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Splash (20th Anniversary Edition) (Bilingual)

Tom Hanks , Daryl Hannah , Ron Howard    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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Tom Hanks was a relatively unknown TV actor with a sitcom as his biggest credit when relatively unknown director Ron Howard (best known for his own sitcom acting) cast him in this surprise hit. It made stars of Hanks, Daryl Hannah, and John Candy and an A-list director out of Howard. Hannah is a mermaid who comes to Manhattan in search of Hanks, the guy she has twice saved from drowning. Hanks runs a business with his lovable blowhard brother (Candy), whose goal in life is to have a letter published in Penthouse. When this perfect woman shows up, Hanks can't believe his luck and plunges into a dizzyingly romantic relationship, unaware of her sea-water secret. But the mermaid needs to soak and unfurl her tail from time to time, which leads to complications, including her capture by the government for scientific study (what else?). Hanks is winningly charming and Hannah is a perfect match in this enjoyably high-spirited comedy, though the biggest laughs belong to Candy. --Marshall Fine

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Hanks/Hannah/Levy/Candy ~ Splash

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Usually when I hear "an 80's comedy" I really hear "a silly, gross, stupid comedy"...but not this time my friends, because "Splash" is one of the funniest films of the 1980s. You see, it really has it all: funny jokes, tender moments, romance, an intelligent script, and a very charismatic cast.
In "Splash" we can see a very young Tom Hanks (in his comedic period), a promising Darryl Hannah (she didn't quite reach stardom, but in this movie she is great), a hilarious John Candy (in one of his finest and funniest performances), and Eugene Levy, he plays a wacky and clueless scientist.
"Splash" is a movie that effectively combines comedy with romance and fantasy, perhaps the movie succeeded so well because the people involved in the film were youthful and energetic, and they put their hearts in the making of "Splash". This movie is highly recommendable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious romantic comedy June 24 2004
By Lealing
Format:VHS Tape
I just watched Splash over the weekend on video, for the umpteenth time and I have to say is one of my all time favourite comedies. It still has me laughing out loud and makes me want to weep over the romantic scenes.
A young Tom Hanks plays Allen Bauer, a fruit wholesaler who has just been dumped by his girlfriend. He goes off to Cape Cod one evening after getting drunk and is rescued by a naked beautiful girl (Daryl Hannah) when he falls into the sea. The naked beautiful girl later arrives in New York at the Statue of Liberty in search of Allen whom she also saved from drowning many years ago when they were children. Allen immediately falls for her and spends the happiest days of his life steaming up his appartment and seeing the sights of New York. The only problem is the naked beautiful girl (now named Madison) is in fact a mermaid but Allen doesn't know this.
She has six whole days to stay with Allen and then she must return to the sea. Allen thinks that Madison is an illegal immigrant and offers to marry her so that she can stay with him. She refuses at first and then accepts his offer but before she can tell him her big secret she is exposed to the whole world by a scientist (Eugene Levy) that she is a mermaid. Allen is shocked and backs away from Madison but later realises his mistake and with his brother (John Candy) and the help of Eugene Levy they save her from imprisonment by the scientists.
John Candy who plays Allen's playboy brother is absolutely hilarious. His character is literally larger than life. The comic timing between Tom Hanks and John Candy is spot on. Daryl Hannah is also great as the mermaid who learns to be human in literally a few days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Slash" of a Romantic Comedy! April 15 2004
Here's a true piece of Hollywood Candy, a sweet as they come! An 8-year old boy falls off of a tour boat at Cape Cod and is saved from drowning by what appears to be a little girl mermaid. The boy never forgets about what happened that day, although everyone insists he was hallucinating.
Years later, now a man (and played by Tom Hanks), another trip to Cape Cod brings a dejavu: Hanks falls off of a tour boat and is rescued by an all grown mermaid (played by Daryl Hannah). Could it be the same mermaid that saved him when he was a boy? -- The mermaid has normal legs when kept dry, but once douced with water, the legs turn into fish finns. Hannah is able to conseal her true identity, until a "bad guy" exposes her. There are complications, but eventually everything comes up roses.
One great scene is where the grown up mermaid spends 6 hours in the electronics department of a store, and learns the English language fluently by watching tv non-stop. Cute! -- This film is very entertaining and helps us feel compassion for anyone who is somehow different from what society considers the norm. The somewhat predictable ending is beautiful! Highly recommended, especially to the hopelessly romantic cinema enthusiasts out there!*****
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By Nix Pix
"Splash" is one of those totally ridiculous, feel good, charmers from the mid-eighties that asks nothing more from its audience than to maintain its suspended belief in the romance between Joe Everybody (Tom Hanks) and an underwater fantasy creature (Darryl Hannah). John Candy costars as Tom's blithering idiot brother, whose one desire is to see his name published in Penthouse magazine. Ah, ambition! How does it all end? With anyone other than director, Ron Howard, it might have been superficial tripe. But with Howard, Hanks et al, we get a modern day fairy-tale of love on the high seas - unlikely, implausible and thoroughly engaging.
TRANSFER: This DVD is only marginally better than Buena Vista's other release "Ranson". Though color balancing is generally more solid, colors are still weak and sometimes muddy. Film grain is excessive in several scenes. Black levels are weak. Fine details are lost during darker scenes. Edge enhancement and pixelization crop up now and then but do not terribly distract. Age related nicks, chips and scratches are everywhere.
The audio is Stereo Surround.
EXTRAS: Include a making of featurette, audio commentary and theatrical trailers. Big deal!
BOTTOM LINE: If you're a fan of the movie you'll want to add this to your collection. But for anyone else my advice is to swim for shore!
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5.0 out of 5 stars greath
nothinf to said, except that is a greath movie. John Candy is a very funny man. I regrets this grath actor that he quit
Published 11 months ago by Simon Lacroix
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for my daughter
She loves mermaids and this was one of my favourite as a kid. My daughter just loves it. Worth waiting for the shipping if you did not see this in the early 80s when it came out.
Published 13 months ago by Kristina Whelan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD extras
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... Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by Michael Booker
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Entertaining
This movie was truly entertaining. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I laughed throughout and couldn't be more pleased with the preformances given by Tom Hanks and Darryl... Read more
Published on March 22 2004 by S. K. Leggate
4.0 out of 5 stars It made a star of Tom Hanks and an icon of Ron Howard
This is an oooold movie, as you'll realize when you see how very very young Tom Hanks is in it. He was an unknown with not much more than a TV sitcom to his credit when also... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by Peggy Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST MERMAID MOVIE EVER!
One of the first mermaid movies I ever saw was Splash, no other movie compairs to it. If you like mermaids than this is a must!
Published on Oct. 11 2003 by Jason Hargett
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Tom Hanks Movie!
Splash is a funny movie that is really cute and charming and it is Rated PG, not Rated R as another reviewer stated! Read more
Published on April 30 2003 by Thebookwoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Splashtacular!
Lots of mermaid fun! In this movie, you have a chance to see a young Tom Hanks in one of his earliest major roles. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2003 by T. Hooper
3.0 out of 5 stars Mermaid mesmerizes young man...
Allen Bauer (Tom Hanks) is a fairly successful produce merchant who loses his girlfriend prior his friends wedding and in grief he withdraws to Cape Cod. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2002 by Kim Anehall
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