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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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Joe
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Carrie
Jan Miner ...
Mother Superior
Betsy Townsend ...
Richard McElvain ...
Mr. Crain
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Mrs. Crain
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Coach Parker
William Paul Steele ...
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Pete Kovner ...
Perfect Family Father
Patricia Madden ...
Perfect Family Mother
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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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This is our mother. Pray for us. See more »

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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)

Gross:

$35,419,397 (USA)
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Actor Michael Schoeffling who plays Joe had previously appeared uncredited as an amputee soldier in this film's director Richard Benjamin's earlier movie Racing with the Moon (1984). See more »

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Mrs. Flax asks Lou if he can feed the girls since she has to run an errand to Boston. He tells her he can and has a pot roast. When she gets back to Lou's later, they have a roasted chicken for dinner. See more »

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Charlotte Flax: Oh, I'm going to hell for sure. Here he is, talking about his poor dead mother and I can't help wishing his hands were unbuttoning my dress!
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Referenced in The Making of 'The Addams Family' (1991) See more »

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"The 400 Blows", as seen through a girl's eyes
7 August 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

(Small-town Massachusetts fills in for Paris.)

Every shot, every nuance in this film is just right. That's mostly Richard Benjamin's doing, but the great cast got inspired -- maybe by the glowing fall colours, maybe by the nostalgic fashions of 1963 -- to really outdo themselves.

Richard Benjamin's direction deserves extra credit because he was not filming his own autobiography, the way François Truffaut was in 1959. Similarities in the two storylines encompass more than just the awkwardness of adolescence. (Charlotte watches the Singing Nun on television, while Antoine lights a candle before a holy image of Balzac.)

Cher is as good as she was earlier in "Moonstruck", while Winona exceeds her performance in "Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael". And they both prove they can be pretty in pink.

Bob Hoskins and Cher have a genuine chemistry. Who ever would have predicted that they would make the ideal romantic couple?

If there's a better, truer, or funnier story of a girl's coming of age, I haven't been lucky enough to see it.


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