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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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| (Ontario - edited)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Source novelist Patty Dann has said of this filmed adaptation of her "Mermaids" (1986) novel: "It was wonderful and a bit overwhelming. I would be sorting socks on the bed and get calls like, Barbra Streisand wants to do the movie, and I'd just say, sure, and then Cher ended up playing the mother. It was a wild experience. I like the movie very much. The first time I saw it without music it had a very different feel, and it took a while to get used to the soundtrack. When I wrote it, I never thought about music in the background, but now I put the music on sometimes when I clean the house". See more »

Goofs

Mrs. Flax asks Lou if he can feed the girls since she has to run an errand to Boston. He tells her he can and has a pot roast. When she gets back to Lou's later, they have a roasted chicken for dinner. See more »

Quotes

Rachel Flax: Who's that?
Charlotte Flax: That's Mr. Crane, my history teacher, and he is very nice.
Rachel Flax: *He* is an asshole.
Charlotte Flax: You haven't even spoken to him yet!
Rachel Flax: Charlotte, I don't need to speak to him. He's driving an Edsel, for Christ's sake.
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Referenced in E! True Hollywood Story: Winona Ryder (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Sugar Shack
Written by Keith McCormack & Fay Voss (as Faye Voss)
Performed by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
Courtesy of Norman Petty Studios & Vi Petty, Clovis, New Mexico
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Funny older and still can touch your heart.
7 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I have to say that this movie is incredibly underrated. The movie is from the daughter's point of view and Ryder does an excellent job playing the purtian to Cher's mother role. I can't believe Christina Richie's first role- even back then she was incredible. She has a way of stealing the movie. This movie has a sad vibe. Here's the point of the movie, once you see it , you can remember the feelings and 10 years later I'm able to remember how wonderful it is. The music to the movie is awesome. I, along with several of my friends have this soundtrack which makes me think this was one of the first true soundtrack purchases from the 90's


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