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       Remember Me was a working title for the film, according to various contemporary sources including the 13 Jan 1988 HR.
       As stated in a 16 Dec 1988 NYT article, Beaches marked the first produced project for actress-producer Bette Midler’s company, All Girl Productions. According to a 19 May 1985 LAT news brief, novelist Iris Rainer Dart was a friend of Bette Midler and based the character of “CC Bloom” on Midler, Cher, and herself. After originally writing Beaches as a screenplay, Dart turned the story into a novel when the script failed to sell. Paramount Pictures initially optioned rights to the novel, as stated in a 27 Mar 1985 HR brief, but Touchstone Pictures acquired the rights when Paramount’s option lapsed.
       A 3 Feb 1988 HR news item reported that Sissy Spacek was offered the role of “Hillary Whitney Essex” before Barbara Hershey was cast. Other actresses considered for the role included Anne Archer and Jamie Lee Curtis, as reported in a 20 Mar 1988 LAT brief.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, Midler helped music supervisor Marc Shaiman select songs for the film, and her recording label, Atlantic Records, encouraged her to record the soundtrack as an album. In a contrasting report, the 31 May 1989 LAT credited Midler’s hairdresser, Barbara Lorenz, with the idea for the album, stating that Lorenz suggested it after the actress filmed her “Under the Boardwalk” number at the Hollywood Bowl.
       Three weeks of rehearsals preceded principal photography. Although production notes state that filming began 1 Apr ... More Less

       Remember Me was a working title for the film, according to various contemporary sources including the 13 Jan 1988 HR.
       As stated in a 16 Dec 1988 NYT article, Beaches marked the first produced project for actress-producer Bette Midler’s company, All Girl Productions. According to a 19 May 1985 LAT news brief, novelist Iris Rainer Dart was a friend of Bette Midler and based the character of “CC Bloom” on Midler, Cher, and herself. After originally writing Beaches as a screenplay, Dart turned the story into a novel when the script failed to sell. Paramount Pictures initially optioned rights to the novel, as stated in a 27 Mar 1985 HR brief, but Touchstone Pictures acquired the rights when Paramount’s option lapsed.
       A 3 Feb 1988 HR news item reported that Sissy Spacek was offered the role of “Hillary Whitney Essex” before Barbara Hershey was cast. Other actresses considered for the role included Anne Archer and Jamie Lee Curtis, as reported in a 20 Mar 1988 LAT brief.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, Midler helped music supervisor Marc Shaiman select songs for the film, and her recording label, Atlantic Records, encouraged her to record the soundtrack as an album. In a contrasting report, the 31 May 1989 LAT credited Midler’s hairdresser, Barbara Lorenz, with the idea for the album, stating that Lorenz suggested it after the actress filmed her “Under the Boardwalk” number at the Hollywood Bowl.
       Three weeks of rehearsals preceded principal photography. Although production notes state that filming began 1 Apr 1988 in Los Angeles, CA, 25 Apr 1988 and 26 Apr 1988 start dates were listed by an 11 May 1988 Var item and the 3 May 1988 HR production charts, respectively. Los Angeles locations included: The Hollywood Bowl; Bridges Auditorium at Pomona College, which stood in for Carnegie Hall; the Ambassador Hotel; Wilshire Ebell Theatre; and Newport Beach. Filming also took place on soundstages at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA. After sixty-one days, production moved to New York City. There, Coney Island doubled as Atlantic City, NJ, while Manhattan locations included the St. James Theatre and Central Park’s Tavern on the Green restaurant. According to a 30 Dec 1988 HR brief, the entire shoot lasted sixty-five days.
       Beaches opened to mixed reviews but achieved box-office success, taking in over $53 million in box-office receipts in its first 160 days of release, as noted in a 10 Jun 1989 LAT brief. Production designer Albert Brenner and set decorator Garrett Lewis received an Academy Award nomination for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration.
       The 31 May 1989 LAT noted that the soundtrack album had reached number three on Billboard’s best-selling albums in the U.S. list, and a 26 Jun 1989 People news item announced that Midler’s recording of “Wind Beneath My Wings” had reached number one.

      End credits include the following statement: “The producers wish to thank: California Film Commission; New York State Governors Office for Motion Picture and Television Development; Florida Motion Picture and TV Bureau; and Barbara Sue Wells.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
27 Mar 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
13 Jan 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Feb 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 May 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Dec 1988
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Dec 1988.
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Los Angeles Times
19 May 1985.
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Los Angeles Times
20 Mar 1988.
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Los Angeles Times
23 Dec 1988
Calendar, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
31 May 1989
p. 1, 7.
Los Angeles Times
10 Jun 1989.
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New York Times
16 Dec 1988
Section C, p. 12.
New York Times
21 Dec 1988
Section C, p. 28.
People
26 Jun 1989.
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Variety
11 May 1988.
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Variety
21 Dec 1988
pp. 13-14.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Atlantic City:
New York:
Divas, Otto Titsling:
Peasants, Otto Titsling:
Ken Miller
[and]
Falcon Theatre:
Los Angeles/Miami:
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Touchstone Pictures presents
in association with Silver Screen Partners IV
a Bruckheimer/South production
a Garry Marshall film
An All Girl Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
2d 2d asst dir
DGA trainee
Prod mgr, The New York crew
2d unit 1st asst dir, The New York crew
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Rigging gaffer
Key grip
2d company grip
Rigging grip
Theatrical lighting des
Still photog
Gaffer, The New York crew
Key grip, The New York crew
2d unit dir of photog, The New York crew
2d unit asst cam, The New York crew
Still photog, The New York crew
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dir, The New York crew
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Addl film ed
Supv asst film ed
Asst film ed
Apprentice film ed
Apprentice film ed
Post prod coord
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Standby painter
Leadman
Set dec, The New York crew
Prop master, The New York crew
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Costumer
Costumer
Ward, The New York crew
Ward, The New York crew
MUSIC
Orig score
Songs prod
Mus supv
Mus coord
Mus scoring mixer
SOUND
Prod sd
Boom op
Utility sd tech
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
ADR ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Boom op
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Main title des
DANCE
Choreog
Asst choreog
Asst choreog
Asst choreog
MAKEUP
Make-up
Miss Midler's make-up
Ms. Midler's make-up des
Ms. Midler's hair
Make-up artist, The New York crew
Hair stylist, The New York crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Casting
Prod coord
Exec asst to Mr. Marshall
Asst to Teri Schwartz
Asst to Nick Abdo
Asst to Bonnie Bruckheimer-Martell
Asst to Margaret Jennings South
Secy to Mr. Marshall
Loc mgr
Asst prod coord
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod auditor
1st asst auditor
Unit pub
Medical tech adv
Transportation coord
Extras casting
Loc mgr, The New York crew
Prod coord, The New York crew
Asst loc mgr, The New York crew
N.Y. casting, The New York crew
Transportation capt, The New York crew
Extras casting, The New York crew
STAND INS
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Beaches by Iris Rainer Dart (New York, 1985).
SONGS
"The Glory Of Love," written by Billy Hill, performed by Bette Midler, also performed by Melissa Jean
"Wind Beneath My Wings," written by Larry Henley & Jeff Silbar, performed by Bette Midler
"Otto Titsling," written by Bette Midler, Jerry Blatt, Charlene Seeger & Marc Shaiman
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SONGS
"The Glory Of Love," written by Billy Hill, performed by Bette Midler, also performed by Melissa Jean
"Wind Beneath My Wings," written by Larry Henley & Jeff Silbar, performed by Bette Midler
"Otto Titsling," written by Bette Midler, Jerry Blatt, Charlene Seeger & Marc Shaiman
"Oh Industry," written by Bette Midler & Wendy Waldman, performed by Bette Midler
"I've Still Got My Health," written by Cole Porter, performed by Bettle Midler
"I Think It's Going To Rain Today," written by Randy Newman, performed by Bette Midler
"Baby Mine," written by Ned Washington & Frank Churchill, performed by Bette Midler
"I Know You By Heart," written by Dean Pitchford, George Merrill & Shannon Rubicam, performed by Bette Midler & David Pack
"You Are My Sunshine," written by Jimmy Davis & Charles Mitchell, performed by Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey & Grace Johnston
"Ballin' The Jack," written by James Burris & Chris Smith, performed by Bette Midler & Grace Johnston
"Bunny Boy," written by Marc Shaiman, performed by Bette Midler
"A Doctor, A Doctor," written by Marc Shaiman, performed by Bette Midler
"Give My Regards To Broadway," written by George M. Cohan, performed by Archie Hahn
"Que Sera, Sera," written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans, performed by Patrick Richwood
"I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise," written by Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin & B.G. DeSylva
"Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo," written & performed by Rick Derringer, courtesy of High Calibre Productions
"Thunder And Lightning," written & performed by Chi Coltrane, courtesy of CBS Records
"Bridal Chorus," performed by Leonard Slatkin and the National Philharmonic Orchestra, courtesy of RCA Victor Red Seal, a division of BMG Classics
"Under The Boardwalk," written by Arthur Resnick & Kenny Young, performed by The Drifters, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Special Products, also performed by Bette Midler.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Remember Me
Friends
Release Date:
21 December 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles premiere: 15 December 1988
New York opening: 21 December 1988
Los Angeles opening: 23 December 1988
Production Date:
began April 1988 in Los Angeles and New York
Copyright Claimant:
Touchstone Pictures a.a.d.o. the Walt Disney Company
Copyright Date:
27 December 1988
Copyright Number:
PA390510
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses/Prints
Camera and Panaflex® lenses by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
120
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29379
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Los Angeles, California, CC Bloom rehearses the song “Under The Boardwalk” before her concert at the Hollywood Bowl. She receives a note that prompts her to abandon the show and rush to San Francisco, California. On the way, she recalls meeting her best friend, Hillary Whitney, on the beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey. There, eleven-year-old CC smokes a cigarette under the boardwalk and spies Hillary, a pretty, well-mannered girl who is lost and panicked. Promising to lead Hillary back to her hotel, CC takes her new friend to an audition and performs “That’s The Glory Of Love” with gusto. However, the talent scout prefers a prettier, less talented girl, and CC throws a tantrum. Hillary joins CC’s mother, Leona, in consoling the disappointed girl, and offers to take her for a soda. Arriving at a fancy hotel, Hillary reveals that her father is rich but her mother passed away when she was young. Suddenly, Hillary’s haughty Aunt Vesta appears and tears her away from CC, who looks out of place in her chintzy costume. Before parting, Hillary gives CC her address and begs her to write. The girls return to their very different lives: CC continues to pursue show business while living with her mother in a small apartment in the Bronx, and Hillary enjoys equestrian lessons and resides at her father’s mansion outside San Francisco. Although they never see each other, CC and Hillary become pen pals. Hillary grows up to become a beautiful law student at Stanford University, and CC, who auditions constantly to no avail, gets her own apartment in downtown Manhattan after Leona moves to Florida. One night, Hillary surprises CC after her ... +


In Los Angeles, California, CC Bloom rehearses the song “Under The Boardwalk” before her concert at the Hollywood Bowl. She receives a note that prompts her to abandon the show and rush to San Francisco, California. On the way, she recalls meeting her best friend, Hillary Whitney, on the beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey. There, eleven-year-old CC smokes a cigarette under the boardwalk and spies Hillary, a pretty, well-mannered girl who is lost and panicked. Promising to lead Hillary back to her hotel, CC takes her new friend to an audition and performs “That’s The Glory Of Love” with gusto. However, the talent scout prefers a prettier, less talented girl, and CC throws a tantrum. Hillary joins CC’s mother, Leona, in consoling the disappointed girl, and offers to take her for a soda. Arriving at a fancy hotel, Hillary reveals that her father is rich but her mother passed away when she was young. Suddenly, Hillary’s haughty Aunt Vesta appears and tears her away from CC, who looks out of place in her chintzy costume. Before parting, Hillary gives CC her address and begs her to write. The girls return to their very different lives: CC continues to pursue show business while living with her mother in a small apartment in the Bronx, and Hillary enjoys equestrian lessons and resides at her father’s mansion outside San Francisco. Although they never see each other, CC and Hillary become pen pals. Hillary grows up to become a beautiful law student at Stanford University, and CC, who auditions constantly to no avail, gets her own apartment in downtown Manhattan after Leona moves to Florida. One night, Hillary surprises CC after her performance at a jazz club, announcing that she quit her job at a law firm and came to New York for a fresh start. CC invites Hillary to stay in her apartment and the two become inseparable. Hillary begins to work for the American Civil Liberties Union, while CC takes odd jobs, including a gig delivering singing telegrams. One day, Hillary drives CC to an apartment building, where she performs a singing telegram dressed as a bunny. The recipient, John Pierce, reveals that he is a theater director and invites CC to audition for him. When he sees Hillary outside, John is smitten, and CC is immediately jealous. Although CC dyes her hair blonde to get John's attention, John does not seem to notice the change when he casts her as a prison guard in his upcoming play. Sometime later, CC wins the lead role in a musical directed by John, and her performance wins rave reviews. However, John and Hillary slip away on opening night, and Hillary later apologizes to CC for sleeping with John, knowing that CC also has feelings for him. Quick to forgive, CC offers to water Hillary’s plants when she goes home to visit her sick father. Hillary is held back in San Francisco as her father becomes increasingly ill, and begins dating the family’s young lawyer, Michael Essex. Meanwhile, CC lands a role in a Broadway revue and develops an ambiguous relationship with John in Hillary’s absence. When her father dies, Hillary decides to marry Michael Essex, but CC cannot attend the wedding due to her Broadway show. After finally having sex, John declares his love for CC and they are soon married at City Hall, where CC slaps John’s face so he will remember the moment forever. Hillary and Michael visit New York to see CC’s revue, Sizzle ’76. After the show, Michael disguises his dislike for the bawdy material, and CC is surprised to learn that Hillary has quit her job to become a housewife. At CC and John’s new uptown apartment, John greets Hillary too warmly for CC’s liking. The women become increasingly competitive, and the strain in their relationship comes to blows during a shopping trip when Hillary suggests CC is too selfish to be a good mother. Livid, CC accuses Hillary of jealousy, and Hillary suggests CC ended up with John “by default.” Later, on the airplane home, Hillary cries in the bathroom, hiding her torment from Michael. In time, CC writes more letters to Hillary, but they are returned. Meanwhile, both women’s marriages deteriorate. Visiting Leona in Florida, CC tells her mother that John no longer pays enough attention to her. Leona reprimands her daughter for needing too much attention, but upon returning to New York, CC cannot convince John to stay. She goes to work on a film and fights with the director, while, in San Francisco, Hillary catches Michael cheating on her. After being fired from the movie, CC comes to perform at a tacky San Francisco club. Hillary surprises her there and admits to being jealous of CC’s talent. In turn, CC confesses that she envies Hillary’s beauty, and commiserates when she discovers that Hillary has left Michael despite being pregnant with his child. Admitting that she and John also broke up, CC stays to help Hillary prepare her nursery. CC engages in a whirlwind romance with Dr. Richard Milstein, Hillary’s obstetrician, but leaves him to take the lead in one of John’s plays. In the next few years, CC re-establishes herself as an actress and singer, Hillary returns to her law career, and her daughter, Victoria, grows up to be precocious and strong-willed. When Victoria is eleven years old, an exhausted Hillary is diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, a debilitating heart disease. She is placed on a waiting list for a heart donor, but a match is unlikely. CC agrees to spend the summer at Hillary’s beach house, and although her relationship with Victoria is initially rocky, the child becomes more dependent on CC as Hillary weakens. One day, Hillary observes CC teaching a dance to Victoria on the beach and becomes jealous, but CC encourages Hillary to act livelier as long as she can. As the summer ends, Hillary returns home with Victoria, who plans to see CC’s upcoming show at the Hollywood Bowl. However, on the day Victoria is meant to fly out, Hillary faints. Abandoning the concert, CC rushes to the hospital in San Francisco and convinces the staff to release Hillary so that Victoria will not have to see her there. The three return to the beach, where Victoria and Hillary spend their final moments together. CC discovers that Hillary has left Victoria in her care, and offers the girl the option to come with her to New York or live with Aunt Vesta. Victoria chooses CC, and sometime later, watches from backstage as CC performs “That’s The Glory Of Love.” After the show, CC tells Victoria the story of how she and Hillary met. +

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