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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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Blythe Danner's "Prince of Tides" portrayal of Sally Wingo is her second film character who originated from a Pat Conroy novel, her first characterization was Lillian Meecham, a decade earlier in the film of "The Great Santini". See more »


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


Susan Lowenstein: How did you deal with his death?
Tom Wingo: I shut down like a broken motor.
Susan Lowenstein: Huh. And according to the Southern way, still no tears.
Tom Wingo: [laughing] Oh, I cry sometimes, Lowenstein. I cry at weddings, at the Olympics. I'm real big at the national anthem.
Susan Lowenstein: But not over Luke?
Tom Wingo: What the hell for? It wouldn't bring him back.
Susan Lowenstein: No. But it might bring you back.
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An adaptation of Pat Conroy's Wonderful Novel
22 April 2000 | by (The Republic of Texas) – See all my reviews

It is next to impossible to turn a 800 page novel into a consumable movie without losing some of what made the novel brilliant in the first place (which this one is). The novel is about growing up in South Carolina and about the love of three siblings for each other. The novel takes its name from what the sister calls one of the brothers: The Prince Of Tides. But, Luke Wingo, the title character is seldom seen in this mediocre adaptation. Ms. Streisand decided to make it a love story about her character and Lukes brother Tom. She missed the entire point, and screwed up a good story that would have better been left as a mini-series because of its length and depth. (She needs to watch LONESOME DOVE or ROOTS or CENNTENIAL to see that you can make masterpeices on tv, especially if you have a huge text to work from).

However, Nolte is perfectly cast, and plays the part of a downtrodden southern everyman very well. The few childhood flashback scenes that they do film are done very well. Too bad Babs didn't realize this was the meat of the novel. Oh well, at least she didn't sing.

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