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A man is reunited with a mermaid who saves him from drowning as a boy and falls in love not knowing who/what she is.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 6.2/10 (27,917 voted)

Ron Howard

Stars: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy

Allen Bauer is rescued from drowning as a young boy off Cape Cod by a young mermaid. Years later he returns to the same location, and once again manages to fall into the sea, and is rescued once more by the mermaid (Allen isn't sure what he's seen and what he's imagined). The mermaid decides to search for Allen in New York, sprouting legs when her tail dries. On finding Allen, they fall in love, but she has a secret, which will no longer be a secret if she gets her legs wet..

Writers: Brian Grazer, Bruce Jay Friedman


Tom Hanks

Allen Bauer

Daryl Hannah


Eugene Levy

Walter Kornbluth

John Candy

Freddie Bauer

Dody Goodman

Mrs. Stimler

Shecky Greene

Mr. Buyrite

Richard B. Shull

Dr. Ross

Bobby Di Cicco


Howard Morris

Dr. Zidell

Tony DiBenedetto

Tim, The Doorman

(as Tony Di Benedetto)

Patrick Cronin


Charles Walker

Michaelson's Partner

David Knell


Jeff Doucette


Royce D. Applegate


Two days ago, this girl showed up naked at the Statue of Liberty. For Alan Bauer, it was love at first sight. Now, everyone is chasing her… trying to prove she's a mermaid. From the first laugh you'll be hooked.

Release Date: 9 March 1984

Filming Locations: Biltmore Hotel – 506 S. Grand Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000


Opening Weekend: $6,174,059
(11 March 1984)
(829 Screens)

Gross: $62,100,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Rosanna Arquette auditioned for the role of Madison, but had to back out.


Incorrectly regarded as goofs:
Allen hails a cab without his tuxedo jacket on, or in his hands, yet he has it by the time he arrives at Cape Cod. If you look closely, you can see the jacket tied around his waist; a buttonhole rests against his hip.


[first lines]

Mary Bauer:

Young Freddie:
I dropped something.

Mary Bauer:
Ralph, talk to him. Listen to your father. Come on, from over there we can see Cape Cod.

Ralph Bauer:
We were just on Cape Cod. We could have stayed there, I would have saved twelve dollars.

Mary Bauer:
Allen, sweetheart, don't you want to see Cape Cod? All right, darling, you know where we are if you change your mind.

User Review

A man and his mermaid.

Rating: 10/10

I happen to enjoy romantic comedies and through the years have seen
some great ones(Dirty Dancing, Toosie, Pretty Woman to name a few.) But
Splash is probably my all time favorite. I saw it in the there shortly
after it came out, fell in love with it and through the years have
watched it more times then I can remember.

First off, the plot itself is delightful-man falls in love with a
mermaid. Then there's the combination of Hanks and Hanna on screen.
They happen to be utterly and completely adorable on screen and one of
my all time favorite pairings.

The movie itself is an enthralling fairytale. Daryl shines as the
ethereal Madison and her scenes with Hanks are as sweet as cotton
candy. The characters are all unforgettable and the underwater scenes
will put you into a trance, their gloriously stunning. The movie
combines romance, wit and charm with an enchanting story and
captivating visuals and characters. It's the kind of movie that one
knows as their watching it, will someday be a classic.

Splash never gets tiresome no matter how much you see it. The movie is
a classic and, though, some people maybe skeptical of a 10 of 10 rating
I think it deserves nothing less. If anyone reading this has NOT seen
it-your missing one of the best and sweetest romantic comedies ever