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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
Maggie Collier ...
Lucy Wingo
Lindsay Wray ...
Jennifer Wingo
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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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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 »

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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: [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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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
aka "Dixie"
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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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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