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Beaches (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 13 January 1989 (USA)
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A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.


Garry Marshall


Iris Rainer (novel) (as Iris Rainer Dart), Mary Agnes Donoghue (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... CC Bloom
Barbara Hershey ... Hillary Whitney Essex
John Heard ... John Pierce
Spalding Gray ... Dr. Richard Milstein
Lainie Kazan ... Leona Bloom
James Read ... Michael Essex
Grace Johnston ... Victoria Essex
Mayim Bialik ... CC (age 11)
Marcie Leeds Marcie Leeds ... Hillary - Age 11
Carol Williard Carol Williard ... Aunt Vesta
Allan Kent Allan Kent ... Mr. Melman
Phil Leeds ... Sammy Pinkers
Lynda Goodfriend Lynda Goodfriend ... Mrs. Myandowski
Nikki Plant Nikki Plant ... Iris Myandowski
Michael French Michael French ... Head Waiter


When the New York child performer CC Bloom and San Francisco rich kid Hillary meet in a holiday resort in Atlantic City, it marks the start of a lifetime friendship between them. The two keep in touch through letters for a number of years until Hillary, now a successful lawyer moves to New York to stay with struggling singer CC. The movie shows the various stages of their friendship and their romances including their love for the same man. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Friends come and go but there's always one you're stuck with for life. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music


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Did You Know?


Anne Archer and Donna Mills both auditioned for the Hillary Whitley role. See more »


At the Pink Palm, when CC waves the bartender away and says it's okay that Hillary's there, the glass that the bartender sets on the bar switches from upside-down to right-side-up between shots. See more »


CC Bloom: [dressed as a rabbit] I hate my life!
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Alternate Versions

The musical number "Otto Titsling" is omitted from most TV prints of the film. See more »


Referenced in Privileged: All About a Brand New You! (2009) See more »


I Know You By Heart
Music and Lyrics by Dean Pitchford, George Merrill, and Shannon Rubicam
Arranged by Marc Shaiman, Arif Mardin, Robbie Buchanan, and Robbie Kondor
Produced by Arif Mardin
Performed by Bette Midler and David Pack
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User Reviews

Strange adaptation of a very good book
3 December 2002 | by kidlitfanSee all my reviews

Iris Ranier Dart's novel was obviously written with Bette Midler in mind (there's even a mention of a movie called "Jilted" which is the Midler character, Cee Cee Bloom's version of Midler's own fiasco, "Jinxed.") So, she's wonderful in the role, and Mayim Bialik is perfect as the 11 year old Cee Cee. But Barbara Hershey (as "Hillary", a character called Bertie in the book) is cold instead of cool. Besides the odd name changes (Bertie/Hillary's daughter's name is changed from Nina to Victoria) the movie left out a key scene (it takes place in Hawaii) which explains one of the turns that their friendship takes. The movie replaces this scene with more of Hershey being cold and Midler being angry.

Midler gives some terrific musical numbers, but they don't work within the structure of the movie (its understandable that they couldn't realistically flashback to her being a 19 year old in summer stock, but "The Factory" and "Otto Titzling," respectively fascinating and funny, belong in another film.)

I understand when books are changed a bit in order to fit into a two-hour-movie. I DON'T understand changing plots --why buy the rights if you're not going to keep the story? Write your own!

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Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Remember Me See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$198,361, 26 December 1988

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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