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Beaches Movie Review Summary

Actors: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, James Read, Grace Johnston

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In a holiday resort in Atlantic City two young girls meet and become instant friends. It is the beginning of a lifetime friendship. The two attend college together and then go in opposite directions but keep in touch through letters and phone calls. Fast talking Cecilia "CC" Carol Bloom (Midler) grows up to be a New York theater performer and singer, while the rich kid from San Francisco, Hillary Whitney Essex (Hershey) marries and grows up to be a debutante and a lawyer. After a number of years living on separate coasts, Hillary and her husband Michael (Read) move to New York City and it is there that she gives birth to her daughter, Victoria Cecilia (Johnston). The movie shows various stages of the women's friendship including the time in college when they both fell for the same man, John Pierce (Heard). CC is there for her friend Hillary when she discovers that her husband is having an affair and later, she rushes to her side when Hillary collapses and is diagnosed with terminal cancer. The friendship becomes even stronger and is helped along by Hillary's daughter and CC's namesake, Victoria.
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(This movie is based on the novel by Iris Rainer)
The review of this Movie prepared by Patti Illsley



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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Woman/class/friends story?    -   women's (plural) story

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   San Francisco Misc setting    -   theater

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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