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Splash Twenty years ago, Ron Howard had hair, Tom Hanks was best known for dressing in drag as a Bosom Buddy, and a movie about a mermaid was too risque for...Splash Twenty years ago, Ron Howard had hair, Tom Hanks was best known for dressing in drag as a Bosom Buddy, and a movie about a mermaid was too risque for...2004-03-26John CandyEugene Levy
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Splash

Starring: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah; Starring: John Candy, Eugene Levy; Director: Ron Howard; Producer (person): Brian Grazer

Twenty years ago, Ron Howard had hair, Tom Hanks was best known for dressing in drag as a Bosom Buddy, and a movie about a mermaid was too risque for the Disney label. Splash jump-started several Hollywood careers, and the fish-out-of-water love story still floats today. John Candy and Eugene Levy get some laughs, and Hanks gets the girl – er, fish. But it’s the writers – Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, and Bruce Jay Friedman – who are responsible for the classic scenes (lobster, anyone?) and lines (”She’s really hungry”) that make this movie worth revisiting. EXTRAS The features are few – a making-of doc; some grainy audition tapes; a commentary with Howard, the writers, and producer Brian Grazer – but full of tidbits: Even though Splash was a product of Disney’s hip new division Touchstone, Howard still worried that execs would cut his film to qualify for a G rating. Then there was the studio’s concern that, as Howard says, ”nobody’s going to go to a Tom Hanks movie.”

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