Movie Monday: Splash 1984

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“She was the woman of his dreams… she had large dark eyes, a beautiful smile and a great pair of fins.”

Thirty-five years ago, today, the #1 film at the box office was Splash, starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy, Dody Goodman, Shecky Greene, Rance Howard, Cheryl Howard, Clint Howard and Bill Smitrovich. A Rom-Com fantasy, it was directed by Ron Howard, produced by Brian Grazer and, the story was developed by Grazer and Bruce Jay Friedman. The screenplay was written by Lowell Ganz and Marc ‘Babaloo’ Mandel with music by Lee Holdridge.

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An IMDB Summary:

Alan [sic] Bauer nearly drowned as a child but, has memories of being saved by a young mermaid. He manages his family’s wholesale fruit and vegetable business and, continues his search to find true love. Along with his feelings, Allen must also contend with his womanizing older brother Freddie, who takes love less seriously than his brother. When he is jilted as an adult and loses his wallet in the surf, the young mermaid tries to return it. They are soul mates who have been meant for each other but, Madison fears how he will react when he finds out she is not human.

From Brian Grazer:

“Tom came in wearing these 501 Levi’s and construction boots and a T-shirt. He wasn’t nervous at all – and here’s a guy who had never had a major movie. I thought, why is this guy so calm? But we read him and we liked him and we hired him right away.”

On Hannah’s abilities, Grazer states “[…] while we were testing Daryl [Hannah] in her tail underwater, we noticed how well she swam. Then we realized that she was as good, if not better, than her stunt doubles. Her endurance was actually better than theirs. We began wondering if Daryl couldn’t do all the scenes herself and she happily agreed, which certainly helped the movie’s credibility.

From Tom Hanks:

“They’re very, very funny guys (Candy & Levy). But my job in Splash was not to be particularly funny. That’s what Ron [Howard] kept drilling into me.”

Learning a valuable lesson from Howard, he recalls being unprepared…”It took longer to shoot than it should have, and when we were done with the scene, Ron said, “You know, you should have been a little more prepared.” He didn’t yell at me. He probably knew that if he had yelled, I’d be paste for the rest of the day. He just let me know in no uncertain terms that I was starring in this movie and with that comes huge responsibilities, and one of them is to be ready to go. I’ve never forgotten that.”

From Daryl Hannah:

[…] having to lie still for three hours every day for technicians to put her into the 35 lbs. rubber fin, she states “At lunch they’d yank me out on a crane and plop me on the deck. I couldn’t eat because I couldn’t go to the bathroom. I just lay there shivering with barnacles in my hair, soaking wet. And underwater it was difficult because I was not able to see since I couldn’t wear a mask. I had to trust the guys to get air to me. It was difficult and we worked long hours but, it seemed more like playing than work. It was real magical down there.”

Trivia Bits:
♦ This film was the first to be released by the new Touchstone Films.
According to the Biography Channel, Bill Murray and P.J. Soles (Stripes) were considered for the roles of Allen and Madison, but Murray turned it down.
♦ Daryl Hannah swam with the mermaid tail so fast that her safety team could not keep pace with her.
♦ A vegetarian, Hannah refused to eat real lobster for the restaurant scene. The crew scooped out the insides of real, cooked lobsters and filled them with a thick, tofu-like paste. Ron Howard said [she] cried after each take over the deaths of the lobsters for their shells.
♦ Tom Hanks had trouble with the water scenes, partly because he was a smoker.

The movie received twelve nominations including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. It won a National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) award for Best Screenplay and Daryl Hannah won the Saturn Award for Best Actress.


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10 thoughts on “Movie Monday: Splash 1984

    badfinger20 said:
    March 19, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Love this movie… John Candy was great as usual…I think this is the movie Hanks made a comment that Candy’s character taking a date to his own wedding… Loved that line.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      March 19, 2019 at 4:02 PM

      I never could warm up to Candy. He was good as a supporting character but, I never liked his lead-character movies. Hanks, on the other hand…he is a Hellyweird loon bug & a possible pedophile but…he can act & he is funny.

        badfinger20 said:
        March 19, 2019 at 4:11 PM

        Well he was given crap movies for the most part. Only Uncle Buck was really right for him in a lead. Now Planes, Trains, and Automobiles he was great but of course so was Steve Martin.

        Really? I never knew that about him.

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          March 19, 2019 at 6:28 PM

          Yeah. I’ve stumbled across many things about him ever since the #metoo movement exploded. In Weinstein’s case, he was blatant. Hanks is more low key but, it has been showing up. One thing that popped up was an association with NXIVM.

          They’re ALL corrupt there, to one degree or another. Collective madness. Collective arrogance. Pedophile Central. That and our State Department…

            badfinger20 said:
            March 19, 2019 at 8:53 PM

            Sorry… I must have been leaving work when you commented.
            I had never heard anything about Candy or Hanks…but you just dont know people.

              The Hinoeuma responded:
              March 19, 2019 at 9:28 PM

              Why sorry? You work. You’re busy.

              I’ve never heard anything about Candy. He’s been dead 25 years.

                badfinger20 said:
                March 19, 2019 at 10:17 PM

                I remember I saw it…was about to fire a reply and then someone tracked me down and I left…
                Yea it’s hard to believe… at first that is who I thought you were talking about until you mentioned Hanks.

    JT Twissel said:
    March 19, 2019 at 8:47 PM

    One of my favorites – I especially like John Candy’s line “So your girlfriend’s a fish.”

    bereavedandbeingasingleparent said:
    March 20, 2019 at 9:42 PM

    It was an odd movie. I enjoyed it but never admitted it to my friends.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      March 21, 2019 at 12:24 AM

      When it came out, I went to see it. I wasn’t fond of it at 17. Now that I am older, it’s funny and sweet.

      I’m finding, sometimes, that, movies I liked when I was a teen, I’m scratching my head over as an adult. The ones I disliked or never saw as a teen, I like as an adult. Is that maturity? Broadening of the mind? Who knows…

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