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Mermaids (1990)

An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds.

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Carrie
Jan Miner ...
Mother Superior
Betsy Townsend ...
Richard McElvain ...
Mr. Crain
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Mrs. Crain
Dossy Peabody ...
Coach Parker
William Paul Steele ...
Boss in Oklahoma
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Pete Kovner ...
Perfect Family Father
Patricia Madden ...
Perfect Family Mother
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Storyline

After yet another failed relationship, Mrs. Flax (Cher) ups her family to the east coast to start all over again. Reluctantly dragged along with her is her daughter Charlotte - going through a very confusing time of her life - who wants to become a nun, and instead falls in love with a quiet, mild-mannered church employee, to the mixed response of her mother. Set at around the time of the Kennedy Assassination. Written by Paul Skerry <pauls@miles33.co.uk>

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This is our mother. Pray for us. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi madre es una sirena  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,514,678, 16 December 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,419,397
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1.85 : 1
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The film's three central female characters were portrayed by actresses - Cher, Winona Ryder, and Christina Ricci - who all sported jet black hair in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Charlotte's blue eye shadow disappears and reappears as she goes to/returns from the hospital. See more »

Quotes

Charlotte Flax: He has the most beautiful skin in captivity, I love him because he wears moccasins in the winter even though his feet must feel like blocks of ice.
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Soundtracks

Blame It on the Bossa Nova
Written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
Performed by Eydie Gormé (as Edyie Gorme)
Courtesy of GL Music, Inc.
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Funny older and still can touch your heart.
7 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I have to say that this movie is incredibly underrated. The movie is from the daughter's point of view and Ryder does an excellent job playing the purtian to Cher's mother role. I can't believe Christina Richie's first role- even back then she was incredible. She has a way of stealing the movie. This movie has a sad vibe. Here's the point of the movie, once you see it , you can remember the feelings and 10 years later I'm able to remember how wonderful it is. The music to the movie is awesome. I, along with several of my friends have this soundtrack which makes me think this was one of the first true soundtrack purchases from the 90's


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