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Splash (20th Anniversary Edition) (1984)

Tom Hanks , Daryl Hannah , Ron Howard  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Dody Goodman
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Writers: Bruce Jay Friedman, Lowell Ganz, Brian Grazer, Babaloo Mandel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00015YVD6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,166 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Splash (20th Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

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Dive Into All-New Bonus Features With The Original Tom Hanks And Daryl Hannah Auditions Taped With Director Ron Howard!

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Don't let this spectacular 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition be the one that got away! Academy Award(R) winner Tom Hanks (1994 Best Actor, FORREST GUMP) stars as Allen Bauer, a workaholic who's convinced he can't fall in love. That is, until he's mysteriously rescued at sea by the mermaid of his dreams! Soon Allen and Madison (Daryl Hannah, KILL BILL) are swept away by hilarious and heartwarming romance. Academy Award(R) winner Ron Howard (2001 Best Director, A BEAUTIFUL MIND) directs a star-studded cast, including Eugene Levy (BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, AMERICAN PIE), and hilarious John Candy (HOME ALONE) in a magical tale that now includes all-new bonus features.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD extras April 5, 2004
The DVD extras really make this 20th anniversary re-release worth owning. This movie has been run repeatedly (in edited form) on television, so there probably aren't that many people who haven't had a chance to see this delightful fantasy. The "making-of" video and the commentary track give a fascinating glimpse into the way that Hollywood works. Why did Disney wind up making this film? How did Tom Hanks get the lead? How did they choose Darryl Hannah? Who was the film's "real" star? How did they pull off the underwater shots? What was the lobster that Madison ate in the restaurant? If you have a soft spot for this film, it's a joy to watch and a real treat to get to know better.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splash is a beautiful, romantic comedy. April 26, 1999
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Splash is a wonderful, romantic comedy about a man and a mermaid who fall in love for each other. This is one of Tom Hanks' earliest hits that made him a star. His co-star, Darryl Hannah, who plays Madison the mermaid, has never really had a hot film career away from this movie, sadly enough. The late John Candy and Eugene Levy provide some of the film's hilarious comedy as well. This film was directed by Ron Howard. A movie about a mermaid has to be good, and Splash does this so well. Tips off to the crew of this movie who made it so real. The underwater sequences are well done as well as Daryl Hannah herself as the mermaid. She is utterly believable as a mermaid! She is just so sexy in the rubber mermaid tail suit. She swims in it so well. This movie really brought a fairy tale type story to life. A must see for everyone. This film was followed by "Splash, Too", a Disney TV movie sequel in 1988 starring Todd Waring and Amy Yasbeck in the Hanks/Hannah roles. Unfortunately, this sequel is not on home video.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Hanks' Feature Film Debut June 7, 2005
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Tom Hanks had done a couple of TV shows and the producers of "Splash" really wanted a bigger name actor in their movie. Daryl Hannah had made a favorable impression in a bit part in "Blade Runner" but the big "name" in the announced cast of Splash was John Candy, who was probably paid as much as the rest of the cast combined in the role of brother Freddy.

It would have been very easy for the movie to become a broad farce with Candy and Eugene Levy in the love story of the man and the mermaid, but writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel found the right note between love story and comedy, and the cast pulls off both. The comedy varies between clever and slapstick, and seeing the film again 20 years later still made me laugh at parts. As expected, Candy and Levy do the heavy lifting in the comedy department, and they are both hilarious in their respective scenes. The whole movie wouldn't work at all, though, if we didn't believe in the central love story - and Hanks and Hannah make it work.

Hannah is a mermaid apparently not unlike Disney's Ariel. She has a tail when wet, and legs when dry. Hanks is Allen Bauer, who has inherited his father's wholesale produce business along with brother Freddy. As a child Allen suddenly jumped into the water off Cape Cod, where the child mermaid rescues him until the adults can fetch him from the water.

As an adult Allen has commitment issues and admits he doesn't love his girlfriend. After a friend's wedding he returns to Cape Cod for a little nostalgia. Another boating accident results in another mermaid rescue, but the "girl" runs away as Allen regains consciousness on shore.

The mermaid fetches Allen's wallet from the ocean floor and follows a map to track Allen down in New York City.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
20th Anniversary Edition!.......Well it's got a good transfer and a few interesting extras, but what it is missing is the actual movie! The DVD has a altered version that removed the fact that Madison only changes back to a mermaid if she comes in contact with 'SALT' water! It doesn't destroy the film, but it does leave a sour taste in the mouth's of the people who saw the original theatrical version. The film is a very good romantic comedy/fantasy film, I would have given it a better rating if the DVD would have given both version of the film! BOOOOOOOOOOO :-(
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How's this for romance? August 4, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is the very first movie my wife and I saw together. We were dating in college and this was the perfect "date" movie. We loved it and eventually got married (all because of this movie?!). To add to it... our daughter, now 2-1/2, is named Madison after Daryl Hannah's character. We're not big movie fans, but this one has a special place in our hearts.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The script was rewritten several times, but in the version used for the screen tests (which are included on the DVD) we can tell that fresh water will change Madison back to her mermaid form since she is afraid of rain. In the version I saw when it was first released in theaters, fresh water did not change her. The marine biologist twice splashed water on her to no effect. He later realized he needed to use salt water, which explains why he had to carry a tank of water under his jacket at the presidential dinner, and why Madison added table salt to her bath. Having been splashed twice before by someone who knew she was a mermaid also explains why Madison wants to leave the dinner when she recognizes him. That it had to be salt water is mentioned in some of the original reviews. In the DVD version, it was changed back to fresh water. The woman the biologist splashes water on is someone else he mistakes for Madison, and her escort fractures his arm. I don't remember how the fractured arm is explained in the theatrical version. It would seem out of character for Alan to do it, but if he did, it would explain why the biologist was so afraid of him in the dentist's office.
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splash 2
It's called "Splash Too",a low budget Disney TV movie from '88.Released only on VHS region 2.All different stars.
Sep 5, 2007 by Mr. W. D. Ipock |  See all 2 posts
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