Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

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“Splash” is a charming romantic comedy fantasy film released by Touchstone Pictures in 1984, directed by Ron Howard. The film tells the story of a man who falls in love with a mysterious woman who happens to be a mermaid.

The movie begins with a young boy named Allen Bauer, played by Tom Hanks, who is saved from drowning by a mermaid named Madison, portrayed by Daryl Hannah. The encounter leaves a lasting impression on Allen, and years later, as an adult, he returns to the same beach where they first met. To his surprise, he finds Madison again, and they quickly form a connection.

However, Allen soon discovers Madison’s secret: she is indeed a mermaid. Despite this revelation, the two fall deeply in love. As their relationship deepens, Allen must grapple with the challenges of dating a mermaid, including the need to keep her true identity hidden from the world.

The film blends humor, romance, and fantasy elements, creating a heartwarming and magical experience for the audience. Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah have excellent on-screen chemistry, making their characters’ love story all the more captivating.

“Splash” explores themes of love, acceptance, and the courage to embrace the unknown. The film also delves into the complexities of relationships and the sacrifices people are willing to make for love.

Ron Howard’s direction brings a delightful and imaginative touch to the movie, blending the everyday world with a touch of fantasy. The supporting cast, including Eugene Levy as the quirky Dr. Walter Kornbluth and John Candy as Allen’s eccentric brother Freddie, adds comedic flair to the story.

With its endearing characters, enchanting love story, and a blend of comedy and fantasy, “Splash” became a commercial success and a beloved classic. It remains one of the most beloved romantic comedies of the 1980s and is cherished for its heartwarming tale of love transcending boundaries.

Fun Facts

  • “Splash” marked Tom Hanks’ first leading role in a feature film, and it helped establish him as a rising star in Hollywood.
  • The movie was produced by Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, and it was one of the first films released under the Touchstone banner, aimed at a more mature audience.
  • The iconic poster for “Splash” features Daryl Hannah as Madison in a mermaid form, covered with her long blonde hair, which became an instantly recognizable image.
  • The character of Madison was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.”
  • The underwater scenes in the film were shot in a massive water tank that was specially constructed for the production. It allowed the actors to perform their scenes underwater while being surrounded by professional divers and safety equipment.
  • John Candy, a frequent collaborator with director Ron Howard, portrayed Allen’s best friend, Freddie Bauer, providing comedic relief throughout the film.
  • “Splash” received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.
  • The success of “Splash” led to the creation of a spin-off TV series called “Splash, Too,” which aired in 1988 and continued the story of the film.

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  • Type of Movie: Live Action
  • Box Office: $69.8 million
  • Awards: Nominated Academy Award; Nominated Golden Globe
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  • Tom Hanks: Allen Bauer
  • David Kreps: Young Allen
  • Daryl Hannah: Madison
  • Shayla MacKarvich: Young Madison
  • John Candy: Freddie Bauer
  • Jason Late: Young Freddie
  • Eugene Levy: Dr. Walter Kornbluth
  • Jeff Doucette: Junior
  • David Knell: Claude
  • Royce D. Applegate: Buckwalter
  • Dody Goodman: Mrs. Stimler
  • Howard Morris: Dr. Zidell
  • Richard B. Shull: Dr. Ross
  • Shecky Greene: Mr. Buyrite
  • Bobby Di Cicco: Jerry
  • Patrick Cronin: Michaelson
  • Tony Longo: Augie
  • Nora Denney: Mrs. Stein
  • Joe Grifasi: Manny
  • Charles Macaulay: President
  • Lee Delano: Sergeant Leleandowski
  • Migdia Chinea Varela: Wanda
  • Eileen Saki: Dr. Fujimoto
  • Jodi Long: Reporter
  • Patrick O’Rorke: Boy on Pier
  • Bill Smitrovich: Ralph Bauer
  • Than Wyenn: Mr. Ambrose


  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Producer: Brian Grazer

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