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The Prince of Tides (1991)

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A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.

Director:

Barbra Streisand

Writers:

Pat Conroy (novel), Pat Conroy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Tom Wingo
Barbra Streisand ... Susan Lowenstein
Blythe Danner ... Sally Wingo
Kate Nelligan ... Lila Wingo Newbury
Jeroen Krabbé ... Herbert Woodruff
Melinda Dillon ... Savannah Wingo
George Carlin ... Eddie Detreville
Jason Gould Jason Gould ... Bernard Woodruff
Brad Sullivan ... Henry Wingo
Maggie Collier Maggie Collier ... Lucy Wingo
Lindsay Wray Lindsay Wray ... Jennifer Wingo
Brandlyn Whitaker Brandlyn Whitaker ... Chandler Wingo
Justen Woods Justen Woods ... Tom Wingo (age 6)
Bobby Fain Bobby Fain ... Tom Wingo (age 10)
Trey Yearwood Trey Yearwood ... Tom Wingo (age 13)
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Storyline

The Wingo family is from South Carolina, they growing up in a house on a tidal plain. The oldest offspring, Lucas, largely acted as the protector for his younger twins siblings, Tom and Savannah, in light of their dysfunctional growing up, with their shrimper father, Henry, distant and abusive if/when he did pay them any attention, and their mother, Lila, while not doting on them most concerned about appearances and striving for social standing. Now in middle age, Savannah is a New York based poet, Tom, still living on the South Carolina coast outside of Charleston with his wife Sally and their own three doting daughters, taking a break from his high school teaching/football coaching job, while Lucas has long since died while still standing up for himself and his beliefs. Lila, divorced and now remarried with that wealth and social standing she so long desired, receives news that Savannah is in the hospital following her most recent suicide attempt. Not wanting to face the blame ... Written by Huggo

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A story about the memories that haunt us, and the truth that sets us free.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sex-related violence and for strong language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the episode of the Simpsons Marge's fear of flying episode she refers to her psychiatrist at the very end by calling her Lowenstein exactly the character of Barbra Streisand in reference to this movie See more »

Goofs

When Tom is coaching, Bernard's dirty white t-shirt becomes clean between shots. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Tom Wingo: [narrating] At the end of every day I drive through the city of Charleston and I cross the bridge that will take me home. I feel the words building inside me, I can't stop them, or tell you why I say them, but as I reach the top of the bridge these words come to me in a whisper. I say these words as a prayer, as regret, as praise, I say: Lowenstein, Lowenstein.
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Alternate Versions

Laserdisc version contains an alternate end credits sequence with Barbra Streisand's vocal performance of "Places That Belong To You" (which was replaced in the final film by new end title music by James Newton Howard after Streisand felt that to include the song would bring back the Dr. Lowenstein character and destroy the focal point of the story, which would be the Tom Wingo character). Also, alternate versions of the Tom and Susan affair scenes, and the following deleted scenes (presented in a separate supplementary section at the end of the film):
  • Tom remembering his late brother Luke;
  • Tom visiting Savannah in the hospital early in the film;
  • Tom confronting his father Henry;
  • Tom sending flowers to Dr. Lowenstein;
  • Lila being ridiculed as "white trash";
  • and a love affair montage.
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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.140 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
aka "Dixie"
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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User Reviews

 
Disappointing
1 February 1999 | by rich-106See all my reviews

The movie should have focused solely on the psychological make-up of the Nick Nolte character, Tom, or of his mother. Instead we gets tons of the usual New Yorker vs. Southerner dialogue, a silly romance between Nick and Barbra which serves no purpose, a pointless interaction of Tom with Lowenstein's son. The childhood events of Tom and his family were so intense that the secondary plots were fluff. On top of that, the "yelling" school of acting was sometimes employed. When you can't think of any good dialogue, simple have the actor rant and rave loudly way out of proportion to the issue discussed. Exactly what made Tom lose and gain back interest in his loving family was really important but not really explained.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Prince of Tides See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaufort, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,035,412, 29 December 1991

Gross USA:

$74,787,599

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,787,599
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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