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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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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 ... 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

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

| (Ontario - edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The name of the book that Charlotte Flax reads was "The Lives of the Saints" (1894) by Alban Butler. See more »

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Mentions of AstroTurf (introduced in 1965) in 1963. See more »

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Rachel Flax: Charlotte, I know you're planning a celibate life, but with half my chromosomes, I think that might be tough.
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A magic potion!
27 March 2001 | by budmasseySee all my reviews

A delightful period piece set appropriately in 1963. Appropriate because Charlotte (Wynona Ryder), like the nation, is about to shed a little of her innocence and face some difficult realities. Cher, Ryder and an adorably young Christina Ricci are perfect as a single parent family. Cher, in her best work ever, including Moonstruck, is a free-spirited mom who only cooks finger food because anything else is too much of a commitment. Ryder, who narrates the film from her character's perspective, is a high school student who, despite her fervent wish to lead a devout life, falls in love with the local handyman. Ricci is the youngest, a champion swimmer who steals the whole movie with scenes like her pumpkin scene. (Watch it and you'll know what I'm talking about. It's unforgettable.) Bob Hoskins is hilarious as the shoe salesman who falls head over heels for Cher, family and all.

Set in coastal Massachusetts, the scenery is breathtaking, and the idyllic depiction of life in a small town in the last days of American innocence is dead on. Director Richard Benjamin, who also gave us such charming films as Milk Money and My Stepmother is an Alien, rivals Penny Marshall and Rob Reiner with this gem.

This film is perfection, an absolute 10. It's a magic potion that can make me laugh and feel good even on the worst day. I sometimes wish I could step inside a la Pleasantville and stay there.


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