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

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7 January 2011 (Brazil)  »

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A Tempestade  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$42,436 (USA) (10 December 2010)

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$263,365 (USA) (18 February 2011)
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Trivia

"O mistress mine" is originally a song from "Twelfth Night" (also by Shakespeare), not "The Tempest". See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Prospera: We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little lives are rounded with a sleep.
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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 »

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Version of The Tempest/II (1951) See more »

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Where The Bee Sucks
Performed by Ben Whishaw
Music by Elliot Goldenthal
Lyrics by William Shakespeare
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My favorite Shakespeare story, ruined with awkward graphics and poor directing.
21 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie had potential, but it turned out rather awkward in this re- telling. Very recognizable actors in every role, some of them tried really hard to make it work, probably just poorly directed in that respect? Odd music choices throughout. Plus, I don't think I've ever seen worse screen manipulation or graphics. Some scenes look like they were straight up "photoshopped". To be honest, I think Syfy channel tries harder than this. Dialogue was a bit hacked up and hard to follow (hard to hear even at times). I've read the play twice in original play form (olde English), so I know what they are supposed to be saying, that had nothing to do with it, just didn't work. Shakespeare would roll in his grave if he saw this with his name on it methinks.


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