Synopsis: Allen Bauer is rescued from drowning as a young boy off Cape Cod by a young mermaid. Years later, he returns to the same location, and once again manages to fall into the sea, and is rescued once more by the mermaid (Allen isn't sure what he has seen and what he has imagined). Using maps from a sunken ship, the mermaid decides to search for Allen in New York City, sprouting legs when her tail dries. On finding Allen, they fall in love, but she has a secret, which will no longer be a secret if she gets her legs wet.
Director(s): Ron Howard
Production: Touchstone Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

[ Seagulls Cry, Ocean Waves Crash ]

Uno, dos, one, two, tres, cuatro.

##[''Wooly Bully'']

#Hey, wooly bully #

# Watch it now, watch it #

#Here it comes

Here it comes #

# Watch it now

He gets you #

#Matty told Hatty #

#About a thing she saw #

#It had two big horns #

#And a woolyjaw #

# Wooly bully #

# Wooly bully

That's right #

# Wooly bully, wooly bully #

# Wooly bully #

#Hatty told Matty #

#Let's don't take no chance #

#Let's not be L seven #

# Come and learn to dance #

# Wooly bully #

# Wooly bully #

# Wooly bully, wooly bully

Wooly bully #

# Watch it now

Watch it, watch it #

#Hey #

#Hey, that's right #

#Right, right, right #

[ Ferry Whistle ]

#Hey, wooly bully #

# Watch it now #

#Here it comes

Here it comes #

[ Indistinct Chatter]

#Matty told Hatty #

#About a thing she saw...##

- Freddie!

- I dropped something.

Ralph, talk to him.

Listen to your father.

- From there we can see Cape Cod.

- We were just there!

We could have stayed and saved $ 1 2.00.

Allen, don't you want to see Cape Cod?

You know where we are

if you change your mind.

- Allen!

- [ Alarm Bell, Whistle ]

Oh, my God.!

[ Bell Ringing ]

Thanks a lot. Thanks.

You okay, Allen? Lend me a towel.

Why did you do that?

Come on, son.

[ Ferry Whistle ]

[ Woman Over P.A. System ]

Augie, pick up line four, please.

- Where are my cherries?

- Mr. McCulloch,

they came in, but there was a fog--

If I don't get my cherries in 5 minutes,

you don't get your money

and you starve and you die.


- Where are McCulloch's cherries?

- They're here,

but you gotta take a look.

Ah, Mr. McCulloch, be right back.

Where are my cherries?

Augie, did you grow these under your arms?

Jesus, snails with stems.

get them outta here!

- george, get them out of here.

- You got it.

Bauer. Thank you. Honey, what's up?

We get a lot of rain and cherries get slime.

-I can't hear ya.

-You agreed to take these off our hands.

- When the hell did I agree to that?

- Not you, your brother.

Ah, all right.

Victoria, I can't hear you.

What I'm doing is important too.

My brother bought your slimy cherries?

Yeah. We were playing poker.

He had two pair. I had a flush.

He had no cash, so we worked this out.

[ Tires Screech ]

dd [ Car Radio ]

Who put this goddamn fruit here?

I'm all right, if anyone's concerned.

good morning, Freddie.

Allen! Allen!

A simple ''yes'' or ''no.''

I made it. I'm in Penthouse magazine.

They printed my letter!

Listen, I'm very happy.

I'm in the Forum section.

The story's entitled, ''A Lesbian No More.''

They printed every word.

It's a beautiful story.

I want copies for everybody.

Augie, good to see you!

great game. We gotta do that more.

- Can we talk?

- great poker player.

- Cheats like a son of a b*tch!

- We have to talk.

- Missing petty cash?

It was the cleaning girl.

- I don't care.

You don't? I admit the whole thing.

I still don't care about it.

I love this guy! Do you hear me?

- gimme a kiss.

- Oh, Freddie.

Too big to kiss your older brother?

I love this guy's head.

Here's a buck. Wash my car.

Bauer! Where are my--

Your cherries, yes.

Believe me, you won't be

satisfed with what we have.

You're ruined! Everyone's gonna know

you left me dry.

You're fnished, a ghost.

- How'd you like bananas at cost?

- Deal!

Set up our friend with bananas at cost.

Allen, wait. I've got to get out early.

gee, right. Today's the big day.

Ushers have to be early too.

- I'll be there.

- Okay.

[ Woman On P.A.] Will someone

get thoseJonathans off the truck?

Any messages, Mrs. Stimler?


What are they?

Huh? Oh,

your father wants you to call him back.

Mrs. Stimler, our father

passed away fve years ago.

- Remember?

- Right.

Should I get him for you?

No, no. We'll-- I'll take care of it.

You just get back to work.

- What's with her?

- A little accident over the weekend.

got hit in the head by some lightning.

It's not funny, Freddie!

I'm sorry. That's not funny.

Besides, she can still do certain things.

Like jump-start a car?

[ Laughing ]

Jump-start a car.!

I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

-What the hell are you doing down here?

-Maybe I went...

- to the ''Club A'' last night.

-Something new for you.

Maybe I met Mr. Buyrite,

owner of Buyrite Markets.

Maybe we had a few drinks.

And maybe,just maybe...

we're his new produce suppliers.

I'm proud of you.

That's great.! Which store?

Not which store, the whole chain.

I hope you are joking with me.

Think big, be big.

He was a colonel. I made up a story...

about you being wounded in Nam

and he wants to do business.

He's coming this morning.

great, Freddie. It's only chaos down here.

- Augie brings me slimy cherries.

-So what?

-Jerry's getting married tomorrow.

- So what?

I was drinking with this bum all night.

- I'm busting my buns.

- East 77 th Street.

- Come on, you can handle this deal.

- Yeah, I'll handle it.

- Your desk looks like a pigsty.

- I have a system.

-[ Buzzer ]

- Phone for you.

Yes? All right. Thank you.

Hi, Victoria. I'm sorry.

I forgot to call you back.

What's the matter?

Your voice sounds funny.

What? Now?

You're moving out of the apartment now?

While we're talking?

Yeah, I know we were going to talk about it.

Victoria, this is a little impulsive.

If we were married you

wouldn't move out like this.

- She might. Sure.

- get off.

- Was that you?

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Lowell Ganz

Lowell Ganz is an American screenwriter, television writer, and television producer. He is the long-time writing partner of Babaloo Mandel. more…

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