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
Daryl Hannah swam with the mermaid tail so fast that her safety team could not keep pace with her. See more »
In the final car chase sequence, 2 men play chess in front of a clear walkway. When Allen and Madison pass them, a flock of pigeons suddenly appears, and rises into the air. When Allen drives in reverse to escape, the same pigeons fly backwards. See more »
[catches Freddie looking up women's skirts]
I dropped something.
Ralph, talk to him.
[Ralph smacks Freddie upside the head]
Listen to your father. Come on, from over there we can see Cape Cod.
We were just on Cape Cod. We could have stayed there, I would have saved twelve dollars.
Allen, sweetheart, don't you want to see Cape Cod?
[Allen shakes his head]
All right, darling, you know where we are if you change your mind.
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Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah swimming and coming to an underwater city. See more »
One TV version uses an alternate take of Madison entering a sunken ship; it's shown in long shot instead of the close-up of Daryl Hannah in the theatrical version. This is because Hannah's nipples can clearly be seen in that shot. Another take is used during the climactic underwater sequence for the same reason. See more »
A mermaid (Daryl Hannah) falls in love with a man (Tom Hanks). According to this movie, when a mermaid's tail completely dries it turns into legs. So, she tracks him down on land. They both immediately fall in love...but he has no idea that she's a mermaid. And a bumbling, evil scientist (Eugene Levy) knows she is and will do anything to prove it...
This was a HUGE hit in 1984--but I fail to see why. It has it's good points--it's beautifully directed by Ron Howard (the underwater sequences are magical). Dody Goodman throws in some truly funny moments as Hanks' scatterbrained secretary. Hannah is unbelievably beautiful and letter perfect as the mermaid--when she's stumbling around nude on dry land (mermaids don't wear clothes) her utter innocence is totally believable and very engaging. It's refreshing that this was given a PG rating despite the frequent glimpses of Hannahs' breasts. Also her getting used to life on land is very sweet. And Hanks (looking like a little kid) is very good and has a few laugh out loud lines in the movie. But that's about it.
I found the movie very slow (this does NOT need to go on for 2 hours); Levy was horribly unfunny as the scientist; John Candy (who could be good in the right role) is also unfunny as Hanks' brother; there are plot loopholes you could drive a truck through; I really didn't find it all that funny (I think I laughed 5 times--that's not good for a 2 hour movie); we have the boringly predictable military as the enemy role and there's an ending I just couldn't buy at all.
The only scenes that really work are with Hannah and Hanks. They have zero chemistry between them but they're both very good in their respective roles. And there are some nice directorial touches by Howard (it's hard to believe this was only his third film).
I can only give this a 5. I was bored most of the time.
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