Mermaids

Mermaids
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • 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
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - English, Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , , &
Performer: , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
Produced by , &
Director of Photography:

Entertainment Reviews:

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..."

Product Description:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Coming Of Age | Family Interaction | Nostalgic | Self-Discovery | Sixties | Theatrical Release

Production 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.

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  • Sales Rank: 89,199
  • UPC: 027616858481
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