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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)
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 ... 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mermaids 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

According to 'The New York Times, "the performance inside the costume was engineered entirely by Cher". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Charlotte Flax: I DON'T WANT TO GO, I WANT TO STAY!
Rachel Flax: And do what?
Charlotte Flax: FINISH HIGH SCHOOL!
Rachel Flax: GREAT START! What's your major, Town Tramp?
Charlotte Flax: NO, MOM! THE TOWN ALREADY HAS ONE!
[Rachel slaps her]
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Cher: The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Dominique
Written by Soeur Sourire and Noel Regney
Performed by Soeur Sourire
Courtesy of Sullivan Productions, Inc.
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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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