Trivia / Splash

  • Breakthrough Hit: The film's $69.8 million gross made it the Disney studios' first real live action hit since The Love Bug in 1969, and established Touchstone Pictures as the go-to brand for live action Disney movies in the 1980s and through the 1990s.
  • Bowdlerization: On the UK's Cinemagic channel, the store clerk's line, "My daughter's lucky. She's anorexic," was edited to remove "She's anorexic."
  • Dueling Movies: Nearly every major Hollywood studio rejected producer Brian Grazer's pitch for Splash to avoid competition with another film project titled Mermaid which also had the story of a man falling in love with a mermaid. Unlike Splash, many big names were attached to the project: Herbert Ross was going to direct the film, Ray Stark was going to produce it, Robert Towne (of Chinatown fame) was going to write the screenplay, Jessica Lange was going to play the titular mermaid, and Warren Beatty was going to play the male lead. Grazer managed to get the film made anyway, and Mermaid was the film that ultimately got canceled.
  • The Red Stapler: "Madison" as a first name was virtually unheard-of when this movie came out. That was the joke. Thanks to Splash, it has been in the top ten girls' names for almost two decades. It spent two years in second place, before receding to ninth place in 2012, 2013, and 2014. It finally inched out of the top ten in 2015, making 11th.
  • Star-Making Role:
    • Daryl Hannah
    • Tom Hanks. He was not unknown, but this was the first sign that he could not only make the transition from television, but outright headline a movie.
  • What Could Have Been: