I was so excited to watch Beaches again. Beaches starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey is now available on Blu-ray. I fell in love with Bette Midler and her character CC Bloom the first time I saw this movie back in the late 1980’s. Beaches is a beautiful story about friendship.
Beaches is a story of friendship, one that would last forever. It was a friendship that began with two girls on a beach. Over the years, the relationship between CC (Bette Midler) and Hillary (Barbara Hershey) had many ups and downs. At times they were not speaking, and for a time their friendship was maintained through letters. These two friends had very different lives — CC was an aspiring singer and actress, while Hillary was a lawyer.
Both women went through a lot in their lives and the friendship had it’s highs and lows, from marriage to divorce, and childbirth. The straw that almost broke the camels back, so to speak, was when both women fell for the same man. Even still, CC and Hillary found their way back to each other.
Toward the end of the movie tragedy strikes and the friends find themselves there for each other in a way that could not have been imagined. I don’t want to tell you what happened, just in case you haven’t seen this movie yet. I will warn you though… this movie is a real tear-jerker, so be prepared to have a box of tissues handy. This film tugs at your heartstrings and when Bette Midler sings the Grammy winning song “Wind Beneath My Wings”, I promise you’ll be moved.
I think the point behind this movie is that whatever you go through with your best friend, and no matter how rough things get, in the end you will be there for each other when it really matters. This movie is timeless. I think I may have enjoyed it even more watching it this second time.
“But enough about me, let’s talk about you… what do YOU think of me?” ~ Bette Midler as CC Bloom in Beaches
You might recognize someone else in this film. Mayim Bialik, author of the attachment parenting book “Beyond the Sling” and star of the hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory”, is perfectly cast as CC’s daughter.
Here is a clip from the film.
I love how these two women stayed friends throughout the years by writing letters to each other. With all of today’s technology, letter writing seems to be a lost art form. I think I’ll have to start writing letters to some of my long distance friends.
Beaches is now available on Blu-Ray wherever movies are sold. It’s currently available from Amazon for $13.99.