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Beaches [Blu-ray] (1988)

Bette Midler , Barbara Hershey , Garry Marshall  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, Spalding Gray, Lainie Kazan
  • Directors: Garry Marshall
  • Writers: Based On The Novel By Iris Rainer Dart, Screenplay By Mary Agnes Donoghue
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008U19P02
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,518 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When the irrepressible C.C. Bloom (Bette Midler) and the shy and proper Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hershey) first meet under the boardwalk at the beach, all the 11-year-olds have in common is the need for a best friend. Worlds apart in lifestyle and location, their friendship ebbs and flows through a lifetime of highs and lows, career changes, marriages, jealousy, and more. From the boardwalk in Atlantic City to the beach house on the Pacific, BEACHES will remind you of what being a true friend means.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful and touching November 24, 2001
By Grace
Format:VHS Tape
This may very well be the saddest movie I have ever seen in my life, but it is also one of the best. If you have not seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do. It tells the story of two young women who meet when they are 11 years old. At a glance, they seem like two completely different people, but in the end, it's their strong devotion to their friendship that make them so close. Bette Midler does an excellent job in her portrayal as CC Bloom, a feisty redhead who is determined to succeed in music and will do almost anything to do so. Hilary Whitney, played by the talented Barbara Hershey, is a quiet, reserved woman who often finds herself jealous of CC's rising success. CC and Hilary may be very different, but they grow even closer when Hilary gives birth to a child--a beautiful little girl named Victoria. When Hilary becomes diagnosed with a fatal disease, she is forced to search her soul and strengthen her relationships with CC and Victoria. Throughout the movie, CC and Hilary go through many difficult times, but in the end, their friendship prevails. I definitely recommend this movie to everyone, but don't expect to have dry eyes at the end! It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will touch every piece of your heart. It really does show that even though two friends may be very different from one another, and even though they may go through a lot of rough times, it is the strength of their friendship that will be the decisive element. Go see this movie--you won't be sorry!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie July 7, 2004
Bette Midler is wonderful in this movie. Barbara Hershey gives an outstanding performance. I love their friendship and how it goes through the different phases, and yet at the end they are there for one another, to support one another. This movie is definitely a tear-jerker, yet a classic.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic tale of friendship still a fantastic movie February 6, 2005
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BEACHES, based on the novel by Iris Rainer Dart, is a fantastic and emotion-driven drama/comedy. Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey turn in fabulous fully-realised performances as two best friends who share an amazing relationship.

On the beach in Atlantic City, 11-year-olds CC Bloom and Hillary Whitney strike up a friendship that will endure beyond all obstacles. Through letters spanning the years, the two women vent their frustrations, hopes and dreams.

Bette Midler is mesmerising as the brash CC Bloom (the 'Otto Titsling' number is alone worth the price of admission). Barbara Hershey wisely downplays the role of Hillary though she never is upstaged by Midler.

Supporting roles from John Heard, Spalding Gray and Lainie Kazan (as CC's mother Leona) are right on target. Mayim Bialik (TV's "Blossom") plays the younger CC.

This film could have easily fallen into soapy melodrama thanks to it's plot, but the direction of Garry Marshall saves it from becoming too maudlin.

Still one fantastic movie!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Bad DVD. August 25, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I would actually give this film 3 1/2 stars. Bette Middler is just incredible. Bette's timing is perfect. Watch Bette as someone is talking to her in a scene, her facial reactions alone are just hilarious. She is a comedic genius. There are few movies that actually make me LOL, Bette's performance makes me laugh everytime in this film. The child who played Bette was also wonderful...
Barbra Hershey pulls off the other half of the film OK, but it is Bette that makes this movie. Great soundtrack too! I always get teary eyed when Bette is singing "The Glory of Love" at the end of the movie, and waves up in the air to heaven at Hillary.
But why is this a barebones DVD release? This was a huge movie. there are no extras? WHY? Not even a trailer? The DVD gets only 1 star. The movie gets ***1/2. Boo to Touchstone for putting this classic film on such a cheap DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting and Emotional, But A Whole Lot of Fun! December 12, 2005
I loved Beaches so much! I watched the movie on the WE network, but it was still good enough for me to pick up the DVD. The movie remind me so much of friendship with my best friend, that I love so dearly. I don't know how I would go on if I lost my friend to a terminal illness, cause we're so much like sisters. The movie just so heartfelt and tender hopefully every friend of a friend will get this movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Will Always Be a Favorite February 4, 2005
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I can't recall when I first saw this movie. It was years ago, and I was living abroad at the time, but it has been a favorite ever since. There's something about the story that is very universal, that can appeal to everyone in any place at any time. Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey are two women who meet on the beach as little girls and stay friends throughout their lives despite everything that life throws at them. It's an incredible, powerful story. You owe it to yourself to see this movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, Beautiful Movie March 28, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
If you havent seen this movie, you are missing out. Beaches is perhaps the best movie I have ever seen in my entire life. It follows the friendship between two women, ever since they met on a beach when they were young girls, and into their womanhood. It focuses on the triumps and the challenges that people face in their friendships. The movie is touching, I dont want to give the plot away to those who havent seen it, but it is a very touching story about a friendship. This movie will make you laugh, cry and so much more. I reccomend this movie to everyone, it will make you realize how precious time is and why it is a gift, and the value of true friendship.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear Jerker
We've seen this so many times and will see it again and again. Love both actresses and even the tears....but especially the "Wind Beneath My WIngs."
Published 5 days ago by DEEBEE
5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic!!
One of my all time favorites. This DVD is a must have for everyone's collection. I totally recommend this classic!
Published 7 days ago by BILLY
5.0 out of 5 stars No problems with streaming at all.
Favorite movie of all time! It was seamless, no glitches or hiccups. It was well worth the small amount of money it cost, as I now own it forever.
Published 8 days ago by Laurel Ann Coltran
5.0 out of 5 stars I like Bette Midler
I can no more tell you why I like a movie than I can tell you why I like a piece of art. I just enjoyed watching it.
Published 14 days ago by Thomas E. Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Beaches
I liked this movie as its about how two young girls met, and continued to stay friends throughout their lives. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Natalie Labbe
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Great!
They just don't make good movies today like yesterday years. The warm and love one has for one another is wonderful in this movie even though they had their "ups and... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Sandra Losey
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic tearjerker
This movie is about true friendship and sacrifice. Bette Middler is awesome, the music is awesome and no matter how many times I watch it I go throough half a box of tissues. Read more
Published 17 days ago by christine mcdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love this movie with Bette Middler and Barbara Hershey....
True this is a sad movie as Better Middler (aka. C. C. Bloom) takes care of Barbara Hersheys Child when she dies
but the movie did provide Bette Middler A grammy for the song... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Drama
1988 saw the release of Beaches, which I was lucky enough to see in the theatre. Bette Midler stars as a girl who finds a true friend for life, in all it's ups and downs. Read more
Published 22 days ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Hadn't seen this movie in years, I really enjoyed watching it. Bette Midler is an amazing actress and final song is one of my favorites
Published 25 days ago by Karen
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