Director Garry Marshall's 1988 drama Beaches about the 30-year friendship between two women, one wealthy (Barbara Hershey) and the other (Bette Midler) seeking her fortune in show business, is well written (based on the novel by Iris Rainer Dart) and nicely textured in its contrast between the characters' separate destinies. When Hershey becomes ill with cancer, the film takes a predictably sentimental course, yet Marshall brings out the best in both actresses and catches some very fine drama. Beaches is a little too long, perhaps, but overall it is a fine experience.... --Tom Keogh [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. A chance meeting of two young girls from totally different backgrounds becomes a friendship that lasts a lifetime. As they lead their own separate lives, they soon realise, and later rely on the strength that their friendship provides.
Modern weepie which traces the ups and downs of unlikely friends C.C. (Bette Midler), a brash singer, and Hillary (Barbara Hershey), a conservative rich girl. Meeting as children on a beach in Atlantic City, the two swear lifelong friendship, but don't meet up again until they are in their twenties. C.C. becomes a star, Hillary a lawyer, and they grow apart - but when Hillary contracts a fatal virus, C.C. rushes to her side'