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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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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:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Version of The Tempest (1979) See more »


Darkened Sands
Performed by Ben Whishaw
Music by Elliot Goldenthal
Lyrics by William Shakespeare
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A female Prospero reigns supreme
10 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am not a fan of male characters in Shakespeare being played by women, although it is only fair when you remember that when first written, all parts were played by men. However, I thought Helen Mirren did a brilliant and believable piece of work. At least the text had been adapted to reinforce the fact that she was female and we weren't expected to believe that she was Prospero and not Prospera. I thoroughly enjoyed this screen adaptation and although scenes that I looked forward to were cut out e.g., the Goddesses at the feast, the CGI was very clever. I thought that it was a mistake to make the casting of Caliban an African man, although he was disguised with scales and what looked like vertiligo. The purists see this play as about man's fear of anything different,(the other) and this plays into the post colonial criticisms by making the man black. Although Ben Wishaw did a sterling job as Ariel, it was a bit disconcerting to see his thin body running around naked. Especially at the beginning when he had to lie about with his leg discretely crossed in case he revealed anything he shouldn't. However, having acted in this play and seen several versions this was one of the best.

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