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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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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>

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This is our mother. Pray for us. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi madre es una sirena See more »

Filming Locations:

Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (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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Trivia

At the costume party, Lou (Bob Hoskins) was dressed as a pirate. He would later go on to play the pirate Smee in director Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991). See more »

Goofs

Charlotte's blue eye shadow disappears and reappears as she goes to/returns from the hospital. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Reynolds: [Charlotte thinks she is pregnant because she kissed Joe] Has your mother ever talked to you about sex?
Charlotte Flax: Uh... oh yeah! All the time. We talk about everything. She's a wonderful mother.
Dr. Reynolds: So you do know how babies are made?
Charlotte Flax: Oh, yeah.
Dr. Reynolds: Then why did you think you were pregnant? You're still a virgin.
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Soundtracks

You've Really Got a Hold on Me
Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson)
Performed by The Miracles
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
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Winona's finest hour
25 May 2000 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

Winona Ryder is fantastic in this movie - its a helluva part and she plays it for all it is worth. Whether she is worshipping Joe (the local hunk-deluxe), or watching 'The Singing Nun' on television, she is completely believable. Her relationship with her less-than-perfect Mother (Cher) is also believable. As a bonus, you get Christina Ricci and Bob Hoskins and some beautiful cinematography. It also has a real feel for the 60's.

Downsides are one cliche too many (WHY does every movie that takes place in the 60's have to feature JFK's assassination?) and it goes on a tad too long, but its worth watching for sure.


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