Beaches

Beaches

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Director: Garry Marshall

Cast: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard

     
 

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Based on a novel by Iris Rainer Dart, Beaches traces the 30-year oil-and-water friendship between free-spirited Bronx Jew CC Bloom (Bette Midler) and uptight San Francisco WASP Hillary Essex (Barbara Hershey). The two meet as children in Atlantic City (played by Mayim Bialik and Marcie Leeds) and are reunited in the 1960s, when CC is a struggling singer andSee more details below

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Based on a novel by Iris Rainer Dart, Beaches traces the 30-year oil-and-water friendship between free-spirited Bronx Jew CC Bloom (Bette Midler) and uptight San Francisco WASP Hillary Essex (Barbara Hershey). The two meet as children in Atlantic City (played by Mayim Bialik and Marcie Leeds) and are reunited in the 1960s, when CC is a struggling singer and Hillary is trying to break free from her staid upbringing by becoming an activist. The two ladies room together, then fall out when both are attracted to off-Broadway producer John Pierce (John Heard). CC wins John, but she quickly outgrows him as she matriculates into a bawdy performer. The recently patched-up friendship between CC and Hillary is torn asunder again when Hillary and her new husband express distaste for CC's performing style. Comes the 1970s, and CC and Hillary are reunited after shedding their respective spouses. Broke again, they once more become Manhattan roommates. Their bond strengthens, but there is tragedy in store for the duo.

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The type of film for which the term "chick flick" was coined, Beaches dishes out all manner of weepy scenarios, including the erosion by jealousy of the central long-distance friendship and the inevitable onset of debilitating disease. Perhaps because it's such a prototype of its genre, Beaches caught on and became a guilty part of many video collections. Almost all of Beaches is maudlin -- after all, this is the film that gave the world Bette Midler's "The Wind Beneath My Wings" -- but within that, there's decent consideration given to the different paths women take and how those choices satisfy and fail to satisfy different yearnings. Beaches marked a turn for Midler away from high-concept physical comedies to a more thoughtful, message-centered type of movie; it was also the first produced by her new production company. As convincingly as Midler plays a semi-autobiographical, flamboyant Jewish entertainer, Barbara Hershey is equally capable at conveying conflicted WASP elitism. The two actresses keep the audience interested, and the solid direction of Garry Marshall (two years before Pretty Woman) delivers home a populist "sisters through the years" tearjerker, paving the way for films like Steel Magnolias (1989) and Fried Green Tomatoes (1991).

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
UPC:
0786936281552
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
4,726

Special Features

Beaches bloopers; 1989 Grammy award-winning song of the year and record of the year "Wind Beneath My Wings" music video - performed by Bette Midler; AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs With Bette Midler (clip); Mayim Bialik remembers Beaches; Barbara Hershey screen test; Audio commentary with director Garry Marshall; Theatrical trailer; Dolby Digital surround sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions; French language track and subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Midler CC Bloom
Barbara Hershey Hillary Whitney Essex
John Heard John Pierce
Spalding Gray Dr. Richard Milstein
Lainie Kazan Leona Bloom
James Read Michael Essex
Grace Johnston Victoria Essex
Mayim Bialik C.C., Age 11
Marcie Leeds Hillary, Age 11
Susan Forristal Actor
Carol Williard Aunt Vesta
Allan Kent Mr. Melman
Phil Leeds Sammy Pinkers
Lynda Goodfriend Mrs. Myandowski
Michael French Head Waiter
Robert Ball Harry
Frank Campanella Frank the Doorman
Diane Frazen Marjorie
Michael Elias Seedy Bar Patron
Patrick Richwood T. Kuhn
Tracy Reiner Dept. Store Clerk
Zachary Weintraub ACLU Worker
Nicky Blair Tavern on the Green Maitre d'
Lori Marshall Tavern on the Green Patron
Charles McGowan Peasant
Steven Majewicz Phillipe De Brassiere
Joe Grifasi Otto Titsling
Mona Lyden Actor 1
Bill Applebaum Actor 2
Eddie Mekka Actor 3
Karin Calabro Actor 4
Keith McDaniel Actor 5
Judith Baldwin Screaming Woman
Doris Hess Maura
Jane Dulo Hillary's Neighbor
Lisa Savage Michael's Mistress
Frank Buxton Doctor
Steve Restivo Pink Palm Bartender
Kathi Marshall Delivery Room Nurse #1
Julie Paris Delivery Room Nurse #2
Barbara Marshall I.C.U. Nurse #2
Scott Marshall Car Rental Agent
Mariann Aalda Ticket Seller
Bo Sabato Hollywood Bowl Stage Manager
Anne Betancourt Miss Valdez
Harvey Keenan Man in Bagels
Arnold McCuller Hollywood Bowl Backup Singer
Carla Earle Hollywood Bowl Backup Singer
Ken Gibbel Cowboy Actor
Kenny Miller Peasant
Lucinda Crosby TV Interviewer
Harvey Miller Movie Director
Sam Denoff Actor

Technical Credits
Garry Marshall Director
Nick Abdo Co-producer
Stephen Abrums Makeup
William Barclay Production Designer
Albert Brenner Production Designer
Bonnie Bruckheimer-Martell Producer
Robert de Mora Costumes/Costume Designer
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Mary Agnes Donoghue Screenwriter
Mike Fenton Casting
Harold L. Fuhrman Set Decoration/Design
Lynda Gordon Casting
Richard Halsey Editor
Garrett Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Alan E. Lorimer Special Effects
Bette Midler Co-producer
Frank Richwood Art Director
Benjamin Rosenberg Asst. Director
Teri Schwartz Executive Producer
Margaret Jennings South Co-producer
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Judy Taylor Casting
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer
Dee Dee Wood Choreography

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles/"Under the Boardwalk" [15:37]
2. Best Friends [9:03]
3. Careers [15:01]
4. Marriages [13:41]
5. Growing Apart [4:03]
6. Friends Again [11:12]
7. New Productions [5:49]
8. Summer at the Beach House [6:59]
9. "Wind Beneath My Wings" [10:54]
10. "The Glory of Love"/End Credits [14:17]

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