Splash Poster Original Daybill 1984 Tom Hanks Daryl Hannah
Daybill Poster. Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, and Eugene Levy. Ron Howard turned down directing Footloose and Mr. Mom to do this movie. Many big-name actors such as Jeff Bridges, Chevy Chase, Richard Gere, Dudley Moore, Michael Keaton, Kevin Kline, Bill Murray and John Travolta were all considered for the lead role before the producers decided on the then lesser-known Tom Hanks. Before Daryl Hannah was cast as Madison, it had already been turned down by Tatum O'Neal, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lynne Frederick, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Melanie Griffith, Diane Lane, Kathleen Turner and Sharon Stone. Splash was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film is notable for being the first film released by Touchstone Pictures, a film label created by Walt Disney Studios that same year to release films targeted at adult audiences. Producer Brian Grazer had pitched the film to numerous other studios but was turned down repeatedly until Walt Disney Productions agreed to produce the film. Splash was critically and commercially successful, earning over $69 million on an $11 million budget, and received praise for the acting, humour and chemistry between Hanks and Hannah.