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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.

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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 ... 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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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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Taglines:

Full of magic and surprises... the most truly spectacular British film in years. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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 Tempest (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Stormy Weather
Written by Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler
Performed by Elisabeth Welch
Arranged by Stephen Pruslin
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Queer Theory in Practice
19 June 2005 | by c_murphy86See all my reviews

I'm amazed that of all the reviews I've looked at nobody seems to have noticed one of the main points of this film, or at least how I saw it. It seems like one big homosexual fantasy, camp clothing, a glorified nude Ferdinand, a definite sexual tension between Ariel and Prospero, and as a final climax, a group of men in tight sailor suits dancing the hornpipe. This whole approach, once you get used to it, provides you with all sorts of fantastic scenes and images. The sight of an innocent Ariel being pulled towards a disgusting nude Sycorax in order to perform "her earthy and abhorr'd commands", is one of the darkest I've ever scene in a Shakespeare film. However by the end of the film I'd grown tired of the style and the final hornpipe dance was just too much to take. Still overall its an interesting interpretation of the play.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tempest 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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