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"I'm in love with a mermaid!" read the opening line of Leonard Maltin's original review for Splash. And with the delightful Darryl Hannah in the lead, who could fault Maltin for his public declaration of ardor? The story begins in 1959, when a young boy is rescued from a watery grave by an adolescent mermaid. Twenty-five years later, the boy has grown up--and lo and behold, it's Tom Hanks. Meanwhile, the mermaid, likewise grown up, has surfaced in search of Hanks, her long-lost love. On dry land, the mermaid is able to walk about on legs; any contact with salt water, and she reverts to her half-fish form. Adopting the name of Madison from a New York street sign, the girl manages to win Hanks' heart. Alas, a secret government lab, populated by such smarmy types as Richard B. Shull and Eugene Levy, captures Madison for research purposes--and possible vivisection. Egged on by his brother John Candy, Hanks rescues his beloved, joining her in the ocean depths as a mer-man (mer-fellow? mer-guy?)

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Special Features cc "Making a Splash": Babaloo Mandel, Brain Grazer, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy, Lowell Ganz, Ron Howard, and Tom Hanks reminisce on making the film Commentary by director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer, and writers Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel (with introduction and closing by Ron Howard) Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah audition tapes with introductions by Ron Howard

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WD29122 Splash DVD (1985/Tom Hanks) $6.99