5 scenes when the movie ‘Beaches’ makes me cry every time

Beaches recap

I have a strict rule I have lived by since I was a young girl: If you cry, I cry with you. It doesn’t matter if it’s happy tears, devastated tears, peeling onion tears, complete stranger tears or fictional characters tears. No one should have to cry alone and you can count on me to bring the Kleenex. Except when I forget.

I never wear my emotions on my sleeve. Wait. Let me rephrase that for those of you who know me well and are laughing hysterically at that last sentence. I never wear my emotions on just my sleeve. I pretty much take a bath in them and walk around flinging my feelings at anyone who will listen. This can be exhausting, but it’s something I’ve learned to live with.

You can imagine the sheer torture that runs through my brain when I flip through the channels and discover the movie Beaches is on. This happens a lot more often than one would assume, because the 1988 classic is ALWAYS ON TV.

It’s on the Oxygen channel right now. I can feel it.

Beaches has a strange hold on me. I once had what some may call (read: my sister) an unnatural obsession with the soundtrack. It could fix any problem in my young adolescent life. Need a good laugh? Look no further than “Otto Titsling.” Have a hankering to belt a song in your car? May I suggest “I’ve Still Got My Health.” Feeling mellow? Sink into the cool vibe of Bette Midler’s version of “Under the Boardwalk” and thank me later.

Watching the movie is an entire different experience.

I will sit in anticipation, butt clenched, waiting for it to wreak havoc on my nervous system, even if it’s way past my bed time. Ten minutes left? I’ll watch. Little Mayim Bialik running around on the boardwalk? I’ll watch. I may roll my eyes and make fun of myself for watching for the millionth time, but I’ll watch.

And here is where I cry every time:

Hillary’s Baby
The entire bar scene where a pregnant Hillary comes back into CC’s life used to get me, but now I pretty much hold it together until they start decorating the nursery. Sweet Hillary who is quiet and proper is determined to be a strong, single mother. And her independent, spirited friend jumps in to help her every step of the way. Layer a soothing version of “Baby Mine” in the background, and I’m a goner. Dumbo can do that to a person. I don’t care who you are.

Mother’s Hands
Hillary frantically searches boxes, looking for a picture of her mother’s hands. This is the moment she finally comes to terms with the fact that she is not going to ever get a new heart and she has to face the rest of her life watching the top half of the hourglass hold fewer and fewer granules of sand. Life is precious and fleeting. It’s completely natural for her to hate her circumstances, but it’s very important for her to keep living while there is still life to live.

Hillary convinces CC to take her to the beach house, knowing that the end is near. While playing a game of cards, CC casually mentions, “I know everything there is to know about you and my memory is long. Very, very long.” CC bounces away into the house, and a fragile Hillary quietly responds, “I’m counting on it.” Tears. Jerking.

Wind Beneath My Wings

Stupid YouTube is so awesome.

Friends Forever
The last minutes of the movie showcase CC singing “Glory of Love” as Victoria looks on from backstage. CC takes her hand and begins telling the story of how she first met Hillary when she was smoking under the boardwalk. The scene cuts to young Hillary and young CC goofing around in a photo booth, with a lovely and equally haunting sound bite:

Hillary: Be sure to keep in touch CC, okay?
CC: Well sure. We’re friends, aren’t we?

You may have met your own Hillary when you were a small girl in hot pink fringe scampering around Atlantic City. You may have met your CC at a college party when no one else seemed to notice you were there. This dear friend plays an important role in our lives. We cherish her friendship. We crack a little at her brutal honesty. She knows what we need, when we need it. And we thank the Lord for the day she walked into our lives, because when the going gets tough, we can count on her faith, wisdom, strength, compassion and ability to make comfort food without calories.

Beaches 2And as cheesy as it may sound, you completely understand what it means to have this beloved friend as the wind beneath your wings. If you’re not sitting next to her right now, go give her a call and tell her. Just phrase it differently because she’ll probably make fun of you for being a dork.

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January 15, 2015 11:13 am

OK miss Lincee, you now have me in tears, not with only the scenes from beaches, but that beautiful paragraph about having our own CC and Whitney!!! sniff sniff

January 15, 2015 11:35 am

I too wore out the Beaches soundtrack. LOVE that movie!! No tears on your post until the end. Eveyone needs a friendship as special as Hilary and CC for sure!

January 16, 2015 8:38 am
Reply to  Lincee

Yes, that Industry song…thank goodness when they came out with CD’s and the skip feature!

Another favorite Bette Midler movie/soundtrack is For the Boys. That got played alot too.

January 15, 2015 11:52 am

Lincee, this is also my all time number one favorite movie in life.

The scene that gets me the most is litttle Whitney packing to spend the weekend with Auntie CC when mom has a heart attack. She’s only 6! “I don’t know what to DO!”

When they start singing “wind beneath my wings” I pretty much just start crying and don’t stop till the credits roll.

Oh the feels…..I’m not crying…YOU’RE crying…*sniff*

January 15, 2015 12:45 pm

I’ve loved that movie since I was 8 and still do. Won’t watch it unless I’m prepared to cry though.

January 15, 2015 1:10 pm

I was pledging Pi Phi at Baylor when that movie came out and I saw it about six times because so many of got “assigned” to go see it with pledge sisters. Sobbing mess every time! That Friends Forever part always gets me and, basically, the whole movie once Hillary finds out she is dying.

Aside: Every time I see that guy who plays Hillary’s husband in anything I shout, I HATE that guy! I did it last weekend and my husband thought I was nuts (or, more nuts than usual. We’ve been watching TV together for awhile…)

January 15, 2015 2:14 pm

YES! YES! YES! I’ve seen Beaches a thousand times and still cry every. single. time. I still have the soundtrack on CD and will occasionally pop it in on my long drives for work. It is, in my opinion, one of the best soundtracks of all time.

January 15, 2015 2:33 pm

i lost my husband four years ago this month, and one of my sweetest memories is of him with tears rolling down his cheeks at the end of that movie. i couldn’t have loved him more at that moment!

January 15, 2015 6:35 pm

Long time Bachelor recap fan here!

I call “Beaches” an emotional masochism movie: a box of tissues is required! Thanks for bringing back some memories!

January 15, 2015 11:15 pm

I Think It’s Going To Rain is still in my regular rotation. Talk about a great moody song.

January 16, 2015 12:29 am

I’ve been reading your bachelor recaps since they first moved to the web from emails, now read all your posts, and yet have never posted – but this one got me! I love the movie, had the same obsession with the soundtrack, and was bawling by the end of your post. So grateful that I do have my own CC (or maybe Hillary – despite many shared viewings we never completely established which of us is which)!

January 16, 2015 9:17 am

Best Movie Ever! You and I are kindred spirits.I cry every time I watch that movie. And at every Hallmark commercial. And pretty much any good commercial. It’s a sickness sometimes.

Have you watched Parenthood? Another one I cry at every Thursday night. Real stuff but not a reality show. And of course, there are only 2 shows left before they cancel it. Travesty!

January 16, 2015 9:20 am
Reply to  Erin

Oh, and that soundtrack? I listened to that tape non-stop for years. Yes, a cassette tape for you younguns out there! I actually still have it at my parents’ house too.

January 16, 2015 11:54 am
Reply to  Erin

I love love love Parenthood Erin!! I am so so so sad it’s almost over!!! I cry during every episode!!!

January 16, 2015 2:48 pm

Thanks for this! Saw this I’m the theater with my best friend so many years ago; still love it. Going to share with her now.

MT Nest
MT Nest
January 17, 2015 6:38 am

I have never bought a movie soundtrack. Except for Beaches.

In our early 30’s, my best friend (high school, in each other’s weddings, REALLY close) moved over 1000 miles away. We spent vacations with them, and still maintained that best friend relationship. Then, they became missionaries in a remote part of South Africa. Much harder to maintain contact.

They were recently in the US but I didn’t get to see them. This morning they are on their way back to Africa, and I have already been in tears. She’s my CC, and your description is spot on.

Sara Cady
Sara Cady
April 7, 2016 3:12 pm

I just got chills.

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