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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.

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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:
... Mrs. Flax
... Lou Landsky
... Charlotte Flax
... Joe
... Kate Flax
... Carrie
Jan Miner ... Mother Superior
Betsy Townsend ... Mary O'Brien
Richard McElvain ... Mr. Crain
... Mrs. Crain
Dossy Peabody ... Coach Parker
William Paul Steele ... Boss in Oklahoma
Rex Trailer ... Dr. Reynolds
Pete Kovner ... Perfect Family Father
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

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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14 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi madre es una sirena  »

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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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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

Although the latter portion of film takes place in January, we never see any evidence of snow, even though the film is set in Massachusetts. Also, the characters don't always seem to dress appropriately for winter in Massachusetts, dressing more as if it were autumn. See more »

Quotes

Charlotte Flax: A word about Mrs. Flax and food: the word is "hors d'oeurves." Fun Finger Foods is her main source book and it's all the woman cooks.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Homer's Phobia (1997) See more »

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Johnny Angel
Written by Lyn Duddy & Lee Pockriss
Performed by Shelley Fabares
Courtesy of MCA Records
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**** Endlessly charming
17 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this film as a preteen and have loved it ever since. Endlessly entertaining performances are the best thing about this underrated and understated coming-of-age comedy that features Cher doing what she does best--convincing you she rules the world, and she really does. As Rachel Flax, a headstrong and independent mother of two (Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci), she thinks nothing of jumping into her car at the slightest sign of trouble and moving to another town ("Life is change", she says). Ryder is excellent as the fifteen year-old Charlotte, a girl who thinks that the best way to fight her burgeoning hormones is to devote her life to the Catholic church as a nun, despite the fact that she's Jewish. Of course, the boy next door (the sadly now retired Michael Schoeffling) gets in the way of her holy ambitions. Bob Hoskins is also a riot as the awshucks shoe salesman who falls over himself for Rachel, first out of fascination, and then out of love. Great music, great period feel and very light, warmhearted direction by Richard Benjamin.


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