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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.


Ron Howard


Brian Grazer (based on a story by), Bruce Jay Friedman (screen story by) | 3 more credits »
2,707 ( 65)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Allen Bauer thought he'd never find the right woman... he was only half wrong! See more »


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Did You Know?


Jack McGee auditioned for the role of Fat Jack. See more »


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


[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

The version shown on Pop TV blurs any appearances of Madison's breasts or butt. See more »


Referenced in North Hollywood (2001) See more »


Wooly Bully
Written by Domingo Samudio
Performed by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs
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How to make love to a fish. Eighties romantic comedy classic which made Tom Hanks world famous overnight.
19 September 2018 | by imseegSee all my reviews

How to make love to a fish. That would sum up the bizarre story of this sweet and wild comedy featuring fantastic roles by Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah. However ludicrous the story might be, the movie really entices me with its wit and charm. Lovely and funny. Hilarious supporting role by John Candy, one of his best.

The story is really about falling in love with a mermaid, played by Darryl Hannah. She is human out of the water and only becomes a fish in the water. Can fish and human get together and fall in love? Wait and see. Recommended for all ages. This is one heck of a great family film, wich could be enjoyed by young and old.

The true star of this movie is undeniably Tom Hanks. The youthful energy of Tom Hanks just splashes across the screen in this movie. This movie launched his career way back in the eighties. I recently saw an old David Letterman interview with Tom Hanks prior to the release of this movie, boy did they NOT know back then how BIG Tom Hanks and this movie would become.

Hanks in his younger years was an uncontrollable force of comedy and wild antics. Seen it over 10 times by now, for sure. For every Tom Hanks fan this great comedy is a must watch. For anyone else just longing for a hilarious romantic comedy, they dont come much better than this...

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English | Swedish

Release Date:

9 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,174,059, 11 March 1984

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital (re-release)| Dolby Atmos (2012) (re-release)| DTS (2012) (re-release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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