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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.

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Barbra Streisand

Writers:

Pat Conroy (novel), Pat Conroy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #1022. See more »

Goofs

Tom's Southern accent appears & disappears as the film progresses. See more »

Quotes

Tom Wingo: [narrating] There are families who live out their entire lives without a single thing of interest happening to them. I've always envied those families.
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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 The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
aka "Dixie"
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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Barbra and Nick at their best in a terrific movie
17 November 2002 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

I have seen this movie many times and it always holds me. Its rhythm, cinematography and casting is perfect and the story never fails to deliver.

Tom Wingo, played by Nolte in an all-time best for him, has to go to New York to help his twin sister, Savannah Wingo, played by Melinda Dillon who has attempted suicide for the umpteenth time. Tom is aware there are ghosts in the family but wants to keep them submerged. However with the love for his sister and the encouragement of her psychiatrist, Lowenstein, played by Streisand, the truth begins to unfold along with a love between Lowenstein and Tom who are both in unhappy marriages.

There are no easy solutions here to the many issues that are raised, suffice is to say that Streisand, who also directs, keeps a gentle hand in and does not wham home any major emotional points. George Carlin is deft in a minor role, as is Blythe Danner as Tom's wife. The film never fails to pack a punch for me.

9 out of 10. Kudos to all, not a false note.


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