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The Prince of Tides (1991)

R | | Drama | 25 December 1991 (USA)
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A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.

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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Lila Wingo Newbury
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Herbert Woodruff
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Savannah Wingo
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Eddie Detreville
Jason Gould ...
Bernard Woodruff
Brad Sullivan ...
Henry Wingo
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Lucy Wingo
Lindsay Wray ...
Jennifer Wingo
Brandlyn Whitaker ...
Chandler Wingo
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The Wingo family is from South Carolina, they growing up in a house on a tidal plain. The oldest offspring, Lucas, largely acted as the protector for his younger twins siblings, Tom and Savannah, in light of their dysfunctional growing up, with their shrimper father, Henry, distant and abusive if/when he did pay them any attention, and their mother, Lila, while not doting on them most concerned about appearances and striving for social standing. Now in middle age, Savannah is a New York based poet, Tom, still living on the South Carolina coast outside of Charleston with his wife Sally and their own three doting daughters, taking a break from his high school teaching/football coaching job, while Lucas has long since died while still standing up for himself and his beliefs. Lila, divorced and now remarried with that wealth and social standing she so long desired, receives news that Savannah is in the hospital following her most recent suicide attempt. Not wanting to face the blame ... Written by Huggo

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A story about the memories that haunt us, and the truth that sets us free.

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Rated R for a scene of sex-related violence and for strong language | See all certifications »

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25 December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El príncipe de las mareas  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$74,787,599 (USA)
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Trivia

Robert Redford initially acquired the film rights and was planning to star and direct himself. He had even considered Streisand for the Lowenstein role, but was having trouble getting a satisfactory script together. When Streisand seemed more enthusiastic than he was, Redford relinquished the film rights to her. See more »

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Sally's Southern accent appears & disappears as the film progresses. See more »

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Tom Wingo: [narrating] In New York I learned that I needed to love my mother and father in all their flawed, outrageous humanity, and in families there are no crimes beyond forgiveness. But it is the mystery of life that sustains me now. I look to the north, and I wish again that there were two lives apportioned to every man - and every woman.
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Referenced in Oh, Woe Is Me (1993) See more »

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That's What I Like 'Bout The South
Written by Andy Razaf
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One of the best dramas I've ever seen!
9 October 1999 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

Barbra Streisand's visual presentation of Pat Conroy's novel is excellent! I never expected a film under her direction to be this great and very expressive. Nick Nolte's acting is excellent and I can't think of any actor who can play his role as Tom. For those of you who never seen this film, The Prince of Tides is a drama that tackles family, time and emotions. The film is indeed a great imitation of life!


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