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Mermaids
- Cher

Overview - MERMAIDS is the story of the turbulent relationship between a flamboyant, outrageous mom (Cher) and her two daughters (Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci) who just want a normal, stable life. Socially rebellious and provocative, the mother is reluctant to settle down, even at the request of her two daughters (one of whom, despite being Jewish, longs to enter a convent).  Read more...

 
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Overview

MERMAIDS is the story of the turbulent relationship between a flamboyant, outrageous mom (Cher) and her two daughters (Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci) who just want a normal, stable life. Socially rebellious and provocative, the mother is reluctant to settle down, even at the request of her two daughters (one of whom, despite being Jewish, longs to enter a convent). The unusual family has moved 18 times in the last 15 years, usually whenever Mrs. Flax senses she might have to commit to a relationship. But this time the girls hope the family will stay put, and their conflicting desires lead to a final, near-tragic result.

Cast List

Patty Dann
Christina Ricci - American Actress
Jan Miner - Supporting Actress
June Roberts
Michael Schoeffling - American Supporting Actor
Winona Ryder - American actress, GIRL, INTERRUPTED
Winona Laura Horowitz - American actress, GIRL, INTERRUPTED
Caroline McWilliams - Supporting Actress
Jack Nitzsche - Composer/Music Producer
Bernard Alfred Nitzsche - Composer/Music Producer
Stuart Wurtzel - Production Designer
Lauren Lloyd - Film Producer
Richard Benjamin - American Actor/Director
Howard Atherton - Director of Photography
Cher - Oscar Winning Music Performer/Actress, MOONSTRUCK
Cherilyn Sarkesian - Oscar Winning Music Performer/Actress, MOONSTRUCK
Bob Hoskins - British Actor
Wallis Nicita
Patrick Palmer - American Producer/Second Unit Director
Jacqueline Cambas - Editor, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT 2 (2006)

 
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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 110
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 027616858481
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: February 2014

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Coming Of Age
Family Interaction
Self-Discovery
Nostalgic
Sixties
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Notes:
Theatrical Release: December 14, 1990 (U.S., Toronto, Can.) Shot in Panavision; theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom (MY LIFE AS A DOG) was the original director slated for MERMAIDS. He was replaced by Muppeteer/director Frank Oz. Oz, in turn, was replaced by Richard Benjamin, who completed the project. The role of Charlotte initially went to British actress Emily Lloyd, who was to receive $435,000 and 2.5% of the net profits from the film. When Cher complained that the fair-haired Lloyd could not look like her daughter, she was cast out of the film and replaced by Winona Ryder. Lloyd then sued Orion Pictures Corporation and Mermaid Productions, reaching a settlement on the second day of the trial, July 30, 1991. Casting agents Wallis Nicita and Lauren Lloyd made their producing debuts with this film. Winona Ryder won the 1990 Best Supporting Actress Award from the National Board of Review. Estimated budget $20 million. Shot in Cambridge, Manchester, Essex, North Easton, Waltham, Malden, and Rockport, Massachusetts, in Technicolor. Filming began September 25, 1989; completed December 20, 1989. Reviewed in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times on December 14, 1990. Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Censors.

Reviews:
"...[A] moonbeam of a comedy....Lively and affecting..." - 01/10/1992 Rolling Stone, p.55


"...Gentle if wisecracking comedy....[Ryder] is enchanting and funny..." - 12/14/1990 New York Times, p.C14


"...Peppered with briskly uninhibited dialogue..." - 12/14/1990 Los Angeles Times, p.F1

 
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