Directed by: Richard Benjamin
Written by: Patty Dann (book), June Roberts (screenplay)
Other cast: Cher, Bob Hoskins, Michael Schoeffling, Christina Ricci
Release date: December 14, 1990
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Running time: 110min
An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds.
The film is based on the 1986 novel of the same title written by Patty Dann. It was shot in and around the town of Ipswich, Massachusetts and Pawtucket, Rhode Island. It was the first film role of Christina Ricci and Winona received a Golden Globe nomination and won a National Board of Review Award for her performance. However, she wasn’t the first choice to play Charlotte. The role was initially cast with Emily Lloyd. She had begun shooting the film when Cher supposedly made a complaint that she couldn’t play her daughter because she was too fair haired and Winona Ryder replaced her.
Theatrical Trailer & Clips
Noni about Cher
Noni about shooting Mermaids
Cher about shooting Mermaids
Noni about Charlotte
Noni about the final dance scene
Winona has attended the world premiere in Los Angeles on December 10, 1990. Also, she attended the Golden Globes ceremony, which she received a supporting actress nomination, in January 19, 1991.