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Splash (1984)

A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saves him from drowning as a boy and falls in love not knowing who/what she is.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Brian Grazer (story), Bruce Jay Friedman (screen story) | 3 more credits »
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Stars: Tom Hanks, John Candy, Rita Wilson
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Cast

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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Taglines:

She was the woman of his dreams... she had large dark eyes, a beautiful smile and a great pair of fins. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

9 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Splash: Jungfrau am Haken See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,174,059, 11 March 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$62,100,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Daryl Hannah had been swimming "mermaid" style with her legs bound together since she was a child, due to her fascination with Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" story. In the documentary contained on the 20th Anniversary Splash! DVD, Tom Hanks recalled how the other cast members would drop French fries over the side of the tank to her as though she were a trained sea mammal, for she couldn't leave the water while her legs were "shrink-wrapped." See more »

Goofs

When Madison is in front of the televisions at Bloomingdale's, Allen asks what her name is. She replies in loud, screeching tones, shattering the televisions. When one television's screen breaks, its screen is clearly made of cardboard, not glass. It also shows the circuitry behind the picture tube, not the tube itself. 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

Referenced in Hinugot sa langit (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

She Works Hard for the Money
Written by Donna Summer and Michael Omartian
Performed by Donna Summer
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User Reviews

 
Splash
30 May 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Clever man meets mermaid comedy with Hanks fitting the bill as a lonely New York bachelor who falls in love with winsome mermaid Hannah. Candy is also delightful as Hanks' irresponsible brother. The script is very funny and director Howard has a wonderful eye for the sentimental and satiric.


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