Beaches

1988

Beaches

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88%

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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.

Cast

Bette Midler
as CC Bloom
Barbara Hershey
as Hillary Whitney Essex
John Heard
as John Pierce
Spalding Gray
as Doctor Richard Milstein
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 Maitre d'
Lori Marshall
as Tavern on the Green Patron
Steven Majewicz
as Phillipe De Brassiere
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 #1
Julie Paris
as Delivery Room Nurse #2
Mariann Aalda
as Ticket Seller
Bo Sabato
as Hollywood Bowl Stage Manager
Anne Betancourt
as Miss Valdez
Harvey Keenan
as Man in Bagels
Arnold McCuller
as Hollywood Bowl Backup Singer
Carla Earle
as Hollywood Bowl Backup Singer
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
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Audience Reviews for Beaches

  • Dec 19, 2010
    This movie always makes me cry
    Smokey B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2010
    Such awful, awful melodrama, but I love it! DID YOU EVER KNOW THAT YOU'RE MY HEEEEROOOO?
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2010
    (1988 Director: Garry Marshall) One of the best "friends" movies I have ever watched--watched with a great friend Saturday night. Highly recommend this tale of unbreakable friendship, jealousy & the realities of fame & life's choices. Stars Bette Midler & Barbara Hershey.
    Teresa S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2009
    Very sad! But such a sweet story of friendship.
    Erin C Super Reviewer

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