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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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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom Wingo
... Susan Lowenstein
... Sally Wingo
... Lila Wingo Newbury
... Herbert Woodruff
... Savannah Wingo
... Eddie Detreville
Jason Gould ... Bernard Woodruff
... Henry Wingo
Maggie Collier ... Lucy Wingo
Lindsay Wray ... Jennifer Wingo
Brandlyn Whitaker ... Chandler Wingo
Justen Woods ... Tom Wingo (age 6)
Bobby Fain ... Tom Wingo (age 10)
Trey Yearwood ... Tom Wingo (age 13)
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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.

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Drama | Romance

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

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25 December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El príncipe de las mareas  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$74,787,599
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Trivia

Kevin Costner was offered the role of Tom Wingo. See more »

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When Tom is smoking and waiting for Dr. Lowenstein (after talking to his wife) a blond guy walks behind him, and after a change of camera the guy appears again. See more »

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Tom Wingo: [narrating] I suppose Henry Wingo would have been a pretty good father - if he hadn't been such a violent man.
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Keep On Movin'
Written by Jazzie B (as Beresford Romeo)
Performed by Soul II Soul
Courtesy of 10 Records
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An adaptation of Pat Conroy's Wonderful Novel
22 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

It is next to impossible to turn a 800 page novel into a consumable movie without losing some of what made the novel brilliant in the first place (which this one is). The novel is about growing up in South Carolina and about the love of three siblings for each other. The novel takes its name from what the sister calls one of the brothers: The Prince Of Tides. But, Luke Wingo, the title character is seldom seen in this mediocre adaptation. Ms. Streisand decided to make it a love story about her character and Lukes brother Tom. She missed the entire point, and screwed up a good story that would have better been left as a mini-series because of its length and depth. (She needs to watch LONESOME DOVE or ROOTS or CENNTENIAL to see that you can make masterpeices on tv, especially if you have a huge text to work from).

However, Nolte is perfectly cast, and plays the part of a downtrodden southern everyman very well. The few childhood flashback scenes that they do film are done very well. Too bad Babs didn't realize this was the meat of the novel. Oh well, at least she didn't sing.


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