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Beaches (Special Edition) (1988)

Bette Midler , Barbara Hershey , Garry Marshall  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 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: Subtitled, Color, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000765IJK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,910 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beaches (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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As special as the everlasting friendship it celebrates, this Special Edition DVD lets you relive BEACHES and all its touching and funny moments, and includes outstanding never-before-seen bonus materials. 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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32 of 32 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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12 of 12 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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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic tale of friendship still a fantastic movie February 6, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
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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6 of 6 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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5 of 5 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Nix Pix
"Beaches" is the story of two little girls, Hilary Whitney (Barbara Hershey)and C.C. Bloom (Bette Midler)who develop a life long friendship under the boardwalk in Atlantic city that sees them through their respective good times and rough spots. Yes, it's over acted and full of schmaltz. Yes, it's terribly contrived and not very realistic. But word to the wise: bring Kleenex in advance. You'll wind up crying by the end. This is one of those slick packaged and even more slick marketed Touchstone films from the mid-eighties that proved irresistable to the general public. Midler gets a chance to sing some truly awful tunes and one real show stopper - "Wind Beneath My Wings". If you haven't heard it I've one question for you - "What planet have you been living on?" Yes, the film is maudelin in its premise and execution but the syrup works and has proven to be a highly durable in the intervening decades.
Disney Inc. gives us the movie in anamorphic widescreen and that's pretty much it. While the colors have dated and slightly faded, the transfer is generally smooth throughout, with minimal edge enhancement. There is no aliasing or fine detail shimmer. The soundtrack is typical 80's 2.0 surround. There's some nice spread during the musical sequences but overall this is a very dated sounding soundtrack. No extras. Perhaps we'll see this as a Vista Series double disc one of these days. Bottom line: Good movie, mediocre transfer - still worth the price and your time.
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