• Splash (1984)


Release Date: March 9th, 1984

DVD Release Date: March 16th, 1999

PG |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

A young boy saved from drowning by a beautiful mermaid, falls in love with her 20 years later when she returns to seek him out. Before he can choose between life on dry land or a deep sea paradise with his dream woman, the lovers are rudely interrupted by the intervention of a scheming scientist.

Cast: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Dody Goodman, Shecky Greene, Richard B. Shull, Bobby Di Cicco

Director: Ron Howard

Genres: Fantasy , Romantic comedy

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures

Distributors: Buena Vista Pictures

Keywords: Endearing, Brother, Rescue, Friend, Offbeat, Growing up, 1980s, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    Splash is funny and gentle and quite entertaining, and there isn't a cynical moment in it. And unlikely as this may sound, Splash suggests that we had better keep an eye on Ron Howard, director. He is something special, too. [12 Mar 1984, p.C6]

  • 38
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    There is a funny movie lurking at the edges of Splash, and sometimes it even sneaks on screen and makes us smile. It's too bad the relentlessly conventional minds that made this movie couldn't have made the leap from sitcom to comedy. show more

  • 80
    Duane ByrgeThe Hollywood Reporter

    Splash, the story of a lovelorn bachelor who falls in love with a mermaid, deserves high marks both for technical verisimilitude and artistic merit. show more

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Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)