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The Tempest (1979)

R | | Drama, Fantasy | May 1980 (UK)
Banished to a forsaken island, the Right Duke of Milan and Sorcerer Prospero gets the chance to take his revenge on the King of Naples with the assistance of his airy spirit-servant, Ariel.

Director:

Derek Jarman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Bull ... Alonso, the King of Naples
David Meyer David Meyer ... Ferdinand, his son
Neil Cunningham Neil Cunningham ... Sebastian, his brother
Heathcote Williams Heathcote Williams ... Prospero, the Right Duke of Milan
Toyah Willcox ... Miranda, his daughter
Richard Warwick ... Antonio, his brother
Karl Johnson ... Ariel, an airy spirit
Jack Birkett Jack Birkett ... Caliban, a savage and deformed slave
Christopher Biggins ... Stephano, a drunken mariner
Peter Turner Peter Turner ... Trinculo, his friend
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ... Gonzalo, an honest councillor
Elisabeth Welch Elisabeth Welch ... A Goddess
Claire Davenport Claire Davenport ... Sycorax
Kate Temple Kate Temple ... Young Miranda
Helen Wellington-Lloyd Helen Wellington-Lloyd ... A Spirit
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Storyline

Banished from his grand duchy by the King of Naples and his traitorous brother Sebastian, the Right Duke of Milan and Sorcerer Prospero finds refuge with his daughter Miranda to a forsaken island. But when unexpectedly Prospero's enemies approach, with the assistance of his airy spirit-servant, Ariel, he summons a mighty tempest, leading eventually the King to the isle and his son Ferdinand to the prison. As a result, Miranda and Ferdinand will fall in love, while at the same time, a few survivors of the shipwreck wander the desolate island with murderous intentions. Written by Nick Riganas

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We are such stuff as dreams are made on and our little life is rounded with a sleep. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tempestade See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP150,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$813
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Boyd's Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Prospero was originally intended for an older actor and John Gielgud was approached but declined. It was then offered to Terry-Thomas but his failing health caused him to turn it down. The character was then rewritten as a younger Prospero and Heathcote Williams was cast. See more »

Quotes

Miranda, his daughter: Oh, how beauteous mankind is. O brave new world that has such people in it!
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Crazy Credits

Many Thanks To All Those Who Took An Interest and Especially... and All The Sailors Who Weathered The Storm. See more »

Connections

Version of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: The Tempest (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Stormy Weather
Written by Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler
Performed by Elisabeth Welch
Arranged by Stephen Pruslin
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Dreams are made
13 December 1998 | by lumperSee all my reviews

The stuff dreams are made of. A complete retelling of the play as a dream of vengeance: will baffle purists, but will delight the open-minded. A superb effort: great cinematography, acting, and script. 11-stars...***********


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