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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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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)


Tom Wingo is unhappy with his life. His wife doesn't understand him and he also doesn't get along with his dominant mother. When his sister attempts suicide, her psychologist Susan Lowenstein consults him. Patiently and cautiously she uncovers the terrible secret hidden in Tom and Savannah's childhood. On the other side she's unhappy too and so both help each other to find their way back to life. Written by Anonymous

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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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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?


Don Johnson was considered for the role of Tom Wingo. See more »


When Tom and Susan are at the French restaurant, Tom is fiddling with his drink and between shots his fingers move back and forth between being around the glass and on the stem. See more »


Tom Wingo: [narrating] At the end of every day I drive through the city of Charleston and I cross the bridge that will take me home. I feel the words building inside me, I can't stop them, or tell you why I say them, but as I reach the top of the bridge these words come to me in a whisper. I say these words as a prayer, as regret, as praise, I say: Lowenstein, Lowenstein.
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Written and Performed by Carl Perkins
Courtesy of Sun Entertainment/Rhino Records
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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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