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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.

Director:

Garry Marshall

Writers:

Iris Rainer (novel) (as Iris Rainer Dart), Mary Agnes Donoghue (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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>

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The Friendship You'll Always Remember... In The Film You'll Never Forget See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Remember Me See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$198,361, 26 December 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,041,866
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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

CC Bloom: But enough about me, let's talk about you... what do YOU think of me?
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Alternate Versions

Some television versions contain alternate lines in the scene where C.C. and Hilary have their argument in the department store. For example, in the theatrical version, C.C. remarks to Hilary, "You have been a total bitch ever since you came to New York!" In some TV prints, she says, "You have been completely unbearable ever since you came to New York!" See more »

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Wind Beneath My Wings
Music and Lyrics by Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar
Arranged by Marc Shaiman, Arif Mardin, Robbie Buchanan, and Robbie Kondor
Produced by Arif Mardin
Performed by Bette Midler
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4 May 2001 | by KatmissSee all my reviews

Garry Marshall's "Beaches" is another examination of friendship and how it can be affected over time. This theme was expertly handled by Arthur Penn in his 1981 masterpiece "Four Friends". "Beaches" is just as powerful, but it's predictable ending prevents it from truly reaching greatness and all sorts of odds and ends stick out.

But maybe it's meant to be that way. It is based on a novel, unread by me, and for all I know it could be truly faithful to the source material. But I can only judge from the film itself. And for one, I am tired of the syrupy ending that was popularized by 1970's excellent "Love Story".

But despite that, Marshall has directed a very good movie here. He may be coasting lately, but "Beaches" proves he's a natural at the type of genre I like best: the serious comedy. We laugh so we may not cry. That may sound corny, but it's true and many of my favorite films are that kind of film: "10" (Blake Edwards, 1979), "The Man Who Loved Women" (Edwards, 1983), "Skin Deep" (Edwards, 1989), "The Apartment" (Billy Wilder, 1960), "The Fortune Cookie" (Wilder, 1966), "Harry and Tonto" (Paul Mazursky, 1974) and "An Unmarried Woman" (Mazursky, 1978) to name a few.

The performances are first rate, especially Bette Midler, whom I'm only used to in comedies. With this film and "Stella". she proves what a truly great actress she really is. She deserved an Oscar nod for this performance. Barbara Hershey is fine as always in the kind of role she can play in her sleep.

One thing that really irritates me is the term "chick flick", which implies that it's only a "women's movie" and men are not only discouraged to see one, but not allowed to even enjoy it. And people I know say that if a man enjoys a so-called "chick flick", he must be gay.

Well, I am definitely heterosexual and am affirmed enough in my manhood to see and enjoy these films. Isn't it about time we just stop the bull and admit that we like these films too? Action is O.K., gore is fine for those who like that kind of thing, but I'd take an intelligent and moving comedy/drama anyday over T&A. And if other guys can't accept that, they're missing out on some good films.

***1/2 out of 4 stars


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