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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 »
2,751 ( 17)
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?


In the scene that takes place just before a friend's wedding, Allen yells at a guy, "That's the news, ya want the weather?" Then Freddie tells him that's the bride's brother. The actor was Ron Howard's brother, Clint Howard. See more »


When Madison takes a saltwater bath, the water is steaming. Madison wouldn't live in hot water, so wouldn't she want a cold bath? 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

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


Referenced in Best of Saturday Night Live: Special Edition (1992) See more »


Love Came For Me
Written by Lee Holdridge and Will Jennings
Performed by Rita Coolidge
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User Reviews

Great work by Howard, Hanks, and company.
5 November 2011 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Sweet, charming 80's romantic fable about Allen Bauer (Tom Hanks), working in the produce business, who re-encounters the same blonde who rescued him from drowning as a child. Only he doesn't know what we do: she's actually a mermaid, and hot on her trail is a scientist, Walter Kornbluth (Eugene Levy) who's stubbornly determined to prove to the world that she's for real and he's not a dreaming crackpot. This early collaboration between director Ron Howard and his longtime producer / partner Brian Grazer does admittedly go on a little long, but it's too likable for that to be much of a qualm. Beautiful Daryl Hannah is adorable and completely believable, in one of the better roles of her career. In fact, her wide eyed character - dubbed Madison by Allen since she tends to shatter glass when uttering her real name - conveys a real sense of wonder that sort of permeates the film. The underwater scenes near the beginning are quite enchanting, enhanced by Lee Holdridge's music. John Candy not surprisingly steals the show whenever he's around as Allen's devil may care older brother Freddie, who ultimately does have some depth to him - he's caring, not entirely irresponsible, and also helpful, and Candy is fun to watch. Levy's character comes off as an obsessed, unlikable nerd for a while until he reveals himself to be not such a bad guy (especially when compared to his associate, Dr. Ross (Richard B. Shull)), eventually redeeming himself in a big way. It's a good story, well told, with plenty of nice moments both dramatic and comedic (Madison learns English in one afternoon by watching TV) along the way, but it's really the characters and the appealing love story that holds it all together. One can't help but be moved by Madison's gesture of affection by purchasing a statue for Allen of which he was fond. Supporting performances by Shull, Dody Goodman, Shecky Greene, Bobby Di Cicco, Howard Morris, and Tony DiBenedetto are good, with familiar faces in small roles including Ron's dad and brother Rance and Clint (not to mention his wife Cheryl as a wedding guest), as well as Royce D. Applegate, Tony Longo, Joe Grifasi, and Bill Smitrovich; screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel also have bits. "Splash" is fine and involving entertainment sure to touch viewers and make them smile. It's a definite turn around from Ron's previous film, the more outrageous and raunchy (and very, very funny) "Night Shift", but it's a good indication of the versatility he's displayed over the years. Eight out of 10.

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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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