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Beaches (1988)




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Based on a novel by Iris Rainer Dart, Beaches traces the 30-year oil-and-water friendship between free-spirited Bronx Jew CC Bloom (Bette Midler) and uptight San Francisco WASP Hillary Essex (Barbara Hershey). The two meet as children in Atlantic City (played by Mayim Bialik and Marcie Leeds) and are reunited in the 1960s, when CC is a struggling singer and Hillary is trying to break free from her staid upbringing by becoming an activist. The two ladies room together, then fall out when both are attracted to off-Broadway producer John Pierce (John Heard). CC wins John, but she quickly outgrows him as she matriculates into a bawdy performer. The recently patched-up friendship between CC and Hillary is torn asunder again when Hillary and her new husband express distaste for CC's performing style. Comes the 1970s, and CC and Hillary are reunited after shedding their respective spouses. Broke again, they once more become Manhattan roommates. Their bond strengthens, but there is tragedy in store for the duo.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mary Agnes Donoghue
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 29, 2005


Bette Midler
as CC Bloom
Barbara Hershey
as Hillary Whitney Esse...
John Heard
as John Pierce
Spalding Gray
as Doctor Richard Milst...
Lainie Kazan
as Leona Bloom
James Read
as Michael Essex
Grace Johnston
as Victoria Essex
Mayim Bialik
as Young CC
Marcie Leeds
as Young Hillary
Carol Williard
as Aunt Vesta
Allan Kent
as Mr. Melman
Phil Leeds
as Sammy Pinkers
Lynda Goodfriend
as Mrs. Myandowski
Frank Campanella
as Frank the Doorman
Diane Frazen
as Marjorie
Michael Elias
as Seedy Bar Patron
Tracy Reiner
as Dept. Store Clerk
Zachary Weintraub
as ACLU Worker
Nicky Blair
as Tavern on the Green ...
Lori Marshall
as Tavern on the Green ...
Steven Majewicz
as Phillipe De Brassier...
Joe Grifasi
as Otto Titsling
Mona Lyden
as Actor 1
Eddie Mekka
as Actor 3
Judith Baldwin
as Screaming Woman
Jane Dulo
as Hillary's Neighbor
Lisa Savage
as Michael's Mistress
Steve Restivo
as Pink Palm Bartender
Kathi Marshall
as Delivery Room Nurse ...
Julie Paris
as Delivery Room Nurse ...
Mariann Aalda
as Ticket Seller
Bo Sabato
as Hollywood Bowl Stage...
Anne Betancourt
as Miss Valdez
Harvey Keenan
as Man in Bagels
Arnold McCuller
as Hollywood Bowl Backu...
Carla Earle
as Hollywood Bowl Backu...
Ken Gibbel
as Cowboy Actor
Lucinda Crosby
as TV Interviewer
Harvey Miller
as Movie Director
Barbara Marshall
as I.C.U. Nurse #2
Scott Marshall
as Car Rental Agent
Ken Miller
as Peasant
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Critic Reviews for Beaches

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (6)

The film's oily overdefinition of various class and cultural categories is strident enough to betray a condescending attitude toward the audience.

Full Review… | April 7, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Make some popcorn and get out the Kleenex.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Garry Marhsall's unbearabaly schmaltzy and stereotyical medlodrama contrasts a brassy Jewish singer with an elegant WASPy socialite that even actresses like Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey cannot elevate or rescue.

Full Review… | August 10, 2010

Maudlin & weepy with tender performances by Midler and Hershey.

February 20, 2007
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers seems obvious that certain audiences will get a whole lot more out of it than others.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Beaches


I found the friendship was really weird to be honest, more like a old married couple, that turned into whose cock is bigger slagging match.
I did enjoy this movie, i loved the songs and i loved the cast.
It was a funny sad drama of friendship that was really captivating.
I'd say it is one to watch.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Such awful, awful melodrama, but I love it! DID YOU EVER KNOW THAT YOU'RE MY HEEEEROOOO?

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Heartwarming story about friendship through illness. Great cast.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Beaches Quotes

CC Bloom: Hilary you got so fat!
Hillary Whitney Essex: I'm not fat I'm having a baby.
CC Bloom: You're not. You're having a baby?
Hillary Whitney Essex: I'm three months pregnant.
CC Bloom: That's great.
Hillary Whitney Essex: Before I caught him with that woman we made love and that's when it ...
CC Bloom: (interrupts) What woman?
Hillary Whitney Essex: There was this woman I caught them together ...
CC Bloom: (interrupts) Michael?
Hillary Whitney Essex: Of course Michael and that's when it happened, and he doesn't want it because he's going to marry her. Can you believe it he's going to marry her?
CC Bloom: (to bartender) Would you make this a double please?
CC Bloom: (to Hillary) Let me get this straight. You caught Michael with another woman?
Hillary Whitney Essex: Yes.
CC Bloom: And now you're going to have a baby all on your own
Hillary Whitney Essex: Mmhmm (shakes head)
CC Bloom: Oh Hillary I think that's wonderful
Hillary Whitney Essex: You do?
CC Bloom: I think it's the most exciting thing and if it's a girl will you name it after me? (hugs Hillary)
Hillary Whitney Essex: (quietly) Yes.
– Submitted by Matthew C (3 years ago)
Hillary Age 11: Be sure to keep in touch C.C. okay?
C.C. Age 11: Well, sure we're friends aren't we?
– Submitted by Matthew C (3 years ago)

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