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Splash (1984)

Splash (1984)



Critic Consensus: A perfectly light, warmly funny romantic comedy that's kept afloat by Ron Howard's unobtrusive direction and charming performances from Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah.

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This story begins in 1959, when a young boy is rescued from a watery grave by an adolescent mermaid. Twenty-five years later, the mermaid surfaces in search of her long-lost love. The girl manages to win his heart, but trouble ensues when a government lab captures her for research purposes.
Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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Touchstone Pictures

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Tom Hanks
as Allen Bauer
Daryl Hannah
as Madison
John Candy
as Freddie Bauer
Eugene Levy
as Dr. Walter Kornblush
Dody Goodman
as Mrs. Stimler
Shecky Green
as Mr. Buyrite
Richard B. Shull
as Dr. Ross
Howard Morris
as Dr. Zidell
Tony DiBenedetto
as Tim the Doorman
Patrick Cronin
as Michaelson
Charles Walker
as Michaelson's Partner
David Knell
as Claude
Jeff Doucette
as Junior
Charles Macaulay
as The President
Royce D. Applegate
as Buckwalter
Tony Longo
as Augie
Nora Denney
as Ms. Stein
Ronald F. Hoiseck
as Dr. Johanssen
Lou Tiano
as Bartender
Joe Grifasi
as Manny
Rance Howard
as McCullough
Fred Lerner
as Husband
David Lloyd Nelson
as Lt. Ingram
Al Chesney
as Fat Jack
Lowell Ganz
as Stan the Tour Guide
James Ritz
as TV Department Manager
Maurice Rice
as TV Salesman
Pierre Epstein
as Dr. Hess
Cheryl Howard
as Girls at Wedding
Louisa Marie
as Girls at Wedding
Valerie Wildman
as Wedding Guest
Christopher Thomas
as Wedding Guest
Richard Dano
as Wedding Guest
Clint Howard
as Wedding Guest
Ron Kuhlman
as Man with Date
Lori Kessler
as Girl with Date
Joe Cirillo
as Sgt. Munson
Tom Toner
as Parilli
Lee Delano
as Sgt. Lelandowski
Jack Denton
as Man by Elevator
Nick Cinardo
as George
Fil Formicola
as Policeman
Than Wyenn
as Mr. Ambrose
Clare Peck
as TV Reporter
Jason Late
as Young Freddie
Darryl Edwards
as Reporter
Shayla MacKarvich
as Young Madison
Eileen Saki
as Dr. Fujimoto
Nick D'Elia
as TV News Truck Driver
David Kreps
as Young Allen
Bill Smitrovich
as Ralph Bauer
Jack Hallett
as Reporter
Nancy Raffa
as Mary Bauer
Daryl Edwards
as Reporter
Amy Ingersoll
as Reporter
Victoria Lucas
as Reporter
Jodi Long
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Splash

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (6)

A romantic comedy that is as salty and bracing as a plunge in the surf.

Full Review… | May 10, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Although film is a bit uneven, production benefits from a tasty look, an airy tone, and a delectable, unblemished performance from Hannah.

Full Review… | May 21, 2008
Top Critic

Howard demonstrates exactly the correct soft touch, skirting the myriad problems of taste.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's too bad the relentlessly conventional minds that made this movie couldn't have made the leap from sitcom to comedy.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Splash may feature a heroine with fins, but it's mostly a standard love story, albeit one with some delightful new twists.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Its appeal is based almost entirely on regression -- a thematic regression to infancy and a stylistic regression to the most lulling kind of TV blandness.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Splash

Decent. Both these actors got better as they years went on. Don't expect tour de force performances here.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Popular fantasy by the Brian Grazer and Ron Howard team is a crowd pleaser due to the writing efforts of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and the charm of its leads, Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Boring and stupid, but a good hearted romance.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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