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Mermaid (2000)

TV-G | | Drama, Family | TV Movie 21 May 2000
Four year old Desi learns to accept the death of her father by sending him a letter on a balloon to which she receives a reply.


Peter Masterson


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Burstyn ... Trish
Samantha Mathis ... Rhonda
Jodelle Ferland ... Desi
David Kaye ... Wade
Peter Flemming Peter Flemming ... Steve
Tom Heaton ... Quaid
Blu Mankuma ... Caretaker
Joshua Peace ... Ken (as Josh Peace)
Chilton Crane ... Donna
Julia Higgs Julia Higgs ... Amanda
Mecca Menard Mecca Menard ... Hailey
Beverley Elliott ... Karen (as Beverley Elliot)
Brad Mann ... Bill
Todd Mann ... Skip
Rondel Reynoldson ... Beautician


Four year old Desi learns to accept the death of her father by sending him a letter on a balloon to which she receives a reply.

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A Place Where Dreams Happen


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Release Date:

21 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kis hableány See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although based on a true story, this film takes several liberties from the actual event. The most notable is the fact that, in real life, the image on the balloon was of none other than Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid (1989). See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits are run over video of the real-life family as they meet the cast. See more »


Love Songs Make Me Blue
Performed by Gloria Kaye
Words by Pamela Phillips Oland
Music by Peter Rodgers Melnick
© 2000 by Peter Rodgers Melnick and Pamela Phillips Oland
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Interesting to see the film and know what they did.
4 May 2004 | by rspressSee all my reviews

It is interesting to see the film and the creative license the took in making it. My mom is the secretary for the crop dusting service owned by "papa Quaid"...not his real name and has been for many, many years....including when this really happened. I also know the pilot in the Steve Stutz.

In real life the crop dusting service is not at a little shed at an airport but at their own airstrip with many buildings. The broken down old biplane is also not true. They have used new round motors but at the time also used single wind turbine power thrush and their own design of biplane turbine power aircraft.

The flaggers in the pictures are also a bit of a stretch. In the real world the had a flagger at each end of the field it a huge flag on a long pole....many years ago they did away with the flaggers and use GPS. They crops they dusted in the film are also not around here in large numbers. Corn is not grown in Yuba City nor is summer wheat...Winter wheat, rice and tree crops such as walnuts, peaches, prunes and almonds are.

Also the area is portrayed as a cowboy type of town....this is also not the case. While it is farm country the town of Yuba City itself has about 60,000 people in it. The town of marysville which is over the bridge from Yuba City has about 35,000 to 40,000 residents.

Despite the "Hollywood touches" the film does portray an accurate depiction of the events that happened. I think the film would have been better without the Hollywood touches but that is a personal opinion. One thing they got very right was that anyone who has lived in Yuba City hates the fact they moved back to the area after leaving it!

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