6.31 h 49 min1984PG
Tom Hanks is rescued at sea by the mermaid of his dreams!
Ron Howard
Tom HanksDaryl HannahEugene Levy
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John Candy
Brian Grazer
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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JosieReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Just laugh away Coronovirus - see Splash 20th Edition DVD!!
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Firstly, Amazon got this DVD to me super fast (regular mail!) and it was perfect to get this the same week that Coronovirus rates were rapidly escalating in my area. This DVD is way funnier than I remembered :-) and we were
all completely distracted from this Coronovirus bully by watching this comedy. Much better than I remember, loved watching this. The quality of the 20th Edition release is also very clear, well done and looks like a brand new release (which it is!!). Prepare to laugh and real loud and deep belly laughter as well (very therapeutic). This is terrific. Enjoy...
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S1984Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic comedy with Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, & Eugene Levy
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Allen:”I've been waiting for someone and when I find her, she's... she's a fish. Freddie:”Nobody said love's perfect.” The quotes in this film are priceless.

Allen Bauer (Hanks) works as a produce/vegetable seller whose life is transformed by an unexpected romance. As a child he is rescued from drowning off Cape Cod by a young mermaid. Years later, he returns to the same location, and once again manages to fall into the sea, and is rescued once more by the mermaid. The movie is about a mermaid in Manhattan - (Hannah) who comes to find the boy. The man & mermaid's happiness are jeopardized by insane scientist/mermaid hunter (Levy). The scientist is determined on exposing Madison as a fish-woman lends the story with screwball comedy. Gotta love John Candy who plays Allen's brother Freddie. Well written and a literal fish out of water story that wins you over.
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Katie1974Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Charming movie, but fairly dated due to sexism
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I recall mildly enjoying this film as a young teen, and watched it recently with my kids (9 and 11). There is some mild sexual suggestion, but the more interesting issue was that "Splash" truly embodies the ultimate male fantasy. Not the mermaid aspect (except perhaps for men with a fish fetish), but the beautiful, leggy blonde of few words who will initiate sex with Tom Hanks anywhere--like the elevator in his apartment building, or on top of his refrigerator (neither is actually shown, LOL). Darryl Hannah is indeed luminous as the mermaid with the unpronounceable name that breaks TVs, and the movie is worth revisiting just to bask in her warm glow...Also, John Candy is a talent to be missed, playing Tom Hanks' playboy older brother with a former penchant for looking up women's skirts. In sum, even the slightly offensive sexism and dated script (also: New York City in the early 1980s= grungy!) can be overlooked because of the 3 featured stars.
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Francis Booth LynchReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
A fun adventure
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Bonus movie 1 of 1984 in my journey through films of my lifetime and.

This is a big one. A movie I have never seen, never had an occasion to see it, and when the idea for this retrospective came up this was one of the first movies I thought about. All of that's fine but a bigger thing I'm looking for is if this movie will recapture the feeling of the 80's in not only an authentic way but also remind me of what it was like back then as well. Do I have high expectations? Not really but here goes nothing.

Nothing happens for the first 20 minutes. It's barely even set up. Additionally the first 20 minutes has some of the least funny comedy one could see. It's hard to imagine that Ron Howard had Tom Hanks and the greatest SCTV alums and concluded that slap stick was the way to go. "Ouch" is the only word to describe the beginning of "Splash."
My mind can't help but wonder as I watched this so I came up with an idea for a sequel: "Splash 2: Meet the Parents!" where Hanks tries to get her family out of a lovecraft cult called "The Esoteric Order of Dagon" only to realize he's actually one of them just like in "Shadow Over Innsmouth." I had fun changing all the dialogue to her hiding her Innsmouth citizenship rather than being a mermaid. Of course that's probably not a good sign!

I do appreciate their efforts, they really tried to make a good entertaining movie, they respected their audience. Unfortunately I'd say "Splash" failed to achieve its comedic goals. It wasn't all bad though and to be fair there were some funny moments. Some examples (details ommited): her saying her real name, the lobster eating scene which was funny because of how it was statged and filmed so good job Howard! A funny moment was John Candy and Hanks pretending to speak Swedish. So "Splash" did utilize Candy's comedy talent at least once. There was at least two other moments that hit a laugh from me but the fact I can itemize them isn't good.

What's telling is what interest me the most  about "Splash." Hanks doesn't know he's dating a mermaid. A scene happens at about the 55 minute mark where he's on the outskirts of piecing it together but can't quite figure it out. Great scene but almost an hour in to get to this character's "thing" is way too long. I think the story just failed to emphasize that the guy doesn't know this is a mermaid. It's one of those oversights I understand because it would seem obvious to the writers and producers but it's really not. As an audience member I'm still waiting for what this movie is about and it really wasn't about much at this point.

Candy's acting was great. He handles drama as good as he does comedy. His most dramatic moment was easily as good as the drive way scene in "Ucle Buck" where he had the kids in the car to take them to the horse track.

just like in "Starman" there is this unjustified time frame of 6 days until she has to leave. I understand the need to push the narrative forward but this is lazy writing. Unlike "Starman" "Splash" had a perfect set up and payoff using tabloids and popular forms of media to express the shift of the public narrative from incredible to credible which was pretty interesting. The end of course was a military chase and the striking similarities to "Starman" were even more profound except for a rather large exception which I'll omit to avoid spoilers. I will say this though, in the final frame, a lovecraftian, cyclopian city! How hilarious would it have been to end with some creepy music? Oh well.

-entertaining for sure
-had funny moments
-fun to watch its star cast
-scratched an 80's itch
-the bonus material on the DVD was fascinating

-not great
-the opening act was a lot of wasted time
-a lot of wasted talent. Using Candy for mere slapstick is a sin!
-highly predictable ending that mimics everything of its day and can be seen even in my retrospective including "Starman" and "Firestarter."
BruceReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
This Film Still Makes a Big 'Splash'!
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I hadn't viewed this movie since I was 9 years old when it came out in theaters, and we spent that summer watching it on cable. I think it was on the Showtime movie channel. After watching it, we'd go swimming in the pool, my sister and I pretending to be mer-people. I was just a kid, but I had a crush on Darryl Hannah as Madison. She was beautiful, but she was the only actress who tried out for the role, who had that base innocence about her being. Even during the retrospective special feature for this 20th Anniversary Edition DVD, she still comes off like a sweet little child-like personality. She IS still Madison, but then you see her in Kill Bill as Elle Driver, and realize she was portraying a totally different character. Her turn as Madison was a bit closer to her own personality and character, and it really is a great thing for the movie, because without any of the respective cast, this film wouldn't be quite the same.

Seeing this again the other night for the first time in 38 years, I was taken back to the wonderful period of 80's filmmaking, where it was okay to make modern fairy tales like Splash, and Mannequin. This was not Tom Hanks' first movie, but it was the first time we saw him do what he has done best with his current roles in recent years. He can act, AND be funny. John Candy as his brother Freddie, is priceless in his role. So many times in the movie I was reminded just how important his character was as a sounding board for Tom Hanks' character Allen. Without Freddie, Allen wouldn't have grown up and rescued Madison from the dastardly university scientists, who want to carve her up and study her nervous and pulmonary systems. Eugene Levy plays Walter Kornbluth, an understudy of the University of Science, and has been viewed by his peers as somewhat of a joke. This forces him to be a bit unscrupulous in exposing Madison for what she is, in order to gain legitimacy. Levy is brilliant in his comedic timing, and is a valuable commodity to this film, because his arc is such that he is a humorous nemesis in the first half of the movie, only to feel extreme regret about handing Madison over to the Science Team at the University. He sees the heartbreak, and sadness that Madison is feeling in isolation at the lab, and he shows some acting in this scene, where you realize that comedians have that sufferation in life that enhances their dramatic turns in a film.

It's this point in the movie where the scene between Hanks and Candy happens, and we see that Freddie may be the irresponsible brother with a heart of gold, but it shows that he has a mature understanding of what's REALLY important in life, and sets his brother Allen straight about how important Madison is to Allen, and this galvanizes Allen to make an attempt at a rescue. This turns the last act of the movie into a comedic action chase sequence, which brings me to state just what this movie is, categorically. It's directed by Ron Howard, early in his career, it's produced by Brian Grazer, and has the likes of Candy, Hanks, and Levy. This film truly is a well rounded film, and it is a modern take on Hans Christians Anderson's The Little Mermaid, so it's a) a fantasy film, b) a romantic comedy, c) an action film, AND d) a dramatic morality play. It was a real success with audiences when it was released in theaters, and had a good life on cable and eventually, VHS. Why there is no blu-ray for this movie, is beyond me. But I will highly recommend this 20th Anniversary Disney DVD, because the retrospective feature is a fairly lengthy and in depth interview process with the stars, Ron Howard the director, and Producer Brian Grazer. It hits all the right spots in its scope. Until a proper blu-ray is given, the upscale my blu-ray player brought to this well done DVD iteration, will do.
R. B.Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's a great film with a lot of heart, but it is a product of its time.
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Great movie, I appreciate it in its "unmeddled with" original form. Looking at you, Disney plus. The edits they made on the streaming site are unforgivable and unnecessary. It has never been released beyond DVD so this may be the only/best physical release... I would love a 4K or even bluray but th7s was a great as alternate it ve if those don't happen or worse are made from the censored cut. Glad I fit it while I could. The movie doesnt need a review it's a great film, even if its values are sometimes a little cringey in today's generation. Try to look past the influence of the times and appreciate it for being a product of it's time and move on. Plus how often do you see Tom Hanks being a little bit of jerk? Get a copy while you can.
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dustyrose1973Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Classic!
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I grew up watching this movie so it was fun to revisit all of my favorite moments: the opening sequence with the dropped coins, the confused but sweet receptionist, "Bocce Balls!", Dr. Cornbluth and the Moron Twins ("Oh, we're not twins."), the revelation of the real name of Daryl Hannah's character while in the department store electronics department, "I was shy.", infiltrating the scientific lab while pretending to be Swedish. The list goes on and on...
It was also fun to catch the little details that I can see as an adult that I was blissfully unaware of as a child.
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richard e whitelockReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a delightful story for kids of all ages. It is light and entertaining and suitable for all viewers with a PG rating. It should definitely be in your disc library. How often does a New Yorker find a merimaid straight out of the Hudson River? This is a story made by dreams and very entertaining. Because of nude presentations, be made aware of this so you can control kid's ages with content. Short of brief nudity, this is a wonderful and entertaining movie.
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