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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 ... 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>

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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

Gross USA:

$35,419,397

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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Trivia

Christina Ricci's older sister and brothers appear as extras in the swim meet scene. They sit behind Charlotte, Rachel, and Lou. See more »

Goofs

The subtitle "1963" is shown as Charlotte watches Soeur Sourire perform "Dominique" on the 5 January 1964 broadcast of "The Ed Sullivan Show". See more »

Quotes

Rachel Flax: Death is dwelling on the past or staying in one place too long!
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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 »


Soundtracks

If You Wanna Be Happy
Written by Frank Guida (as Frank J. Guida), Carmela Guida & Joseph Royster
Performed by Jimmy Soul
Courtesy of Frank Guida Productions/Legrande-SPQR Records
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Winona's finest performance!

Good stuff.

Cher plays the realistic slutty single mom who is never really happy and doesn't know how to commit to any man. Bob Hoskins plays the realistic average guy who wants the hot mom but can't quite have her. ChrisTEENY Ricci is one of the most bad ass 5 year olds or however old she is in this. Chugging red wine and holding her head under water for fun. But it's Winona Ryder who really shines through as the troubled 15 year old who is completely focused on 2 things: 1. becoming a nun, and 2. losing her virginity to the cute bus driver who drives her to school.

The awkward "love story" is quite compelling, as is the believable tension that is constantly erupting within the walls of the family's home. This is probably the greatest performance I have ever seen from Winona. She is intense and emotional throughout and it's extremely genuine feeling.

A classic chick flick right here! It's got a lot of personality! Very well done!


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