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The Tempest (1979)

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 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 ... 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 »

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tempestade See more »

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Budget:

£150,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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Miranda, his daughter: Oh, how beauteous mankind is. O brave new world that has such people in it!
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Many Thanks To All Those Who Took An Interest and Especially... and All The Sailors Who Weathered The Storm. See more »

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Version of The Tempest (2001) See more »

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Stormy Weather
Written by Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler
Performed by Elisabeth Welch
Arranged by Stephen Pruslin
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What is it all about?
29 February 2004 | by Luuk-2See all my reviews

The Tempest has been interpreted in many different ways ranging from more or less traditional views as dealing with Art to more post-modern approaches that like to dissect the play along post-colonial, feminist, gender or deconstructionist lines. The reason why Jarman's version left me fairly cold is that I didn't have a clue what he was on about. What is the underlying vision/idea/concept behind this rendering of Shakespeare? The previous reviewers do not get much further than revenge tragedy, punk show, but surely there is more to it, isn't there? This is not to say that there is no vision here, just that I was hard put to discover it. Be that as it may, there are still things to enjoy. The punk flavour is refreshing and funny. Toyah Wilcox as Miranda and Jack Birkett as Caliban are wonderful. I did not much care about Williams as Prospero ... not enough magic I suppose. The switches between the old monastery/castle and the (very English) world outside can be a little unsettling at times, but I guess that is intentional. All in all, interesting but not quite the success I had hoped it might be (particularly after seeing Jarman's Caravaggio).


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