Mermaids

Mermaids

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Director: Richard Benjamin

Cast: Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder

     
 

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Richard Benjamin's domestic/coming-of-age comedy Mermaids comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, and a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and theSee more details below

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Richard Benjamin's domestic/coming-of-age comedy Mermaids comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, and a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from MGM/UA, especially when one considers the inexpensive list price.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The coming-of-age comedy-drama Mermaids is a warm look at an eccentric family as well as a good example of Winona Ryder during her youthful angst years. Based on the novel by Patty Dann, the comic moments are heavily drawn from the reverse mother-daughter relationship of the zany man-chaser Mrs. Flax (Cher) and the sternly religious Charlotte (Ryder). Portraying a Jewish girl with dark, brooding Catholic obsessions, Charlotte gets some rich comedy out of her peculiar conflict and some genuine moments of adolescent distress. With her funny and delusional narration, Ryder brings her best talents to the character as both a smart grown-up and an innocent kid. Her struggle to be unlike her mother is intensified when she meets Joe (Michael Schoeffling), who is appropriately adorable as the love interest. Even at the age of nine, Christina Ricci is the perfect accent to the family trio, bringing a unique presence as the youngest daughter, Kate. As Lou, the shoe salesman boyfriend, Bob Hoskins adds the right amount of husky charm to fit in with the other strong personalities. Director Richard Benjamin brings a workmanlike approach to the material, perhaps because he was a replacement director due to the problems early on in production. However, the film doesn't miss on style, with the colorful art design and punchy '60s soundtrack adding to the quirky atmosphere. Mostly due to the excellent casting, Mermaids is a delightful movie that celebrates nontraditional families without too many layers of sentiment.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2001
UPC:
0027616858481
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
11,409

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: Stereo Surround ; French: Stereo Surround; Spanish: mono; French and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cher Mrs. Flax
Bob Hoskins Lou Landsky
Winona Ryder Charlotte Flax
Christina Ricci Kate Flax
Michael Schoeffling Joe
Caroline McWilliams Carrie
Jan Miner Mother Superior
Pete Kovner Perfect Family Father
Margery Simkin Actor
Betsey Townsend Mary O'Brien
Richard McElvain Mr. Crain
Paula Plum Mrs. Crain
Dossy Peabody Coach Parker
William Paul Steele Boss in Oklahoma
Rex Trailer Dr. Reynolds
Patricia Madden Perfect Family Mother
Justin Marchisio Perfect Family Boy
Caitlin Marie Bottomley Perfect Family Girl
Amy Gollnick Girl in Bathroom #1
Seacia Pavao Girls in Bathroom
Merle Perkins Nurse
Baxter Harris Boss in Massachusetts
Carol Moss Boss's Fiancee
Denise Cormier Pretty Girl in Shoe Store
Al Hodgkins Crying Man in Street
Tamasin Scarlet Johnson Young Nun
Sandra Shipley Crying Nun
Russell Jones Judge at Swim Meet
Shawna Sullivan Charlotte, 5 years old
Bob Rogerson Charlotte's Dad
Tom Kemp Carrie's Husband
John McGee Kennedy Mourner

Technical Credits
Richard Benjamin Director
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
Howard Atherton Cinematographer
Jacqueline Cambas Editor
Christopher Cronyn Production Designer
Deborah Kanter Set Decoration/Design
Lauren Lloyd Co-producer
Philip Messina Set Decoration/Design
Wallis Nicita Co-producer
Jack Nitzsche Score Composer
Harald Ortenburger Camera Operator
Patrick Palmer Co-producer
Brian Ricci Stunts
June Roberts Screenwriter
Hilton Rosemarin Set Decoration/Design
Suzanne Rothbaum Associate Producer
Evelyn Sakash Art Director
Steven A. Saklad Art Director
Margery Simkin Casting
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Title/Being Mrs. Flax [:26]
2. A Sign From Above [2:46]
3. Mr. Landsky's Shoes [6:40]
4. To And From School [3:35]
5. P.T.A. Dating Service [4:05]
6. Love On A Sunday [6:50]
7. Talent Vs. Passion [4:14]
8. Sins Of The Saints [3:14]
9. A Perfect TV Home [7:47]
10. The Truth About Babies [4:45]
11. A Family At Sea [2:23]
12. A Mermaid New Year [5:34]
13. One Cold Winter Night [4:32]
14. Aftermath [5:44]
15. Some Kind Of Heaven [1:37]
16. End Credits [1:41]

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