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I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)

R | | Comedy, Drama | March 1988 (USA)
Scatterbrained Polly gets a job as a secretary in Gabrielle's art gallery. Polly aspires to be a professional photographer, and idolizes Gabrielle for her artistic ability. When Gabrielle ... See full summary »

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Patricia Rozema

Writer:

Patricia Rozema
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sheila McCarthy ... Polly Vandersma
Paule Baillargeon ... Gabrielle St. Peres
Ann-Marie MacDonald Ann-Marie MacDonald ... Mary Joseph
Richard Monette Richard Monette ... Clive
John Evans John Evans ... Warren
Brenda Kamino ... Waitress
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Storyline

Scatterbrained Polly gets a job as a secretary in Gabrielle's art gallery. Polly aspires to be a professional photographer, and idolizes Gabrielle for her artistic ability. When Gabrielle rekindles an old romantic relationship with the younger painter Mary, Polly becomes jealous, and discovers Gabrielle is not who she claims to be. Written by Mike Jones

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Taglines:

Isn't life the strangest thing you've ever seen?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le chant des sirènes See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD362,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,998, 13 September 1987

Gross USA:

$1,408,491

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,408,491
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The use of Léo Delibes' music score 'Lakmé: The Flower Duet" (Act 2, No 2 Duetto: Viens, Malika... Sous le dôme épais où le blanc jasmin) made the movie the second film of the 1980s to be associated with same sex female coupling with the earlier picture being The Hunger (1983). See more »

Quotes

Polly Vandersma: Isn't life the strangest thing you've ever seen?
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pushing Daisies: Smell of Success (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

OPEN WINDOW
By Mark Korven
Courtesy of Duke Street Records
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Absolutely Magical!
15 July 2002 | by sibieSee all my reviews

The wonder of this film, like one of the paintings it features, can't be described in words. It is pure magic in the most abstract form! One can't help but adore Polly's originality (Sheila McCarthy). This is a fantastically crafted and acted film. It will trigger your imagination and place a smile on your face. After the film is over, you won't be able to stop dreaming. I can't watch it enough! It is very sad that it is no longer in print (at least last I checked) and I am very lucky to have purchased it in the Laser Disc format when I did. I have been a fan of this film since I was 20 and am still a fan 14 years


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