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Beaches (1988)



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Based on a novel by Iris Rainer Dart, Beaches traces the 30-year oil-and-water friendship between free-spirited Bronx Jew CC Bloom (Bette Midler) and uptight San Francisco WASP Hillary Essex (Barbara Hershey). The two meet as children in Atlantic City (played by Mayim Bialik and Marcie Leeds) and are reunited in the 1960s, when CC is a struggling singer and Hillary is trying to break free from her staid upbringing by becoming an activist. The two ladies room together, then fall out when both are attracted to off-Broadway producer John Pierce (John Heard). CC wins John, but she quickly outgrows him as she matriculates into a bawdy performer. The recently patched-up friendship between CC and Hillary is torn asunder again when Hillary and her new husband express distaste for CC's performing style. Comes the 1970s, and CC and Hillary are reunited after shedding their respective spouses. Broke again, they once more become Manhattan roommates. Their bond strengthens, but there is tragedy in store for the duo.

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Bette Midler
as CC Bloom
Barbara Hershey
as Hillary Whitney Essex
John Heard
as John Pierce
Spalding Gray
as Doctor Richard Milstein
Lainie Kazan
as Leona Bloom
James Read
as Michael Essex
Grace Johnston
as Victoria Essex
Mayim Bialik
as Young CC
Marcie Leeds
as Young Hillary
Carol Williard
as Aunt Vesta
Allan Kent
as Mr. Melman
Phil Leeds
as Sammy Pinkers
Lynda Goodfriend
as Mrs. Myandowski
Frank Campanella
as Frank the Doorman
Diane Frazen
as Marjorie
Michael Elias
as Seedy Bar Patron
Tracy Reiner
as Dept. Store Clerk
Zachary Weintraub
as ACLU Worker
Nicky Blair
as Tavern on the Green Maitre d'
Lori Marshall
as Tavern on the Green Patron
Steven Majewicz
as Phillipe De Brassiere
Joe Grifasi
as Otto Titsling
Mona Lyden
as Actor 1
Eddie Mekka
as Actor 3
Judith Baldwin
as Screaming Woman
Jane Dulo
as Hillary's Neighbor
Lisa Savage
as Michael's Mistress
Steve Restivo
as Pink Palm Bartender
Kathi Marshall
as Delivery Room Nurse #1
Julie Paris
as Delivery Room Nurse #2
Mariann Aalda
as Ticket Seller
Bo Sabato
as Hollywood Bowl Stage Manager
Anne Betancourt
as Miss Valdez
Harvey Keenan
as Man in Bagels
Arnold McCuller
as Hollywood Bowl Backup Singer
Carla Earle
as Hollywood Bowl Backup Singer
Ken Gibbel
as Cowboy Actor
Lucinda Crosby
as TV Interviewer
Harvey Miller
as Movie Director
Barbara Marshall
as I.C.U. Nurse #2
Scott Marshall
as Car Rental Agent
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Critic Reviews for Beaches

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (10)

Barbara Hershey is wasted in a boring role.

March 22, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Anything for a laugh, anything for a tear, and nothing much authentic.

March 22, 2018

Beaches epitomises the sort of triple-strength, three-hankie work you can expect from American women with three names and gives the lie to those who thought they stopped making women's pic heartstring-tuggers.

March 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Beaches is bloodless, and Garry Marshall's direction, which might have given it style, is completely competent and entirely without personality.

March 22, 2018 | Full Review…

For all of its insistence on the open, even gushing, expression of feeling, Beaches finally seems a little bit sneaky.

March 22, 2018 | Rating: 2/4

The film's oily overdefinition of various class and cultural categories is strident enough to betray a condescending attitude toward the audience.

April 7, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Beaches


I found the friendship was really weird to be honest, more like a old married couple, that turned into whose cock is bigger slagging match. I did enjoy this movie, i loved the songs and i loved the cast. It was a funny sad drama of friendship that was really captivating. I'd say it is one to watch.

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Such awful, awful melodrama, but I love it! DID YOU EVER KNOW THAT YOU'RE MY HEEEEROOOO?

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Heartwarming story about friendship through illness. Great cast.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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