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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


Todd Robinson

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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


Drama | Family








Release Date:

21 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kis hableány See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

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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One of the most endearing, beautiful true-life movies ever told about a child.
16 June 2005 | by snapper-1See all my reviews

My family and I have viewed this movie often over the years. It is clean, wholesome, heartbreaking and heartwarming. Showing us the compassion between two families of two countries thousands of miles apart and by the most uncanny of coincidences, it's almost as if the hand of God had to be intervening.

5 yo Jodelle Micah Ferland who plays Desi the heart stricken little girl, does a magnificent job of acting her part, and for me she was the Priam choice for the lead role.

All in all, a 10 out of 10. There are no downsides to this sweet human story. Children of all ages will tearfully, then joyfully watch this and it will bring the viewing family together with smiles and good feelings.

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