Tempest (1982)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  13 August 1982 (USA)
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A sobering mid-life crisis fuels dissatisfaction in Philip Dimitrius, to the extent where the successful architect trades his marriage and career in for a spiritual exile on a remote Greek ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phillip's Father
Jackie Gayle ...
Anthony Holland ...
Harry Gondorf
Lucianne Buchanan ...
Vassilis Glezakos ...
Luigi Laezza ...
Sergio Nicolai ...


A sobering mid-life crisis fuels dissatisfaction in Philip Dimitrius, to the extent where the successful architect trades his marriage and career in for a spiritual exile on a remote Greek island where he hopes to conjure meaning into his life - trying the patience of his new girlfriend and angst-ridden teenage daughter. Written by David Parker

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Most men dream their fantasies. Phillip decided to live his.


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13 August 1982 (USA)  »

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Paul Mazursky's Tempest  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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The movie's big free-fall jump took place at the abandoned Dunes Casino construction site. The stuntman Jery Hewitt waited sitting on a 12-inch girder for several hours until the treacherous sea winds subsided so he could make his 92-foot jump into the ocean. See more »


When a helicopter lands in Manhattan, in the last scene of the film, Philip steps out with a haircut in continuity with the early part of the story, set "18 months ago". Since the time on the island takes place 18 months later, over a 24 hour cycle, his hair should be short and gray when he lands, instead of longer and darker. See more »


Kalibanos: My Bonny Johnny dance in my pants!
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Version of Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »


New York, New York
Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Performed by Liza Minnelli, danced by Raul Julia and his goats
Courtesy of United Artists Records
Special Thanks to Liza Minnelli
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Truly a gem! A "must-see"! Classic!
25 December 1998 | by (Port St. Lucie, FL) – See all my reviews

I've rented this gem several times! It's a small, yet somehow sprawling masterpiece taking the viewer from Manhattan glitz to the beauty of the Greek islands. John Cassavetes on-screen marriage to his real-life wife Gena Rowlands is on the rocks. He finds meaning in a fling with footloose Susan Sarandon whom he finds in Greece while their daughter, played in her earliest film role by the pubescent Molly Ringwald, falls for the son of the Greek shipping tycoon who is courting her mother on a yacht sailing in neighboring waters. Meanwhile, the immensely talented Raul Julia plays a goatherd living in a cave with his Sony Trinitron. He has the "hots" for Molly Ringwald's character until confronted by John Cassavetes. All comes together at the end in a classic closing scene where all is reconciled. Raul Julia, the goatherd, is seen dancing with his goat. This film is full of mysticism, beauty, young and old love, humor, sexiness, and more. See it!

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