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There's no point in recounting the many production problems and personal hostilities which plagued the filming of Mermaids: the end result is all that matters. Set in the 1960s, the film details the relationship between an unorthodox, unmarried vagabond mother (Cher), and her two daughters. The 15-year-old (Winona Ryder), continually embarrassed by her flamboyant mother, wants to be the world's greatest Catholic; the nine-year-old (Christina Ricci) would be satisfied with becoming the world's champion swimmer. Moving with her family to New England, the older daughter falls in love from afar with the groundskeeper (Michael Schoeffling) from a nearby convent, while Mom takes up with a lonely salesman (Bob Hoskins). Mermaids is perceptively adapted from the warmly comic novel by Patty Dann. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 14, 1990

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Winona Ryder Best Supporting Actress 1990 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Winona Ryder Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1990 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Richard Benjamin
Director
Patty Dann
Book Author
June Roberts
Screenwriter
Howard Atherton
Cinematographer
Jack Nitzsche
Composer (Music Score)
Jacqueline Cambas
Editor
Stuart Wurtzel
Production Designer
Christopher Cronyn
Production Designer
Evelyn Sakash
Art Director
Steven A. Saklad
Art Director
Lauren Lloyd
Co-producer
Patrick Palmer
Co-producer
Wallis Nicita
Co-producer
Suzanne Rothbaum
Associate Producer
Philip Messina
Set Designer
Hilton Rosemarin
Set Designer
Deborah Kanter
Set Designer
Marit Allen
Costume Designer
Harald Ortenburger
Camera Operator
Brian Ricci
Stunts
Margery Simkin
Casting
Al Laverde
Key Grip
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