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- 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:
|Starring||Cher, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci & Bob Hoskins|
|Performer:||Jan Miner, Caroline McWilliams & Michael Schoeffling|
|Directed by||Richard Benjamin|
|Edited by||Jacqueline Cambas|
|Screenwriting by||Patty Dann & June Roberts|
|Composition by||Jack Nitzsche|
|Produced by||Lauren Lloyd, Patrick Palmer & Wallis Nicita|
|Director of Photography:||Howard Atherton|
Rating: 3/4 -- I found a lot of it preposterous, but I enjoyed that quality. Why do we look at movies? To learn lessons and see life reflected back at us? Sometimes. But sometimes we simply sit there in the dark, stupefied by the spectacle. Full Review
Rating: low +2 out of -4..+4 -- Mermaids has more to it than first meets the eye. Full Review
...Peppered with briskly uninhibited dialogue...
Los Angeles Times
...[A] moonbeam of a comedy....Lively and affecting...
It's awash in mediocrity, waterlogged with innocuousness and redeemed only occasionally by sweet-faced Ryder. Full Review
Having made something of a specialty of woe-is-me, adolescent angst, Ryder finds a deeper level here, a level of comedy with something genuinely painful mixed in. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- Miss Ryder is so good, in fact, that "Mermaids" might have dared to be a tougher, more satisfying movie than the stylish sitcom it is.
New York Times
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.
- Sales Rank: 19,846
- UPC: 027616858481
- Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
- International Shipping: 1 item
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