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 and…  See 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:
11/06/2012
UPC:
0786936824544
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
1AB
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
23,784

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" C9

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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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Beaches 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beaches is a moving film about two friends. The first time I saw this movie I cried. This film is inspirational and if you have not seen it I highy recoomend you see it. You are missing out on a great movie if you don't take time to sit down to watch it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is by far my most favorite movie of all time. I love the way that it shows friendship through the tough times and the good. Which is what true friendship is about. Bette Midler's music is a plus side too. She has an incredible voice. Watch this one with your best friend or someone you love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Barbara Hershey does the best acting job in this tearjerker of friends and torn-apart relationships. The melodramatic actorship/acting of Bette Midler is a wonderful contrast to Barbara Hershey's character as a laid-back Tidewater aristocratic British reserve whereas Bette Midler gives strength to Hershey and the best qualities of each became imbued on each other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beaches is so sad. But very amazing and true. i watched it and was so stunned i wasnt the same for a few days. at the end is was really got me crying. how amazing was their friendship, that it lasted for that long, after all they went through. you get to know the characters, so what happens to them affects you. what happens to barbara hershey just killed me. no pun intended. amazing movie. amazing cast. i love it. so so much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wind Beneath My Wings kills me every time! Awesome movie!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have not seen beaches, you do not know what you are missing. It is one of the saddest films I have watched, I have watched this film so many times it still makes me have a lump in my throat and sometimes depending on the mood that I am in it make me cry, well you should watch it its the best and thetas straight from the horse mouth. Acting from Both Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey was just the best. The description on the back of the Box of the VHS: They met on a beach when they were young, brassy C.C Bloom (Bette Midler) and classy Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hershey). Though good times and bad times, through broken marriages and budding careers, they still had each other. And together they would face their greatest challenge...as only best friends could. Hershey is splendid, and Midler will astound you al over again with her comedic and musical talents in this critically acclaimed box office smash. Beaches glows with warmth, humor and tenderness...This is one friendship you'll enjoy every minute of. I could not have put it better myself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
must by this movie i love this movie among many other bette midler flims it is sad yet a happy siteing at times you'll love it
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