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Splash (1984)

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A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saved him from drowning as a boy. He falls in love with her, not knowing who or what she is.

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Ron Howard

Writers:

Brian Grazer (based on a story by), Bruce Jay Friedman (screen story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Allen Bauer
Daryl Hannah ... Madison
Eugene Levy ... Walter Kornbluth
John Candy ... Freddie Bauer
Dody Goodman ... Mrs. Stimler
Shecky Greene ... Mr. Buyrite
Richard B. Shull ... Dr. Ross
Bobby Di Cicco ... Jerry
Howard Morris ... Dr. Zidell
Tony DiBenedetto Tony DiBenedetto ... Tim - The Doorman (as Tony Di Benedetto)
Patrick Cronin ... Michaelson
Charles Walker ... Michaelson's Partner
David Knell ... Claude
Jeff Doucette ... Junior
Royce D. Applegate ... Buckwalter
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Storyline

Allen Bauer is rescued from drowning as a young boy off Cape Cod by a young mermaid. Years later, he returns to the same location, and once again manages to fall into the sea, and is rescued once more by the mermaid (Allen isn't sure what he has seen and what he has imagined). Using maps from a sunken ship, the mermaid decides to search for Allen in New York City, sprouting legs when her tail dries. On finding Allen, they fall in love, but she has a secret, which will no longer be a secret if she gets her legs wet. Written by Rob Hartill

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Two days ago, this girl showed up naked at the Statue of Liberty. For Allen Bauer, it was love at first sight. Now, everyone is chasing her... trying to prove she's a mermaid. From the first laugh you'll be hooked. See more »


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Trivia

At the time of filming, Daryl Hannah was extremely shy about her body. According to director Ron Howard, she wore both band-aids and makeup over her nipples to conceal them. See more »

Goofs

From the wedding scene to the next scene in the bar, Freddie's hair is noticeably shorter. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mary Bauer: [catches Freddie looking up women's skirts] Freddie!
Young Freddie: I dropped something.
Mary Bauer: Ralph, talk to him.
[Ralph smacks Freddie upside the head]
Mary Bauer: Listen to your father. Come on, from over there we can see Cape Cod.
Ralph Bauer: We were just on Cape Cod. We could have stayed there, I would have saved twelve dollars.
Mary Bauer: Allen, sweetheart, don't you want to see Cape Cod?
[Allen shakes his head]
Mary Bauer: All right, darling, you know where we are if you change your mind.
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Crazy Credits

Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah swimming and coming to an underwater city. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some versions cut out the part where Freddie talks in Swedish to the guard. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Why Gump? Why Now? (1994) See more »

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She Works Hard for the Money
Written by Donna Summer and Michael Omartian
Performed by Donna Summer
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Lovely romantic fish-out-of-water comedy
22 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

SPLASH (1984) **** Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Shecky Greene. Excellent fantasy comedy directed by Ron Howard about produce salesman Hanks who, unbeknownst to him, falls in love with a mermaid (innocently played nicely by Hannah) in Manhattan and asking the immortal question: Is love blind? Superb support ably handled by Candy as Hanks' would-be swinging bachelor brother and Levy as a mad-as-a-hatter obsessed marine biologist intent on exposing Madison (named after the avenue). Best bits: Hanks' opening soliloquy about him not finding love in a bar and Hannah's gift of love: a water fountain.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

9 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,174,059, 11 March 1984

Gross USA:

$69,821,334

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,821,334
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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