Garry Marshall directs Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey and John Heard in this weepie following two mismatched pen pals as they grow up.
Does Beaches make me cry? Sob uncontrollably? Not once. But it was never really made for me. It is probably Bette Midler’s best role, she certainly overpowers Hershey into insignificance. The childhood scenes are the strongest, everything else perfunctory… until that gut-punch ending. The ballad Wind Beneath My Wings does a lot of the hard work.
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