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The Tempest (1980)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 27 February 1980
Exiled Prospero lives on a desolate island with his daughter, Miranda. When Prospero's usurping brother sails by the island, Prospero conjures a storm that wrecks the ship and changes all of their lives.

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John Gorrie

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Hordern ... Prospero
Derek Godfrey Derek Godfrey ... Antonio
David Waller David Waller ... Alonso
Warren Clarke ... Caliban
Nigel Hawthorne ... Stephano
David Dixon David Dixon ... Ariel
Andrew Sachs ... Trinculo
John Nettleton ... Gonzalo
Alan Rowe Alan Rowe ... Sebastian
Pippa Guard ... Miranda
Christopher Guard Christopher Guard ... Ferdinand
Kenneth Gilbert Kenneth Gilbert ... Boatswain
Edwin Brown ... Master
Paul Greenhalgh Paul Greenhalgh ... Francisco
Christopher Bramwell Christopher Bramwell ... Adrian
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Exiled Prospero lives on a desolate island with his daughter, Miranda. When Prospero's usurping brother sails by the island, Prospero conjures a storm that wrecks the ship and changes all of their lives.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1980 (UK) See more »

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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: The Tempest See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Sir John Gielgud was cast as Prospero, but backed out after disagreements over the production concept. See more »

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Version of The Tempest (1911) See more »

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good but...
17 January 2007 | by standardmetalSee all my reviews

The Tempest is often considered to be Shakespeare's last major play. Therefore it is easy to see why many think Prospero, the leading character, is a sort of picture of Shakespeare on the eve of his retirement; Prospero retires to Milan as Shakespeare did to Stratford and put away his magic staff as Shakespeare did his pen.

Michael Hordern was usually good as Prospero (some unfortunate line readings do not detract too much from the over-all effect.), the wizard of the island which was possibly Shakespeare's representation of the New World, then being explored. (Miranda even famously exclaims, with Aldous Huxley, "O brave new world, that has such people in't".)

David Dixon was the spirit Ariel and, he "almost has on" a sort of thong like the other spirits (dancers) that bring and then deliberately remove a magical meal before anyone has a chance to consume it. Alas, Mr. Dixon isn't that convincing as an actor here; too often he merely throws his lines out in a thoughtless manner. Both he and these other spirits seem more campy than sincere, more softcore gay porn than Shakespeare.

I'm not suggesting that other productions may not have similar displays of near-nudity which W.S. himself might well have appreciated once he got over his initial shock, but a bit more dignity might also have been in order. The "masque" towards the end was both more extended (though slightly abridged in this version.) and better done in my opinion and the music by Joseph Horovitz in this section was quite good.

Pippa and Christopher Guard were good as the young lovers Miranda and Ferdinand but they are cousins in real life and not siblings as someone else stated. The other characters were also well done including Nigel Hawthorne as the drunk Stephano and Warren Clarke as Caliban.

The opening ship scene was almost totally inaudible with the actors' lines overpowered by the sounds of the storm. But I thought that the scenery was perfectly adequate for the purpose of this TV production.


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