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Mermaids [DVD]

Cher , Bob Hoskins , Richard Benjamin    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder, Michael Schoeffling, Christina Ricci
  • Directors: Richard Benjamin
  • Writers: June Roberts, Patty Dann
  • Producers: Lauren Lloyd, Patrick J. Palmer, Suzanne Rothbaum, Wallis Nicita
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish, German, French, Italian, English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, German, French, Italian, English, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: German, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JYB4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,217 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Richard Benjamin's off-beat 1990 comedy Mermaids found Cher at the peak of her big-screen form. She plays Mrs Flax to the manner born. The eccentric mother feeds her two daughters on hors d'oeuvres and sticks a pin in the map to decide the family's next destination when her love affairs have run their course. When they reach New England, however, events--and an unlikely but amiable suitor (Bob Hoskins)--interrupt her self-centred progress and bring the facts of life home to roost with a vengeance. It's a well-made comedy with good performances from Cher and Hoskins, although neither of them is particularly stretched. There is also enough tension in the relationship between Mrs Flax and her eldest child to make it poignant as well as funny. As the Flax daughters, Winona Ryder (neurotic, unworldly Charlotte) and Christina Ricci (swimming-mad "fishhead") show plenty of the promise which has since made them two of America's most appealing film actresses. Stuffed with authentic 1960s detail, Mermaids is actually a modern "woman's picture" which affirms the often precarious bonds of family relationships.

On the DVD: Presented in widescreen format, optimised for high-resolution television sets, Mermaids is a vibrant visual treat for anybody with an affection for 1960s kitsch and fashion. The picture quality is superb and the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack sharp; some cracking dialogue has to share the sound waves with thumping hits of the day and, over the final credits, Cher's global smash hit rendering of "It's in His Kiss". But apart from a multilingual choice of soundtracks and subtitles and the original theatrical trailer, there are no extras. --Piers Ford

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars These Mermaids Splash with Zest for Life 26 July 2001
By Roland
Actor turned director Benjamin's heartfelt, nostalgic rendering of Patty Dann's cult-novel dealing with the trials and tribulations of restless mother Cher, who changes towns as often as her current boyfriend doesn't live up to her expectations, and precocious, god-fearing daughter Ryder, who falls hard for the local caretaker man of Eastport, Boston, in the 60's. When salesman Hoskins lays eyes on Cher and she is smitten with Ryder's hunk, things get really complicated... Clever dialogue, peppered with now famous oneliners ('Charlotte you drive like old people make love'), a great 60's soundtrack (that's Betty Everett singing the original version of the Shoop Shoop Song 17 mins into the film), and top notch performances all around - with Ryder as a standout - make this one a treat. Though film takes you to familiar places - hey, we all have been 15 once, let alone madly in love for the first time - it rings true every second, and it helps you recalling those moments with a tear to shed and a smile on your face. What joy! What fun!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mermaids is an unknown masterpiece! 24 May 2001
Such a good film! Winona Ryder is excellent and I didnt believe that cher could act that good. It is one of those movies you can watch over and over again and not get bored of it. If you dont end up falling in love with little christina Ricci then may god have mercy on your soul!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost A Classic 19 April 2009
A car can't be considered to be a classic until it is at least 20 years old. Another necessity is a reappraisal with the benefit of time.

Well, Mermaids is nearly 20 years old and, having just wathced it again for the first time in several years, I am happy to report I enjoyed as much, if not more, than ever -s urely the test of a good movie.

A mixture of gentle comedy, soft Pathos and light metaphor, Mermaids delivers a well known morale with a novel twist and just enough distance between our reality and that of the characters to make it touching and telling.

Cher is surreal, Christina Ricci adorable, Winona endangered while Bob plays the perfect fantasy father figure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ricci, WInona and Cher make a great trio 16 May 2007
By Jay
Oh yeah, another incredible performance by Cher. Sure, it's no Moonstruck, but Mermaids is very entertaining. I also have to mention that Winona Ryder did a fantastic job, and young Christina Ricci is absolutely adorable. I only have a couple of problems with the film. The first is Cher's character. The character is very predictable and equally as hard to swallow. She is almost too abrasive and inept to be real. Winona Ryder's character experiences much more growth during the course of the movie than Cher's does, and I find that disappointing. I had higher hopes for her character. But she remained stagnant for the most part. Still, Cher does a great job portraying the wacky mother who scorns main courses. My only other problem is with the story itself, which is just a bit contrived. The plot resolves itself in a very unnatural way that would not occur in real life, most likely. The movie seems to hurriedly race to the happy ending in a very improbable way. But, Mermaids is still worth watching over and over again because it is hilarious, and because every teenage girl can relate to Winona Ryder's character. Mermaids is also very well-written and numerous laughs are thrown in everywhere. As others have said, it's a `feel-good' movie. It's nothing brilliant or life altering, but it's definitely worth seeing and if you're at a certain point in your life (like your teen years, specifically) it can be very moving. It's also great as a period piece. The soundtrack goes with the time period and includes Cher's version of `The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss),' as well as the late Peggy Lee's `Fever.' The references to JFK's assassination fit in perfectly as well. Anyone who lived during that time would tell you that it's just wrong to make a movie set in that time period without mentioning JFK's assassination because it was so devastating to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet, funny film 12 Jun 2006
Possibly one of the best films of the early 90s, "Mermaids" is both a snapshot of the 1960s and a wonderful portrait of an unconventional family that doesn't try too hard to be whimsical. Cher plays unconventional Mrs. Flax with flair, breezing through the film with a cigarette in her hand and her hair always perfectly in place. Christina Ricci is adorable as Kate, the swimming fanatic (a complete contrast from her more famous role, Wednesday Adams!). Bob Hoskins inhabits his role of smitten shopkeeper with ease. And Winona Ryder is the centre of the film as precocious Charlotte, torn between Catholic ideals and her earthly passion for Joe, the local handyman. The film is backed up by a smart script and a wonderful soundtrack. It's perfect for a lazy afternoon or a quiet evening in.

I'm giving it four stars because the extras leave a lot to be desired (as if often the case with small films). The trailer, some profiles and that's it. Some interviews or a commentary would have been nice.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sentimental but who cares? It's fun! 10 Feb 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Mermaids is one of my favourite movies ever! It features Winona Ryder in one of her best roles. It's a touching movie but also really funny. If you like Winona and Cher, then you cannot go wrong. Buy it. You'll love it. I do
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the film it is a feel good movie to ... 13 July 2014
By di
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Love the film it is a feel good movie to me I would buy again from this seller sent out in very good time well packed and a good price thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film
Bought this DVD after the sad death of Bob had been a favourite of my children's when they were younger and was lovely to watch again... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bevlin
5.0 out of 5 stars its in his kiss
chers best performance ever where her two daughters and her keep moving,the eldest wanting to be a nun,the youngest a prze winning swimmwer,they ecide to stay in conneticut and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by davidhattermann
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
One of Cheri finest movies a real winner based on life's hardships and courage. All about growing up in a mixed up world
Published 1 month ago by S. R. Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Loved the songs but would have liked to have seen Blame it on the Bossa Nova by Eydie Gorme, Mambo Italiano by Rosemary Clooney, Dominique by The Singing Nun and Fever by Peggy Lee... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Penney
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Was a gift for a family member which they asked for. Was a decent price and they were happy with it, so I was happy with it.
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I saw this movie when it was released in the 1990's. I thought it would be good to watch with my wife and Daughter. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
it was so good to watch this and i have all the collection to go with mermaid .... i have no dislike all likes :) xxxxxx
Published 9 months ago by Miss S. Weaver
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