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The Tempest (2010)

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Shakespeare's epic play is translated from page to screen, with the gender of the main character, Prospero, changed from male to female.



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Jude Akuwudike ...
Prince Ferdinand
David Scott Klein ...
Prospera's Husband


In Julie Taymor's version of 'The Tempest,' the main character is now a woman named Prospera. Going back to the 16th or 17th century, women practicing the magical arts of alchemy were often convicted of witchcraft. In Taymor's version, Prospera is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year daughter on a ship. She ends up on an island; it's a tabula rasa: no society, so the mother figure becomes a father figure to Miranda. This leads to the power struggle and balance between Caliban and Prospera; a struggle not about brawn, but about intellect. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some nudity, suggestive content and scary images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 January 2011 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

A Tempestade  »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,436, 12 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alan Cumming's second collaboration with Julie Taymor since Titus (1999). See more »


The chessboard that Miranda uses is set up 90 degrees rotated from its proper position. Facing the board, each player should have a white square on the far right of their back rank. This board is positioned so that the black squares are on that side. See more »


Caliban: Hast thou not dropped from Heaven?
Stephano: Out of the moon, I do assure thee.
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Crazy Credits

Throughout the credits we see Prospera's books sinking in the ocean one by one, presumably after she tossed each of them in. See more »


Legong Dance (Serangan)
Performed by Gamelan Serengan
Courtesy of Amulet Records Inc.
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Excellent Adaptation - Beautiful to Look At
19 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

Wow this is one of those movies that I am completely baffled about the low ranking on here. I agree with some of the critiques that the sound mixing could have been better but overall the film was gorgeous, overall well acted and very understandable for such a difficult play.

Someone mentioned poor special effects...I thought they were wonderful. Clearly the big money goes to plenty of trite blockbusters leaving little for pieces of art and beauty such as this. But what they lacked in money they made up for in creativity....I absolutely loved the rendition of the spirit Ariel. There was plenty of gorgeous scenery both real and mixed with CGI.

Julie Taymor never disappoints me and this is no exception!

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