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 »
Prospero, a potent magician, lives on a desolate isle with his virginal daughter, Miranda. He's in exile, banished from his duchy by his usurping brother and the King of Naples. Providence ... See full summary »
Exiled Prospero lives on a desolate island with his daughter, Miranda. When Prospero's usurping brother sails by the island, Prospero conjures a storm that wrecks the ship and changes all of their lives.
Little known actor, Jack Noah, is working on location in the dictatorship of Parador at the time the dictator dies. The dictator's right hand man, Roberto, makes Jack an offer he cannot ... See full summary »
Harry Stone (Danny Aiello), a formerly top notch director, has had three disastrous movies in a row. Facing dismissal from the top perch of Hollywood and finacial ruin from back taxes, he ... See full summary »
An aspiring Jewish actor moves out of his parents' Brooklyn apartment to seek his fortune in the bohemian life of Greenwich Village in 1953. He struggles to come to terms with his feelings ... See full summary »
P.K. runs away from home because her step-father keeps on harassing her sexually and her mother is ignoring the problem. She hides in the loading space of Kid Kane's pickup, who's on the ... See full summary »
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
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 »
Shakespeare's "The Tempest" turned into a middle-age-crazy opus
Paul Mazursky gathered an impressive acting ensemble for this modern reworking of Shakespeare's "The Tempest", with John Cassavetes feeling trapped by his career and his marriage and taking off for Greece, but direct inspiration from the Bard seems to have run dry early on, and the second-half of the picture is awfully dreary. Cassavetes is a questionable actor to put center-stage in a movie like this, one which depends on a light, fanciful touch if it's to work at all; dogged by a perpetual black cloud, Cassavetes doesn't sink into this character, and his furrowed brow and uncertain grimaces aren't interesting or attractive. As his mistress, short-haired Susan Sarandon is like a dangerous pixie, and Molly Ringwald gives the movie some joy as Cassavetes' daughter; Raul Julia has fun as a horny sheepherder, but Gena Rowlands has little to work with (the wife's arrival in the latter stages of the plot signals nothing but gloom up ahead). Although Mazursky initially seems in frisky spirits, he lets the contemplative nature of the material drag him into pretentious waters, and "Tempest" fades so fast it nearly evaporates off the screen. ** from ****
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