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Mermaids (1990)

An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds.

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After yet another failed relationship, Mrs. Flax (Cher) ups her family to the east coast to start all over again. Reluctantly dragged along with her is her daughter Charlotte - going through a very confusing time of her life - who wants to become a nun, and instead falls in love with a quiet, mild-mannered church employee, to the mixed response of her mother. Set at around the time of the Kennedy Assassination. Written by Paul Skerry <pauls@miles33.co.uk>

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Mom Is Many Things. . .Normal Isn't One of Them. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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14 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi madre es una sirena  »

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Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,514,678 (USA) (16 December 1990)

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$35,419,397 (USA)
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According to 'The New York Times, "the performance inside the costume was engineered entirely by Cher". See more »

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The subtitle "1963" is shown as Charlotte watches Soeur Sourire perform "Dominique" on the 5 January 1964 broadcast of "The Ed Sullivan Show". See more »

Quotes

Rachel Flax: Death is dwelling on the past or staying in one place too long!
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Love Is Strange
Written by Sylvia Robinson, Mickey Baker and Bo Diddley (as E. McDaniel)
Performed by Mickey & Sylvia
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Winona's finest hour
25 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

Winona Ryder is fantastic in this movie - its a helluva part and she plays it for all it is worth. Whether she is worshipping Joe (the local hunk-deluxe), or watching 'The Singing Nun' on television, she is completely believable. Her relationship with her less-than-perfect Mother (Cher) is also believable. As a bonus, you get Christina Ricci and Bob Hoskins and some beautiful cinematography. It also has a real feel for the 60's.

Downsides are one cliche too many (WHY does every movie that takes place in the 60's have to feature JFK's assassination?) and it goes on a tad too long, but its worth watching for sure.


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