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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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Storyline

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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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,436, 12 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$277,943

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$405,861
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Trivia

John Gielgud previously played the role of Prospero in Peter Greenaway's film Prospero's Books (1991). That makes this film actually the first of two in which Helen Mirren has succeeded Gielgud. They very next year, she appeared in Gielgud's role in the remake Arthur (2011), which coincidentally also starred Russell Brand. See more »

Goofs

The metal-thread piping on the outfits of Antonio and several others are actually zippers. This is clear in the close-ups for the spell circle scene where a zipper on his sleeve is open and the slider is visible as Prospera talks to him. The zipper sliders on the top of the outfit that Prospera wears after this scene are still attached (they look like points, or ends of laces). See more »

Quotes

Trinculo: Misery acquaints a man with strange bed fellows.
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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 »

Connections

Version of The Tempest (1912) See more »

Soundtracks

O Mistress Mine
Performed by Reeve Carney
Music by Elliot Goldenthal
Lyrics by William Shakespeare
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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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