.:Mermaids:.

Director: Richard Benjamin

Year: 1990
Country: USA

Tagline: This is our mother. Pray for us.

Production Companies: MGM, A Nicita/Lloyd/Palmer Production

Cast: Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder, Michael Schoeffling, Christina Ricci, Caroline McWilliams, Jan Miner, Betsy Townsend, Dossy Peabody

Writers: Patty Dann, June Roberts

Produced by: Lauren Lloyd, Wallis Nicita, Patrick J. Palmer, Suzanne Rothbaum

Original Music by: Jack Nitzsche

Cinematography by: Howard Atherton

Film Editing by: Jacqueline Cambas

Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance

Runtime: 110 min

Release Date:

14 December 1990 - USA

28 February 1991 - Argentina

March 1991 - Brazil

26 April 1991 - Finland

3 May 1991 - Sweden

15 May 1991 - France

16 May 1991 - Australia

24 May 1991 - UK

30 May 1991 - Germany

14 June 1991 - Netherlands

Trailers: trailer (Flash) www.trailerfan.com

Official site: MGM

Opening Weekend: $3,514,678 (USA)

US Gross: $35 419 397

Filming Dates: 25 September 1989 - 20 December 1989

 

 

 

Plot summary:

 

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.

Photos:

  

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Trivia:

- The role of Charlotte initially went to Emily Lloyd, who went to receive $435,000 and 2.5% of the net profits from the film. When Cher complained that the fair-haired Lloyd could not look like her daughter, she was cast out of the film and replaced by Winona Ryder. Lloyd then sued Orion Pictures Corporation and Mermaid Productions, reaching a settlement on the second day of the trial, 30 July 1991.

- Emily Lloyd had actually started shooting when Winona Ryder became available and Lloyd was unceremoniously dumped. (She later won a sizeable cash settlement from the production company for being booted off the film). Original director Frank Oz was also replaced, reputedly at Cher's insistence.

- In the scene where Charlotte and her mother fight about Kate's accident, Charlotte gets angry and breaks a plate. The scene ends with her mother slapping her in the face after a rude comment. The exact same things happened in Cher's film Mask (1985).

- This was to be the American film debut for director Lasse Hallström, until he repeatedly clashed with lead actress Cher and was replaced first by Frank Oz and then by 'Richard Benjamin'.

- Christina Ricci's debut.

 

Memorable quotes:

 

Charlotte Flax: I want to stay!
Rachel Flax: And do what?
Charlotte Flax: Finish high school
Rachel Flax: Great start. What's your major? Town tramp?
Charlotte Flax: No Mom, the town already has one.

 

Rachel Flax: Who's that?
Charlotte Flax: That's Mr. Crane, my history teacher, and he is very nice.
Rachel Flax: *He* is an asshole.
Charlotte Flax: You haven't even spoken to him yet!
Rachel Flax: Charlotte, I don't need to speak to him. He's driving an Edsel, for Christ's sake.

 

Rachel Flax: Charlotte, I know you're planning a celibate life, but with half my chromosomes, I think that might be tough.

 

Rachel Flax: Alright, you know what? I'll make you a deal. You stop being a little bitch for, let's say, oh, I don't know, an hour or two, and I won't knock the religion of your choice for a week.

 

[Charlotte is praying at a shrine she has made in her room to the Virgin Mary]
Rachel Flax: Charlotte, we're Jewish.

 

Rachel Flax: One thing you can rely on about your father: He can't be relied on.

 

Rachel Flax: Don't do anything I wouldn't do! Or don't do anything I would!

 

 

Weekend Chart Record

Date Rank Gross % Change Theaters Total Gross Days
12/14/1990 6 $3,514,678   920 $3,514,678 3
12/21/1990 10 $3,323,442 -5.44% 968 $8,349,564 10
12/28/1990 8 $6,199,833 +86.55% 977 $16,367,698 17
1/4/1991 8 $3,704,258 -40.25% 1,002 $21,231,536 24
1/11/1991 10 $2,287,275 -38.25% 1,111 $24,658,479 31

 

 

 

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