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Splash (1984)

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.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Brian Grazer (story), Bruce Jay Friedman (screen story) | 3 more credits »
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »


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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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

John Heard was considered for the role of Allen Bauer, and John Goodman was considered for the role of Freddie. See more »

Goofs

Allen hails a cab without his tuxedo jacket on, or in his hands, yet he has it by the time he arrives at Cape Cod. If you look closely, you can see the jacket tied around his waist; a buttonhole rests against his hip. 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

ABC cut 15 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Features Capitol (1982) See more »

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Love Came For Me
Written by Lee Holdridge and Will Jennings
Performed by Rita Coolidge
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Well-made comedy with a disturbing undertone of pessimism
15 August 2002 | by PayOrPlaySee all my reviews

Splash is a really well-made Hollywood fantasy comedy, with early Tom Hanks already developing into the charismatic everyman and Darryl Hannah and John Candy at their best. But under the comedy and sweetness I have always thought there was a disturbing undertone of extreme pessimism--just what kind of ugly and cruel society do we live in, in which the mermaid Madison's only prospect is that she will be tortured, from which Hanks' character ultimately has to flee, never to see his beloved brother again? (The same dark undertone is even more pronounced, I think, in Ron Howard's next big hit Cocoon, where the old folks willingly escape an earth and families that don't seem to offer them anything anymore.)


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