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Credited with introducing the girl's name Madison, which has since become one of the most popular names for newborn girls in the early 21st century.
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The fountain from the movie is now on display at "Disney's" "MGM Studios" at Walt Disney World. The mermaid fin Daryl Hannah wore is behind the bar at Planet Hollywood in Downtown Disney.
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The scene at the racquetball court, where John Candy serves and the ball hits him in the head, was done in one take.
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Daryl Hannah swam with the mermaid tail so fast that her safety team could not keep pace with her.
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Ariel in "The Little Mermaid (1989)" was originally blonde, but was made a redhead to look different from Madison.
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Ron Howard turned down directing duties on Mr. Mom (1983) and Footloose (1984) in order to make this movie.
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The beach where Allen first encounters the nude Madison is on the former Gorda Cay in the Bahamas, which now is known as Castaway Cay, the private island of Disney Cruise Line.
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The first film released under Disney's Touchstone Pictures label, which was created so the studio could release more adult-oriented fare.
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Daryl Hannah's fin weighed 35 pounds. It took technicians three hours each day to put it on her, and she had to remain still while it was being attached. "At lunch they'd yank me out on a crane and plop me on the deck," she told People. "I couldn't eat because I couldn't go to the bathroom. I just lay there shivering with barnacles in my hair, soaking wet."
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Robert Short is credited as the man behind the mermaid costume. He initially pictured the mermaid with a dolphin-esque tail as it would make "biological sense" but Howard rejected the design insisting on a more tropical look. Short eventually created a tail based on koi fish. He would later admit that this was a genius idea since "you lose a lot of color underwater" the red tail stood out more.
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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 as she couldn't leave the water while her legs were "shrink-wrapped."
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John Candy originally wanted to play Dr. Walter Kornbluth. Ron Howard convinced him to play Freddie instead. Candy then recommended Eugene Levy for the role.
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At the time of filming, Daryl Hannah was extremely shy about her body. According to director Ron Howard, she wore both band-aids and makeup over her nipples to conceal them.
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Daryl Hannah, a vegetarian, refused to eat real lobster for the restaurant scene. The crew scooped out the insides of real, cooked lobsters and filled them with hearts of palm and mashed potatoes. Ron Howard said Hannah cried after each take over the deaths of the lobsters for their shells.
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Tom Hanks has always claimed that he was 11th choice to play the main role.
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The film was rushed into production to compete with a similar film called Mermaid about a mermaid starring Warren Beatty and written by Robert Towne. A possible actors' strike delayed progress, and eventually the project was declared dead.
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Before Tom Hanks accepted the role of Allen Bauer, it had already been turned down by Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Dudley Moore, John Travolta, and Michael Keaton. Travolta passed on the advice of his agent. Jeff Bridges, Richard Gere, Kevin Kline, David Morse, Burt Reynolds, Robin Williams, John Heard, Christopher Reeve, and Robert Klein were also considered for the role.
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The scene where a television show makes Madison upset, and Allen explains the television show is fictional and didn't really happen, was originally going to set up a later joke where Madison watches a real-life plane crash on the news and laughs.
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The "Crazy Eddie" commercial that surprises Madison was for a real electronics store. Eddie and Sam M. Antar opened Crazy Eddie in Brooklyn, New York in 1971. Their spokesman was WPIX-FM disc jockey Jerry "Dr. Jerry" Carroll, whose frenetic nonstop sales pitch was based on used car salesman Earl "Madman" Muntz. The pitch always ended with "Crazy Eddie, his prices are IN-SA-A-A-A-A-A-ANE!" The chain grew to 43 stores in four states. It closed in 1989 after charges of fraud and security violations.
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Brian Grazer came up with the idea for the film in 1977 while driving down the Pacific Coast Highway and thought about what it would be like to meet a mermaid and fall in love.
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When Madison takes a bath to transform back into a mermaid, the effect of the skin turning into scales was done by using a vacuum effect on an appliance that was placed over Daryl Hannah's leg. Hannah was required to place her left hand over the edge of the appliance to hide the edge of the effect. When the vacuum was activated, the upper layer of fake skin was pulled down over the false scales, and a false pectoral fin was triggered to extend upwards, completing the illusion. Note that some of the scales don't fully appear as they didn't fully pull down because of the vacuum effect.
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When Disney launched their Disney+ streaming service they edited the scene where Madison kisses Alan and runs into the sea. The edit, extending Madison's hair to cover her exposed bottom more, was poorly done and ridiculed on the internet.
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The cab driver who tells the Marine, "Up yours, Gomer! I'm waiting for a fare!" is the same cab driver who drives Allen from New York City to Cape Cod.
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A New York cab fare from Manhattan to Cape Cod in 1984 would have cost somewhere around $285 (about $700 in 2018 money). The cab ride would have taken about four and a half hours and covered 250 miles.
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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.
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The shot of Madison leaping out of the water as a mermaid, after she encounters Allen on the beach, was performed with a springboard within the water. The springboard was charged and propelled a stunt woman, wearing the mermaid tail, upwards through the water and into the air.
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Steve Guttenberg auditioned for the lead but did not get the part. However, Ron Howard did give him a role in his next picture, "Cocoon (1985)."
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According to Ron Howard on the YouTube series "Reunited Apart", John Candy had arrived late to the set one day and held up the shoot, which was unlike the actor as he was a professional. When he arrived, he apologized to Howard profusely, to which Howard said it was fine and they'd start shooting. Candy said to Howard that he actually hadn't slept and was actually drunk, given the actor had gone to a bar where he met Jack Nicholson, who recognized Candy and supplied him with drinks all night. Candy had said "But I've got to go shoot." and Nicholson had simply said "You're going to be all right, kid. Don't worry about it." Candy subsequently shot his scene being hit with the ball on the racquetball court and succeeded on the first take.
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Though it's not explained in the movie how Walter Kornbluth managed to track down Madison and Allen in a city as large as New York, it's revealed in the novelization that he hung around the police station and bribed several cops for information about the mysterious naked girl.
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Tom Hanks had trouble with the water scenes, partly because he was a smoker.
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The map from the shipwreck that Madison uses to find Allen's home is an old map of the Province of New York. It bears the name 'His Excellency William Tryon Esq.' Tryon was the colonial governor of the Province of New York from 1771 to 1780.
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While Allen is offering girls' names to the mermaid before she settled on Madison, the last two he suggests are Elizabeth and Samantha. Elizabeth Hanks is Tom Hanks's daughter and Samantha Lewes was his then-wife.
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It was nominated for "Best Original Screenplay" at The 57th Annual Academy Awards (1985) but lost to Places In The Heart (1984). Before presenting the Award for Best Visual Effects, comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong joked that Daryl Hannah had won the award for "Best Tail."
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Despite being implied as a mermaid, the actress who played young Madison never actually wore a mermaid tail, and no young mermaid tail was made.

Instead the tail that splashes against the water, is a copy of the adult Madison mermaid fins, with the points at the fins cropped off, attached to a stick.

This was done out of convenience so that a scuba diver could just splash the tail from under the surface when needed.
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In addition to being offered the role of Allen Bauer, Michael Keaton was also offered the role of Freddie.
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When Madison watches television at the department store, the little boy in the toothpaste commercial is Emmanuel Lewis.
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Many actresses either auditioned for or were considered for the role of Madison, which went to Daryl Hannah. Jodie Foster auditioned, but turned it down in order to play a character in "The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)." Rosanna Arquette auditioned but had to back out. Brooke Shields reportedly turned down an offer to play Madison so she could study French Literature at Princeton. Before Daryl Hannah accepted the role of Madison, it had already been turned down by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Melanie Griffith, Genie Francis, Lynne Frederick, Fiona Fullerton, Diane Lane, Tatum O'Neal, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sharon Stone, and Kathleen Turner. Debra Winger reportedly wanted the role of Madison, but Ron Howard turned her down. Lisa Whelchel, due to her huge popularity as Blair from "The Facts of Life (1979)," also was considered for Madison. Tanya Roberts also auditioned for the role of Madison, but she turned it down because she was busy working on "Sheena (1984)." Ally Sheedy was considered for the role of Madison. According to the Biography Channel, Bill Murray and P.J. Soles were considered for the roles of Allen and Madison, but Murray turned it down.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
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According to Steven Bach's 1985 book "Final Cut: Dreams and Disaster in the Making of Heaven's Gate (1980)," producer Brian Grazer had originally pitched the film to United Artists. The book described "Splash" as "a comedy about a mermaid called 'Splash' that was so sweetly silly it was irresistible when producer Brian Grazer proposed it." It was one of many projects that was taken to another studio following the massive failure of "Heaven's Gate."
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Tim Allen and John Goodman were both considered for the role of Freddie Bauer, which eventually went to John Candy.
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The necklace that Madison wears was a way for the writers to connect the young girl from the start of the film with the young woman who rescues Allen. The necklace is prominently displayed to connect the two as the same character.
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Freddy Bauer & Madison never meet, at least not on camera, and no mention is made that they met - except the 'switch' towards the end of the film.
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John Heard was considered for the role of Allen Bauer, and John Goodman was considered for the role of Freddie.
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When Daryl Hannah had to leap out of the bathtub during the bath scene, there was no mat for a cushion, only the thick tail which still bruised her knees.
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Despite being themed after the film "Song of The South", the popular Disney Log Flume ride "Splash Mountain" was named as such by CEO Michael Eisner, oddly enough, in order to promote this film.
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The Penthouse magazine that Freddie Bauer was excited about having his letter published in ("The Lesbian No More"), were actually copies of the June 1983 issue of Penthouse, with Janet Sharpe on the cover.
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Jeff Bridges, Richard Gere, Kevin Kline, David Morse, Burt Reynolds, Robin Williams, and Robert Klein were considered for the role of Allen Bauer. David Morse and Tom Hanks would act together years later in The Green Mile.
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Despite being commonly called a fluke, the main, large tail fin of a fish is actually called a caudal fin. Marine mammals, such as dolphins and whales,however, have flukes, while fish have caudal fins.
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Shayla Mackarvich did not really wear a mermaid tail while playing young Madison in the prologue; it was actually attached to a pole held by a diver. Furthermore, she really cried during that scene due to her being topless.
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The mold used to make the mermaid fountain had also been used to make the ice sculpture in Herbie Goes Bananas (1980).
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The bath scene where Madison transforms back into a mermaid, in previous drafts and the original sequence of scenes, takes place after Madison and Allen see the fountain in the park. This would explain how Madison is more familiar with how things work in Allen's apartment like the faucets and why the salt is in the bedroom.
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Shelley Long was considered for the role of Madison.
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Daryl Hannah said it was such a pain to remove and put in the mermaid tail, that she would just leave it in and stay in the water during breaks between shooting scenes. On the Splash DVD commentary, Tom Hanks jokes that he'd help his immobilised co-star with snack breaks. "Yeah, they'd come and pop a French fry in my mouth," laughs Hannah. "I'd prefer to be left in the water or in the tank. When I was out of the water it was very painful for me, and I was helpless because I couldn't move. I was like a beached dolphin, laying there wherever the crane placed me on the dock or on a stretcher. I was at the mercy of everybody."
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Splash was not Daryl Hannah's first mermaid tale. She'd been developing a live-action version of The Little Mermaid before Splash came along and sent the project spinning down the Hollywood plughole. "My whole desire to be in movies was to live in a fantasy world," Hannah recalls, "and one of the things that I dreamed of was being a mermaid, so Splash] was definitely a dream come true."
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Tom Hanks did a one-time guest appearance on Happy Days in 1982. At Ron Howard's request, he read for a supporting role in this film and ended up being cast in the lead.
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The film is notable for being the first film released by Touchstone Pictures, a film label created by Walt Disney Studios that same year in an effort to release films targeted at adult audiences, with mature content not appropriate for the studio's flagship Walt Disney Pictures banner. Splash had received a PG-rating for some profanity and brief nudity.
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In 2016, producer Brian Grazer said he was working on a remake of Splash, only with a twist. Grazer said "there's a movie star that's going to be involved", it would most likely be from the point-of-view of the mermaid and would be closer to an earlier draft of Splash. Jillian Bell and Channing Tatum were set to star with Bell as a female human and Tatum as a merman. Tatum was also set to produce the remake through his production company, Free Association, along with Reid Carolin and Peter Kieran, while Howard and Grazer will also produce from Imagine Entertainment with Anna Culp as the executive producer and Marja-Lewis Ryan writing. As of January 2021, the project was still in development.
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According to the Biography Channel, Bill Murray and P.J. Soles were considered for the roles of Allen and Madison, but Murray turned it down.
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This movie's main plot was played out almost in its entirety as a subplot of American International's 1965 beach party film Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) where the character named Bonehead Jody McCrea falls off of his surfboard and is rescued by a mermaid named Lorelei Marta Kristen. She is reluctant to leave the water but later agrees to accompany him to a dance provided that he promise not to tell his friends that she is a mermaid. He agrees, and they go to the dance together. Bonehead's friends think his strange behavior is a result of his surfboard accident, but he is really trying to hurriedly get Lorelei back to the sea before her time on land is up. He tries to get her to stay with him but she tells him they could never be together, on land or in the sea, before she swims away.
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In the 2001 British comedy play "The Play What I Wrote," written by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley, and Eddie Braben and starring Hamish and Sean, Daryl Hannah is referred to as "the famous Hollywood mermaid - half woman, half kipper."
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Jack McGee auditioned for the role of Fat Jack.
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Molly Ringwald was considered for the role of Madison.
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Madison appears naked when she arrives on land in front of Alan Bauer and later at the Statue Of Liberty. The shoe would be on the other foot (no pun intended) in My Favorite Martian (1999) when a character appears naked in front of her.
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