredited)
Sarah Blaze ... Madrigal Singer (uncredited)

Hector Elizondo ... Judge (uncredited)
Don Feldstein ... Fisherman (uncredited)

Whit Hertford ... Tom (uncredited)

Garry Marshall ... Audition Director (uncredited)

Marc Shaiman ... Pianist (uncredited)
Lori Sigrist ... Twin Cousin (uncredited)
Terri Sigrist ... Twin Cousin (uncredited)

Tom Willett ... Cowboy Movie Actor (uncredited)

Directed by
Garry Marshall 
Writing credits
Iris Rainer (novel) (as Iris Rainer Dart)

Mary Agnes Donoghue (screenplay)

Produced by
Nick Abdo .... co-producer
Bonnie Bruckheimer .... producer (as Bonnie Bruckheimer-Martell)
Bette Midler .... producer
Teri Schwartz .... executive producer
Margaret South .... producer (as Margaret Jennings South)
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Cinematography by
Dante Spinotti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Halsey 
Casting by
Mike Fenton 
Lynda Gordon 
Judy Taylor 
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
Art Direction by
William Barclay  (as Bill Barclay)
Frank Richwood 
Set Decoration by
Michael Bird 
Garrett Lewis 
Costume Design by
Robert De Mora 
Makeup Department
Stephen Abrums .... makeup artist
Bob Grimaldi .... hair stylist: second unit
Ed Jackson .... makeup artist: second unit
Renate Leuschner .... hair stylist (as Renate Lauchner-Pless)
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist
Bob Mills .... makeup artist
Allen Payne .... hair stylist
Eugenia Weston .... makeup artist
Craig Lyman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
William S. Beasley .... unit production manager
Roger Paradiso .... production manager: second unit
Jayne Armstrong .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nick Abdo .... second unit director
Bettiann Fishman .... second second assistant director
Jeff Okabayashi .... trainee assistant director
Ken Ornstein .... first assistant director: second unit
Benjamin Rosenberg .... first assistant director
Ellen H. Schwartz .... second assistant director
Art Department
William Barclay .... art director: second unit (as Bill Barclay)
Richard Baum .... assistant property master
Michael Bird .... set decorator: second unit
Tim Dent .... lead man
Harold Fuhrman .... set designer (as Harold L. Fuhrman)
Ann Miller .... property master
Joe F. Nelson .... stand-by painter
Richard Dean Rankin .... construction coordinator (as Richard Rankin)
Tom Shaw Jr. .... property master
Rick Young .... assistant property master
Peg McClellan .... illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lon Bender .... supervising sound designer
John Boyd .... re-recording mixer
Don Digirolamo .... re-recording mixer
George Fredrick .... sound editor (as George Fredericks)
Devon Heffley Curry .... adr editor
Robert Knudson .... re-recording mixer
Harrison D. Marsh .... utility sound technician (as Harrison Marsh)
Joseph A. Mayer .... adr editor (as Joe Mayer)
Dan M. Rich .... sound editor (as Dan Rich)
Louis Sabat .... boom operator: second unit
Frank Smathers .... sound editor
Douglas Vaughan .... boom operator
James E. Webb .... sound (as Jim Webb)
Linda Whittlesey .... sound editor
Michael D. Wilhoit .... sound editor (as Mike Wilhoit)
Special Effects by
Alan E. Lorimer .... special effects
Tony Parmelee .... special effects (uncredited)
Bill Erickson .... stunt coordinator
Gary Evans .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Paul E. Short .... stunts (uncredited)
Dan St. Duran .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Amorelli .... rigging gaffer (as Michael Amorelli)
Martin G. Beazell .... second assistant camera (as Marty Beazell)
Angelo Di Giacomo .... first assistant camera: second unit
Michael Genne .... camera operator
Louis Goldman .... still photographer: second unit (as Lou Goldman)
Chris Hammond .... electrician
Chip Largman .... othello theatrical lighting designer
Michael Laws .... assistant chief lighting technician
Jane O'Neal .... still photographer
Frederick Louis Perdue .... rigging grip (as Frederick Perdue)
Ray Quinlan .... gaffer: second unit
Richard Redlin .... second company grip
Scott M. Robinson .... key grip (as Scott Robinson)
Bill Silic .... gaffer (as William M. Silic)
Michael Stone .... director of photography: second unit (as Mike Stone)
Robert Ward .... key grip: second unit (as Bobby Ward)
Sandy Williams .... dolly grip (as Walter 'Sandy' Willimas)
Ken Sax .... special photography (uncredited)
Casting Department
Judith Bouley .... location casting: San Francisco second unit
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting: second unit (as Sylvia Faye)
Jory Weitz .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Dennison .... costumer
James Roberts .... wardrobe: second unit
Diana Wilson .... costumer
Pamela Wise .... costumer (as Pam Wise)
Susan J. Wright .... wardrobe: second unit
Lois DeArmond .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Ursula Schrader .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Terence Anderson .... apprentice film editor (as Terence Anderson Jr.)
Colleen Halsey .... supervising assistant film editor (as Colleen Kincaid)
Robyn Lewis .... post-production coordinator
Stephen L. Meek .... apprentice film editor (as Stephen Meek)
Michael Nash .... first assistant editor
Bruce Pearson .... color timer
Angel Pine .... assistant editor
Arthur Schmidt .... additional film editor
Location Management
Huw Davies .... location manager
Amy Herman .... assistant location manager: second unit
Ellen Lent .... location manager: San Francisco (as Ellen Winchell)
Steve Rose .... location manager: second unit
William T. Schneider .... location manager
Music Department
Steven Halpern .... music coordinator
Arif Mardin .... music producer
Jack Joseph Puig .... music engineer
John Richards .... music mixer
Marc Shaiman .... music supervisor
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Edward Iacobelli .... transportation captain: second unit
Tom F. Thomas .... transportation coordinator
Marco Paul .... unit driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Adell Aldrich .... script supervisor (as Adell Aldrich-Chavez)
Victoria Alley .... assistant choreographer
Bari Carrelli .... assistant: Mrs. Jennings
Gregg L. Daniel .... assistant to producer
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Craig Dietrich .... production assistant
Eileen Eichenstein .... production coordinator: second unit
Diane Frazen .... executive assistant: Mr. Marshall
Robert Gonzales .... assistant production auditor (as Robert Michael Gonzales)
Judy Hallin .... production assistant
Wendy S. Hallin .... production assistant
Christie Johnston .... production coordinator
Kathy Landing .... assistant: Bonnie Bruckheimer
Amy Lynn .... production assistant
Kathleen Marshall .... production assistant (as Kathi Marshall)
Keith McDaniel .... assistant choreographer
Thomas J. Peel .... assistant choreographer
Clara Quisenberry .... medical technical advisor
Blair Richwood .... assistant: Garry Marshall
Michelle Skoby .... assistant: Mr. Schwartz
Sara Spring .... assistant production coordinator
Allen E. Taylor .... production accountant
Philip E. Thomas .... production assistant
Dee Dee Wood .... choreographer
Jacqueline Roberts .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Barbara Marshall .... thanks (as Barbara Sue Wells)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Forever Friends" - Hong Kong (English title) (imdb display title)
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123 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

The Barbara Hershey screen test scenes where filmed on the Plaza Hotel lobby set of Big Business (1988). The scene where Hillary and C.C. are at the store where they have their big fight around the middle of the movie was also filmed on the same set (notice the carpet is the same).See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
CC Bloom:Harry, I did you catch that set? Those people loved me! So, I was wondering if I could borrow fifty dollars until pay day.
CC Bloom:What the hell is this, a piano bar or a Nazi work camp? I'm singing my heart out for bupkus, peanuts. I'm eating dog food and you can't even give me fifty dollars you already owe me?
[Harry hands her the money]
CC Bloom:Oh, Harry, you're an angel. If your mother hadn't been such a bitch, we could've shared something important.
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28 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
UNDERRATED, 4 May 2001
Author: Bill Treadway ( from Queens, New York

Garry Marshall's "Beaches" is another examination of friendship and how it can be affected over time. This theme was expertly handled by Arthur Penn in his 1981 masterpiece "Four Friends". "Beaches" is just as powerful, but it's predictable ending prevents it from truly reaching greatness and all sorts of odds and ends stick out.

But maybe it's meant to be that way. It is based on a novel, unread by me, and for all I know it could be truly faithful to the source material. But I can only judge from the film itself. And for one, I am tired of the syrupy ending that was popularized by 1970's excellent "Love Story".

But despite that, Marshall has directed a very good movie here. He may be coasting lately, but "Beaches" proves he's a natural at the type of genre I like best: the serious comedy. We laugh so we may not cry. That may sound corny, but it's true and many of my favorite films are that kind of film: "10" (Blake Edwards, 1979), "The Man Who Loved Women" (Edwards, 1983), "Skin Deep" (Edwards, 1989), "The Apartment" (Billy Wilder, 1960), "The Fortune Cookie" (Wilder, 1966), "Harry and Tonto" (Paul Mazursky, 1974) and "An Unmarried Woman" (Mazursky, 1978) to name a few.

The performances are first rate, especially Bette Midler, whom I'm only used to in comedies. With this film and "Stella". she proves what a truly great actress she really is. She deserved an Oscar nod for this performance. Barbara Hershey is fine as always in the kind of role she can play in her sleep.

One thing that really irritates me is the term "chick flick", which implies that it's only a "women's movie" and men are not only discouraged to see one, but not allowed to even enjoy it. And people I know say that if a man enjoys a so-called "chick flick", he must be gay.

Well, I am definitely heterosexual and am affirmed enough in my manhood to see and enjoy these films. Isn't it about time we just stop the bull and admit that we like these films too? Action is O.K., gore is fine for those who like that kind of thing, but I'd take an intelligent and moving comedy/drama anyday over T&A. And if other guys can't accept that, they're missing out on some good films.

***1/2 out of 4 stars

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