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Mermaids (1990)

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An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds.

Director:

Richard Benjamin

Writers:

Patty Dann (novel), June Roberts (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cher ... Mrs. Flax
Bob Hoskins ... Lou Landsky
Winona Ryder ... Charlotte Flax
Michael Schoeffling ... Joe
Christina Ricci ... Kate Flax
Caroline McWilliams ... Carrie
Jan Miner Jan Miner ... Mother Superior
Betsy Townsend Betsy Townsend ... Mary O'Brien
Richard McElvain Richard McElvain ... Mr. Crain
Paula Plum ... Mrs. Crain
Dossy Peabody Dossy Peabody ... Coach Parker
William Paul Steele William Paul Steele ... Boss in Oklahoma
Rex Trailer Rex Trailer ... Dr. Reynolds
Pete Kovner Pete Kovner ... Perfect Family Father
Patricia Madden Patricia Madden ... Perfect Family Mother
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Storyline

After yet another failed relationship, Mrs. Flax (Cher) ups her family to the east coast to start all over again. Reluctantly dragged along with her is her daughter Charlotte - going through a very confusing time of her life - who wants to become a nun, and instead falls in love with a quiet, mild-mannered church employee, to the mixed response of her mother. Set at around the time of the Kennedy Assassination. Written by Paul Skerry <pauls@miles33.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Mom Is Many Things. . .Normal Isn't One of Them. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sirene See more »

Filming Locations:

Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,514,678, 16 December 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,419,397
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario - edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Emily Lloyd had actually started shooting when Winona Ryder became available and Lloyd was unceremoniously dumped. Lloyd later won a sizable cash settlement from the production company for being booted off the film. Original director Frank Oz was also replaced, allegedly at Cher's insistence. See more »

Goofs

Cher's mermaid wig and costume for the New Year's Eve party is very circa 1990 and looks nothing like what would have been sold in 1963. See more »

Quotes

Lou Landsky: If you care about us, would it kill you to show it?
Rachel Flax: "Us"? When did YOU and *my* children become "us"? You're just YOU, Lou - me and the girls, THAT'S "us"!
Lou Landsky: I was talking about you and me.
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Alternate Versions

The versions shown on A&E and Lifetime both have the ending between Cher and Christina Ricci. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Breakthrough Stars of 1991 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)
Written by Rudy Clark
Performed by Cher
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Delightful coming-of-age film
1 October 1998 | by debterrillSee all my reviews

I think this is a delightful movie. The period details are fun, Cher is GREAT, and the chemistry between Hoskins, Cher, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci is excellent. Ryder is especially good at capturing that mixure of idealism, angst and embarrassment which is adolescence.


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