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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins. See more awards »

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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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Mom Is Many Things. . .Normal Isn't One of Them. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Christina Ricci's older sister and brothers appear as extras in the swim meet scene. They sit behind Charlotte, Rachel, and Lou. 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

[Charlotte is going fishing with Joe, who she has a huge crush on]
Joe: Do you want to bait your own hook or do you want me to do it?
Charlotte Flax: [narrating] Mary, mother of God... he still wants to fish?
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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

Features Today (1952) 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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great movie to start the nineties off.
14 November 1998 | by jmac 78See all my reviews

Cher may not be a true actress, but she plays a hard part with ease. with 2 daughters, (winona ryder & christina ricci), she does a great job of raising them. for some, this is where both ricci & ryder may have gotten their breaks and who better to star with than cher.A 8.5 on my scale, very authentic and direct to the audience.


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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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