Theatrical Release: December 14, 1990 (U.S., Toronto, Can.)
Shot in Panavision; theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1.
Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom (MY LIFE AS A DOG) was the original director slated for MERMAIDS. He was replaced by Muppeteer/director Frank Oz. Oz, in turn, was replaced by Richard Benjamin, who completed the project.
The role of Charlotte initially went to British actress Emily Lloyd, who was to receive $435,000 and 2.5% of the net profits from the film. When Cher complained that the fair-haired Lloyd could not look like her daughter, she was cast out of the film and replaced by Winona Ryder. Lloyd then sued Orion Pictures Corporation and Mermaid Productions, reaching a settlement on the second day of the trial, July 30, 1991.
Casting agents Wallis Nicita and Lauren Lloyd made their producing debuts with this film.
Winona Ryder won the 1990 Best Supporting Actress Award from the National Board of Review.
Estimated budget $20 million.
Shot in Cambridge, Manchester, Essex, North Easton, Waltham,
Malden, and Rockport, Massachusetts, in Technicolor.
Filming began September 25, 1989; completed December 20, 1989.
Reviewed in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times on December 14, 1990.
Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Censors.