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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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Tom Wingo
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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
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Bernard Woodruff
Brad Sullivan ...
Henry Wingo
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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)
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Storyline

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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25 December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El príncipe de las mareas  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$74,787,599 (USA)
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Trivia

The Prince of Tides novel was recommended to Barbra Streisand by her then-boyfriend Don Johnson, who was a fan of the novel. She enjoyed it and planned to make it into a film, with Johnson in the Tom Wingo part. However by the time the film was in production, their romantic relationship had ended, which meant that Johnson was no longer attached to the role. See more »

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When Tom is coaching, Bernard's dirty white t-shirt becomes clean between shots. See more »

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Tom Wingo: It's the Southern Way; when things get too painful, we either avoid them or we laugh.
Susan Lownstein: When do you cry?
Tom Wingo: [laughing] We don't.
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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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