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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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Gemma is 13 years old lives and with her grandpa in the country, she has for many years. One day her mother shows up, and wants to take Gemma to the city. Her mother is married now, and can... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Jason Robards, Jane Alexander, Winona Ryder
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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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Mom Is Many Things. . .Normal Isn't One of Them. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario - edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The nick-name of as Joseph Poretti (Michael Schoeffling) was "Joe". 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: He has the most beautiful skin in captivity, I love him because he wears moccasins in the winter even though his feet must feel like blocks of ice.
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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

If You Wanna Be Happy
Written by Frank Guida (as Frank J. Guida), Carmela Guida & Joseph Royster
Performed by Jimmy Soul
Courtesy of Frank Guida Productions/Legrande-SPQR Records
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A Delightful Little Film
17 May 2010 | by TheAnimalMotherSee all my reviews

I've seen this film a number of times, and I always enjoy it. What stands out most about this film is the acting, and the overall feel of the film. It feels tremendously authentic to its time and subjects. The acting is very good throughout, and the movie is just a very fun, and very human story. One that is easy for almost anyone to relate to in some way.

There are a number of great performances in this film. Winona Ryder plays one of her most interesting characters, and she pulls it off very well. Bob Hoskins is very strong and enjoyable as usual. Personally I have always loved Cher's acting. I can't say I'm a huge fan of her music, but I've always had some respect for her there too. However her acting has always been very strong in my opinion. I know she has been nominated for multiple Oscars and even won one for Moonstruck. However I still think her acting is somewhat underrated by most people. (And she also gave Nick Cage his first huge break after demanding that the studios cast Cage opposite her in Moonstruck. Cage was thought to be somewhat of a risky bet back in those days, and Cher basically made the major studios take the chance with him. Which I find somewhat funny, and also very Cher like.). Cher also had the original director of this film, and the girl who was originally cast in Winona's part fired. So Winona fans also have Cher to thank for her even being in this film. It's hard to criticize Cher for getting rid of these originals either, seeing as how well the film turned out with the people she approved. She is a very strong minded and hearted woman in my view, and if you take a look at Silkwood, Mask, Moonstruck, and this nice little film. You will undoubtedly also see that this woman can flat out act. She has some other decent films as well.

Anyway, all in all, I highly recommend Mermaids to anyone that likes character driven film. And basically to any teen, male or female. It is basically a coming of age story in terms of Winona's character, and even for Cher and Hoskins characters to some degree too. :) And there is a lot to relate to in terms of the parent/child relationship, especially the single parent. Those with Attention Deficit Disorder , or those who get bored easy may not get into it however. :) I gave this film a 7, but I'm a pretty strict rater, and this film is a very solid 7 in my opinion. In fact, I'd give it a 7.5 if I could.

7.5/10


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