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.
Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Disney

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Cast

Bette Midler
as CC Bloom
Barbara Hershey
as Hillary Whitney Essex
John Heard
as John Pierce
Lainie Kazan
as Leona Bloom
Harvey Miller
as Movie Director
Mariann Aalda
as Ticket Seller
Spalding Gray
as Doctor Richard Milstein
Judith Baldwin
as Screaming Woman
Mayim Bialik
as Young CC
Zachary Weintraub
as ACLU Worker
Scott Marshall
as Car Rental Agent
Ken Miller
as Peasant
James Read
as Michael Essex
Ken Gibbel
as Cowboy Actor
Joe Grifasi
as Otto Titsling
Grace Johnston
as Victoria Essex
Michael Elias
as Seedy Bar Patron
Marcie Leeds
as Young Hillary
Frank Campanella
as Frank the Doorman
Phil Leeds
as Sammy Pinkers
Nicky Blair
as Tavern on the Green Maitre d'
Tracy Reiner
as Dept. Store Clerk
Frank Buxton
as Doctor
Bill Applebaum
as Actor 2
Anne Betancourt
as Miss Valdez
Michael Bryan French
as Head Waiter
Arnold McCuller
as Hollywood Bowl Backup Singer
Doris Hess
as Maura
Robert Ball
as Harry
Mona Lyden
as Actor 1
Eddie Mekka
as Actor 3
Jane Dulo
as Hillary's Neighbor
Lucinda Crosby
as TV Interviewer
Harvey Keenan
as Man in Bagels
Allan Kent
as Mr. Melman
Karin Calabro
as Actor 4
Kathi Marshall
as Delivery Room Nurse #1
Steve Restivo
as Pink Palm Bartender
Julie Paris
as Delivery Room Nurse #2
Lynda Goodfriend
as Mrs. Myandowski
Carol Williard
as Aunt Vesta
Diane Frazen
as Marjorie
Steven Majewicz
as Phillipe De Brassiere
Barbara Marshall
as I.C.U. Nurse #2
Lori Marshall
as Tavern on the Green Patron
Bo Sabato
as Hollywood Bowl Stage Manager
Lisa Savage
as Michael's Mistress
Carla Earle
as Hollywood Bowl Backup Singer
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Critic Reviews for Beaches

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (2)

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

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
EmanuelLevy.Com

Maudlin & weepy with tender performances by Midler and Hershey.

February 20, 2007
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

...it seems obvious that certain audiences will get a whole lot more out of it than others.

Full Review… | May 7, 2005
Reel Film Reviews

there are few horrors as singularly terrifying as this movie

April 27, 2005
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Beaches

½

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
Film Crazy

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

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

½

Heartwarming story about friendship through illness. Great cast.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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