Ron Howard (1984)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This charming romantic comedy touched a chord with audiences around the world and propelled its stars Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, along with director Ron Howard, to Hollywood's front rank. Hannah plays the innocent mermaid who docks on dry land to locate the boy (now the grown-up Hanks) she saved from drowning many years ago. Hanks and Hannah make a pair of charismatic leads, although John Candy (another player on the road to stardom) gets most of the best gags. Howard piles on the good-natured fun and manages to keep soppiness largely at bay. The film was followed four years later by a dismal TV-movie sequel.


A lonely New Yorker is rescued from drowning by a mermaid, who falls in love with him and assumes human form so she can seek him out in Manhattan. He is soon equally smitten, and she resolves to keep her true nature a secret from him. However, an obsessive scientist suspects the truth and plans to prove it. Romantic fantasy comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah and John Candy.

Cast & Crew

Allen Bauer Tom Hanks
Madison Daryl Hannah
Walter Kornbluth Eugene Levy
Freddie Bauer John Candy
Mrs Stimler Dody Goodman
Mr Buyrite Shecky Greene
Dr Ross Richard B Shull
Jerry Bobby DiCicco
Dr Zidell Howard Morris
Tim, the doorman Tony DiBenedetto
Claude David Knell
Augie Tony Longo
Wedding guest Clint Howard
Director Ron Howard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Some swearing. NudityAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama