A rough-around-the-edges child performer C.C. Bloom (Mayim Bialik televisions "Blossom") from New York City and well-to-do Hillary Whitney (Marcie Leeds – Near Dark) from San Francisco meet at an Atlantic City beach and despite their differences they are fast friends right from the beginning. When they leave each other they promise to keep in touch and they do. In spite of the distance between the two they carry on writing letters to each other through the years until they meet up again in New York in their 20s. C.C. (Bette Midler) and Hillary (Barbara Hershey – Swing Kids and The Portrait of a Lady) move in together and are inseparable. Hillary is a successful lawyer and C.C is a struggling singer/performer/actress. The film, which was directed by Garry Marshall (Runaway Bride and Pretty Woman), begins with C.C. leaving a concert rehearsal in the present day and driving through a terrible storm all the way to San Francisco to see Hillary. While she is driving, C.C. remembers the two women's relationship. The story follows the two women through the ups and downs of their friendship, careers, both falling in love with theatre director John Pierce (John Heard – White Chicks and Pollock), marriages, and lives over the span of many years. It is a true testament and portrayal of a lifelong friendship.
I guess that this is the type of film that the phrase "chick flick" began with and I think one of the rare films that managed to affect everyone who saw it. This is a rare tale of female friendship and is quite a tearjerker. Both Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey were born to play their parts. Midler is just the right amount of over-the-top diva and Hershey is the image of prim and proper. Just as well known as the film is the theme song "Wind Beneath My Wings", which was sung by Bette Midler.
Special DVD Features:
-Beaches Bloopers: This blooper reel was originally created in 1988 and shown to the cast at the wrap party.
-Mayim Remembers Beaches: Mayim Bialik was 12 at the time of the filming of the movie and she reminisces about the making of the film. She actually admits that it was not her voice doing the young C.C. singing.
-AFIs 100 Years 100 Songs Clip with Bette Midler: "Wind Beneath My Wings" was song number 44. Bette Midler explains what the song is about and why it was so popular.
-Music Video: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
-Barbara Hershey's screen test