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 & 10 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Wingo
Lila Wingo Newbury
Herbert Woodruff
Savannah Wingo
Eddie Detreville
Jason Gould ...
Bernard Woodruff
Brad Sullivan ...
Henry Wingo
Maggie Collier ...
Lucy Wingo
Lindsay Wray ...
Jennifer Wingo
Brandlyn Whitaker ...
Chandler Wingo
Justen Woods ...
Tom Wingo (age 6)
Bobby Fain ...
Tom Wingo (age 10)
Trey Yearwood ...
Tom Wingo (age 13)


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El príncipe de las mareas  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)


$74,787,599 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chris O'Donnell, who would soon become a star in Scent of a Woman, won the role of Streisand's teenage son, Bernard, but Pat Conroy didn't think he was right. Looking through photos of other young actors, he picked one out, telling Streisand that she should hire him, instead. The actor was Streisand's own son, Jason Gould. See more »


Towards the end of the film, Tom is walking with Savannah along the water in New York. Despite having had cut her wrists recently, she is not wearing any bandages nor are any scars visible on her wrists. See more »


Tom Wingo: [narrating] There are families who live out their entire lives without a single thing of interest happening to them. I've always envied those families.
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User Reviews

Barbra and Nick at their best in a terrific movie
17 November 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I have seen this movie many times and it always holds me. Its rhythm, cinematography and casting is perfect and the story never fails to deliver.

Tom Wingo, played by Nolte in an all-time best for him, has to go to New York to help his twin sister, Savannah Wingo, played by Melinda Dillon who has attempted suicide for the umpteenth time. Tom is aware there are ghosts in the family but wants to keep them submerged. However with the love for his sister and the encouragement of her psychiatrist, Lowenstein, played by Streisand, the truth begins to unfold along with a love between Lowenstein and Tom who are both in unhappy marriages.

There are no easy solutions here to the many issues that are raised, suffice is to say that Streisand, who also directs, keeps a gentle hand in and does not wham home any major emotional points. George Carlin is deft in a minor role, as is Blythe Danner as Tom's wife. The film never fails to pack a punch for me.

9 out of 10. Kudos to all, not a false note.

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