Mermaids

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 2/6/2001
  • UPC: 027616858481
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,003

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    I LOVE......One of the best story's to date my personal favorite

    I LOVE......One of the best story's to date my personal favorite movie defiantly one to see!!!!!

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  • Posted December 4, 2011

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    nice! after watching this movie you'll really start to apprecite your Mother!

    i can so relate to this movie my mom and I don't always get along and in the flim the mother and daughter were total opposites all in all this is a great movie love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jonathan - 24, student, self proclaimed CHERophite

    A great movie that addresses teen angst and the relationship between mother and daughter. It deals with growing up, accepting change, learning to face your issues, and how to open your heart to others and let them in your life. And most of all it makes you appreciate YOUR mother!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really good movie!!

    THIS WAS A VERY GOOD MOVIE IT HAS DRAMA AND COMEDY.ITS ALSO A COMING OF AGE MOVIE A GIRL DISCOVERING HER SEXUALITY AND THE MEANING OF ''FAMILY.''

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