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Actors: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, Spalding Gray, Lainie Kazan
Director: Garry Marshall
Genres: Drama, Animation
PG-13     2002     2hr 3min

Garry Marshall's 1988 drama about a 30-year friendship between two women, one wealthy (Barbara Hershey) and the other (Bette Midler) seeking her fortune in show business, is well written (based on the novel by Iris Rainer ...  more »


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Actors: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, Spalding Gray, Lainie Kazan
Director: Garry Marshall
Creators: Iris Rainer, Mary Agnes Donoghue
Genres: Drama, Animation
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Animation
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/13/2002
Original Release Date: 12/21/1988
Theatrical Release Date: 12/21/1988
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 2hr 3min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Reviewed on 1/3/2015...
I had a private viewing at the theatre of this movie and I cryed from the start to the finish. It was good and it was funny and it was sad. I could see it happening all the time in lots of lives.
Reviewed on 5/14/2013...
My favorite movie along with Dirty Dancing. Very sad but the GREATEST!! Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey....YAY
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Christi S. (Kris) from FREMONT, CA
Reviewed on 8/19/2009...
Truely a heartfelt view into a lifelong friendship! Two very different children meet under the boardwalk and though they do not see each other, they write one another all growing up. After some time as adults they reconnect. Through many hardships they face together and apart, they somehow manage to keep their friendship. This is a story about life lessons, envy, inner strength, and figuring out what really matters. The ending of this movie is one that most anyone can relate to.

Movie Reviews

Classic tale of friendship still a fantastic movie
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 02/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"BEACHES, based on the novel by Iris Rainer Dart, is a fantastic and emotion-driven drama/comedy. Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey turn in fabulous fully-realised performances as two best friends who share an amazing relationship.

On the beach in Atlantic City, 11-year-olds CC Bloom and Hillary Whitney strike up a friendship that will endure beyond all obstacles. Through letters spanning the years, the two women vent their frustrations, hopes and dreams.

Bette Midler is mesmerising as the brash CC Bloom (the 'Otto Titsling' number is alone worth the price of admission). Barbara Hershey wisely downplays the role of Hillary though she never is upstaged by Midler.

Supporting roles from John Heard, Spalding Gray and Lainie Kazan (as CC's mother Leona) are right on target. Mayim Bialik (TV's "Blossom") plays the younger CC.

This film could have easily fallen into soapy melodrama thanks to it's plot, but the direction of Garry Marshall saves it from becoming too maudlin.

Still one fantastic movie!

Absolutely beautiful and touching
Grace | Illinois | 11/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This may very well be the saddest movie I have ever seen in my life, but it is also one of the best. If you have not seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do. It tells the story of two young women who meet when they are 11 years old. At a glance, they seem like two completely different people, but in the end, it's their strong devotion to their friendship that make them so close. Bette Midler does an excellent job in her portrayal as CC Bloom, a feisty redhead who is determined to succeed in music and will do almost anything to do so. Hilary Whitney, played by the talented Barbara Hershey, is a quiet, reserved woman who often finds herself jealous of CC's rising success. CC and Hilary may be very different, but they grow even closer when Hilary gives birth to a child--a beautiful little girl named Victoria. When Hilary becomes diagnosed with a fatal disease, she is forced to search her soul and strengthen her relationships with CC and Victoria. Throughout the movie, CC and Hilary go through many difficult times, but in the end, their friendship prevails. I definitely recommend this movie to everyone, but don't expect to have dry eyes at the end! It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will touch every piece of your heart. It really does show that even though two friends may be very different from one another, and even though they may go through a lot of rough times, it is the strength of their friendship that will be the decisive element. Go see this movie--you won't be sorry!"
Best Friends Forever
Diaspora Chic | Silver Spring, MD | 12/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Good friends are hard to find. Some people go through life finding real friends. There will be friends but there is only one true friend who'll stand by you through thick and thin. Beaches is an example of friendship that started from childhood until the death of one friend.
Hilary and Claire met in Atlantic City when they were children and kept in contact with each other through letters until they were grown. Hilary shows up in New York and stays with Claire. Their relationship is tested when a man enters their lives. He helps Claire with her career but their marriage doesn't last. Claire is too wrapped up in her career to be focused on a real relationship. But Claire doesn't go astray from her dreams unlike Hilary.
Hilary wanted to break from her elite roots but she found herself returning when her father died and she married a lawyer who cheated her out of a marriage with another woman. She was forced to return to law when she got pregnant with her daughter and no husband to support her. Then tragedy strikes.
Bette Midler is a multitalented woman who can display her acting and singing abilities. She evolves into her character who is pretty much a diva. Barbara Hershey is innocent yet strong as her character who displays manners of old wealth.
This is a movie that will make the viewer value the meaning of friendship and why it is important to havae people in their life."