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Lifetime Movie 'Beaches' is Remake of the 1988 Classic

Updated on January 20, 2017

"Beaches" is a remake of the classic version of 1988. "Beaches" airs on Lifetime on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 8 p.m.

"Beaches" Airing On Lifetime

Beaches is one of the most beloved movies of all time, according to most people who have seen the original version. People have shared how they cried especially at the end of the movie. The 1988 version followed the friendship between CC Bloom played by Bette Midler and Hillary Whitney, played by Barbara Hershey. Because of their friendship, the two women supported each other through everything no matter what it was.

The remake tells the same story of Cecilia Carol "CC" Bloom, played by Idina Menzel and Hillary Whitney, played by Nia Long, who are lifelong friends. They supported each other through everything, including their careers, marriages, and illnesses.

In the contemporary remake, Beaches follows the meeting of two young girls on the Venice Boardwalk. Even though they are worlds apart in lifestyle, they embark on an unexpected and lifelong friendship.

"Beaches" 2017

Beaches premieres on Lifetime on Saturday, January 21 at 8 p.m. While watching it, you might think you have seen it before. You won't be exactly wrong. However, what you see on Lifetime is a remake of the original 1988 version. While the plot is very similar, there are some changes between the original film and the 2017 movie.

Idina Mendez in Bette Midler's Role

CC Bloom is played by Idina Menzel. That was the part played by Bette Midler in the 1988 version. Menzel is one of the few people who could sing the songs Midler sang; however, she is lacking on the comedy Midler brought to the movie. Where Midler was able to be energetic in her role, Menzel wasn't able to pull it off.

Menzel's role is shorter than Midler was. Therefore, CC's character is not as detailed with Menzel as it was with Midler. Some scenes are left out of the Lifetime movie, but their absences don't take away from the overall message. It is understandable that a television movie wouldn't have everything in it that big screen would have.

It has been said that if "Beaches" is the kind of movie that hasn’t done its job if viewers haven't gone through half a box of tissues by the time the credits start rolling.

Nia Long in Barbara Hersey's Role

Nia Long is an NAACP Image Award winner who plays Hillary Whitney. That was the part played by Barbara Hershey in the 1988 version of Beaches. Long is a Harvard Law school graduate in the new version unlike Hershey being a Stanford graduate in the classic.

"Beaches" Trailer

"Beaches" 1988

Beaches left many viewers weeping. Starring Bette Milder and Barbara Hershey, the film became popular among females and gay men. The 1988 version was a friendship between CC, played by Bette Midler and Hillary, played by Barbara Hershey. Because of their friendship, they supported each other through everything.

1988’s Beaches is a classic. Bette Midler plays a brassy street performer destined for stardom and Barbara Hershey is her pen pal and confidante. The message of the film is a reminder that female friends will always be there for each other.

Success of the 1988 Version

The film took in $5,160,258 during its opening weekend beginning January 21, 1989. It grossed $57,041,866 domestically.

The film's theme song, "Wind Beneath My Wings," hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1990.

Friends are unlike family members. You choose your friends, and you expect to have fhem for a lifetime to support you through all areas of your life. That type of friendship is exhibited in "Beaches."

Music in "Beaches"

Idina Menzel is a Tony Award winner and is well-known for the animated movie, “Frozen,” and the song, "Let It Go."

The movie features new takes on the classic songs “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love” and includes several other songs recorded specifically for the movie.

Changes in the Two Versions

The 2017 Lifetime movie follows the same story with some differences. Keep in mind that the 1988 version was a film while the 2017 version is a Lifetime movie. The latter is 46 minutes shorter than the original. While the friendship between Midler and Hershey was really given time to grow, the bonding seems more rushed between Menzel and Long.

The singing of Menzel and Midler are different but still great. Long manages to bring warmth to the cold character of Hillary much better than Hersey seemed to have done.

Lifetime fast forwards the action by a few decades and modifies the cast for the 21st century while leaving the major plot mostly unchanged. Many other details are the same, including the dialogue.

Comparison of the Two "Beaches"

"Beaches" 1988
"Beaches" 2017
CC Bloom played by Beth Midler
CC Bloom played by Idina Menzel
Hillary Whitney played by Barbara Hersey
Hillary Whitney played by Nia Long
Women met as children under the boardwalk on the beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Women met as children on Venice Boardwalk
123 minutes
87 minutes
Theme Song: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Theme Song: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Location: New Jersey
Location: Southern California
Released December 21, 1988
Released January 21, 2017

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