Tom Hanks  Actor Daryl Hannah  Actor John Candy  Actor Eugene Levy  Actor Dody Goodman  Actor


MPAA Rating: PG
Contains:Mild Violence,Brief Nudity,Adult Situations,Questionable for Children,Adult Language,Adult Humor

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UPC: 786936207972

Studio: Walt Disney Video

MPAA Rating: PG   Contains:[Mild Violence, Brief Nudity, Adult Situations, Questionable for Children, Adult Language, Adult Humor]

Summary: "I'm in love with a mermaid!" read the opening line of Leonard Maltin's original review for Splash. And with the delightful Darryl Hannah in the lead, who could fault Maltin for his public declaration of ardor? The story begins in 1959, when a young boy is rescued from a watery grave by an adolescent mermaid. Twenty-five years later, the boy has grown up--and lo and behold, it's Tom Hanks. Meanwhile, the mermaid, likewise grown up, has surfaced in search of Hanks, her long-lost love. On dry land, the mermaid is able to walk about on legs; any contact with salt water, and she reverts to her half-fish form. Adopting the name of Madison from a New York street sign, the girl manages to win Hanks' heart. Alas, a secret government lab, populated by such smarmy types as Richard B. Shull and Eugene Levy, captures Madison for research purposes--and possible vivisection. Egged on by his brother John Candy, Hanks rescues his beloved, joining her in the ocean depths as a mer-man (mer-fellow? mer-guy?) A captivating confection from the peerless creative team of director Ron Howard and screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, Splash was a winner all the way--especially at the box office, where the $11 million film racked up a huge profit. Historical sidebar: Splash was the first release from Disney's Touchstone Pictures division. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: Comedy

Awards: Best Picture - Musical or Comedy – null Best Original Screenplay – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture - Musical or Comedy – Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Features: cc "Making a Splash": Babaloo Mandel, Brain Grazer, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy, Lowell Ganz, Ron Howard, and Tom Hanks reminisce on making the film
Commentary by director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer, and writers Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel (with introduction and closing by Ron Howard)
Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah audition tapes with introductions by Ron Howard


Format: DVD

Release Date: 03/23/2004

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Theatre Wide-Screen

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 110 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits
2. Boy Overboard
3. Grownup Problems
4. Desolate Drunk
5. Cape Cod
6. Mysterious Encounter
7. To the Rescue
8. Bloomingdale's
9. Home Away From Home
10. A Distant Memory
11. Allen in Love
12. A Big Present
13. Allen's Proposal
14. Looking for Love
15. Behold, the Mermaid
16. A Lucky Guy
17. Covert Operation
18. On the Run
19. A Leap of Faith
20. End Credits

Derek Armstrong

Splash, Ron Howard's bubbly romantic comedy fairy tale, marks Tom Hanks at his early screwball best, as light and buoyant then as he has since become serious and stately. In one of his first prominent film roles, Hanks effectively plays the loosey-goosey romantic idealist Allen Bauer. Darryl Hannah brings touching innocence to the role of the adult mermaid, hiding her identity from Bauer by never allowing her legs to get wet with saltwater -- which would transform them into her telltale fin. There are a lot of cute, (forgive the pun) fish-out-of-water set pieces in New York, the most farfetched of which is Hannah's character learning English after a day of watching TV at Bloomingdale's. While Hanks is quite funny, and sometimes as charmingly naïve and hopeful as his best moments in Big, the film's considerable laughs belong mostly to John Candy and Eugene Levy. Candy plays his typical loveable lout, a jokester with soul, and Levy is riotous as the oft-injured scientist villain, whose apropos refrain ("What a week I'm having!") is supported by a chain of slapstick scenarios that only Levy could play with such goofy frustration. At the helm, Howard strikes a sweet balance between humor and sentiment in one of the earliest of a string of directorial successes. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Bruce Jay Friedman  Screenwriter 
Lowell Ganz  Screenwriter 
Brian Grazer  Producer 
Brian Grazer  Screenwriter 
Lee Holdridge  Composer (Music Score) 
Ron Howard  Director 
Babaloo Mandel  Screenwriter 
Tom Hanks  Actor 
Daryl Hannah  Actor 
John Candy  Actor 
Eugene Levy  Actor 
Dody Goodman  Actor 
Shecky Green  Actor 
Richard B. Shull  Actor 
Christopher Thomas  Actor 
Nancy Raffa  Actor 
Charles Macaulay  Actor 
Ronald F. Hoiseck  Actor 
Bobby Di Cicco  Actor 
Howard Morris  Actor 
Tony di Benedetto  Actor 
Patrick Cronin  Actor 
Charles Walker  Actor 
David Knell  Actor 
Jeff Doucette  Actor 
Royce D. Applegate  Actor 
Tony Longo  Actor 
Nora Denney  Actor 
Lou Tiano  Actor 
Joe Grifasi  Actor 
Rance Howard  Actor 
Corki Grazer  Actor 
Fred Lerner  Actor 
David Nelson  Actor 
Lowell Ganz  Actor 
James Ritz  Actor 
Babaloo Mandel  Actor 
Pierre Epstein  Actor 
Louisa Marie  Actor 
Valerie Wildman  Actor 
Richard Dano  Actor 
Clint Howard  Actor 
Ron Kuhlman  Actor 
Joe Cirillo  Actor 
Tom Toner  Actor 
Lee Delano  Actor 
Jack Denton  Actor 
Fil Formicola  Actor 
Than Wyenn  Actor 
Clare Peck  Actor 
Eileen Saki  Actor 
Jodi Long  Actor 
Amy Ingersoll  Actor 
Jack Hallett  Actor 
Bill Smitrovich  Actor 
Jason Late  Actor 
Darryl Edwards  Actor 
Nick D'Elia  Actor 

Country: USA