- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 6, 2001
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - English, Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 01/10/1992
"...[A] moonbeam of a comedy....Lively and affecting..."
New York Times - 12/14/1990
"...Gentle if wisecracking comedy....[Ryder] is enchanting and funny..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/14/1990
"...Peppered with briskly uninhibited dialogue..."
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.
- 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.