Allen Bauer is rescued from drowning as a young boy 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 (Allen isn't sure what he has seen and what he has imagined). Using maps from a sunken ship, the mermaid decides to search for Allen in New York City, sprouting legs when her tail dries. On finding Allen, they fall in love, but she has a secret, which will no longer be a secret if she gets her legs wet.Written by
Two days ago, this girl showed up naked at the Statue of Liberty. For Allen Bauer, it was love at first sight. Now, everyone is chasing her... trying to prove she's a mermaid. From the first laugh you'll be hooked. See more »
Brian Grazer came up with the idea for the film in 1977 while driving down the Pacific Coast Highway and thought about what it would be like to meet a mermaid and fall in love. See more »
When Madison eats lobster, the scene starts off with her hands bare, but then a ring with a large black stone appears on Madison's left hand, noticeable when she starts eating the lobster. The ring disappears from her hands when the camera is behind her, point to Allen. See more »
[catches Freddie looking up women's skirts]
I dropped something.
Ralph, talk to him.
[Ralph smacks Freddie upside the head]
Listen to your father. Come on, from over there we can see Cape Cod.
We were just on Cape Cod. We could have stayed there, I would have saved twelve dollars.
Allen, sweetheart, don't you want to see Cape Cod?
[Allen shakes his head]
All right, darling, you know where we are if you change your mind.
See more »
Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah swimming and coming to an underwater city. See more »
One TV version uses an alternate take of Madison entering a sunken ship; it's shown in long shot instead of the close-up of Daryl Hannah in the theatrical version. This is because Hannah's nipples can clearly be seen in that shot. Another take is used during the climactic underwater sequence for the same reason. See more »
Well-made comedy with a disturbing undertone of pessimism
Splash is a really well-made Hollywood fantasy comedy, with early Tom Hanks already developing into the charismatic everyman and Darryl Hannah and John Candy at their best. But under the comedy and sweetness I have always thought there was a disturbing undertone of extreme pessimism--just what kind of ugly and cruel society do we live in, in which the mermaid Madison's only prospect is that she will be tortured, from which Hanks' character ultimately has to flee, never to see his beloved brother again? (The same dark undertone is even more pronounced, I think, in Ron Howard's next big hit Cocoon, where the old folks willingly escape an earth and families that don't seem to offer them anything anymore.)
17 of 26 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this