The Thirteenth Year (1999)

TV Movie  |  TV-G  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  15 May 1999 (USA)
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A teen learns that his birth mother is a mermaid after he begins to grow fins and slimy scales on his thirteenth birthday.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chez Starbuck ...
Cody Griffin
Justin Jon Ross ...
Jess Wheatley
Big John Wheatley
Tim Redwine ...
Sean Marshall
Whit Griffin
Lisa Stahl ...
Sharon Griffin (as Lisa Stahl Sullivan)
Mrs. Nelson
Doctor Schwartz
Cameron Curtis ...
Craig Hauer ...
Sarah Elizabeth Combs ...


When Cody Griffin turns 13, things are going good. He is a star swimmer, he is getting interest from a girl named Sam, and he has a supportive family. Then he discovers that he may be turning into a fish. He also discovers who his true friends are. Written by Critic3

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Cody's Not Just Growing Up... He's Growing Fins!


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Release Date:

15 May 1999 (USA)  »

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The 13th Year  »

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Did You Know?


Kristen Stewart appeared as an uncredited extra (girl in the fountain line) and The Thirteenth Year (1999) is her first IMDb credit. Her mother, Jules Stewart, was the script supervisor for the TV movie. See more »


Electricity won't "jumpstart" a heart but rather stop it. It will do absolutely nothing for someone without a pulse. See more »


Jess Wheatley: Nerds don't have really friends; we just have hobbies.
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References Dungeons & Dragons (1983) See more »

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Very Disappointing for a Disney Movie
15 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seems like Disney tossed together a bunch of old scripts and hoped gold would pop out.

I expect better from Disney.

I think many young fans will like this but will feel disappointed when years later the watch the movie the remembered so fondly.

It seems like Disney figured the Disney name would bring enough people in but the movie can not hide the fact no effort was put into it other than some of the makeup effects.I also doubt parents can sit through this the way the can with so many other quality Disney offerings.

I would avoid this movie.

There are so many other Disney movies the whole family can enjoy.

Even a Disney live action movie like THAT DARN CAT holds up better than this

If you want to introduce the kids to excellent Disney fare watch a classic like Dumbo

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