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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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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 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 »

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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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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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Trivia

Freddy Bauer & Madison never meet, at least not on camera, and no mention is made that they met. 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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Love Came For Me
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Cheap, vulgar comedy
7 June 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Unlucky-in-love Tom Hanks falls for a beautiful blonde with a secret...she's a mermaid. Hanks is very young and very green in this movie, his voice has no range and he's whiny instead of appealing (and the jokes he's given, such as having "sex on top of the refrigerator", don't work because who wants to picture Hanks in such a situation?). Tom's transformation into a heel at the midway point is another liability (he's so cold to Daryl Hannah's mermaid that it's tough to forgive him even at the end). Witless antics with third-rate humor, leering overtures by John Candy as Hanks' slob brother, leaden pacing and ugly photography. The only saving grace is Hannah, who is enchanting in a role she was born to play. Too bad she's not in a better picture. ** from ****


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