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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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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)

Gross USA:

$74,787,599
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Trivia

Barbra Streisand consulted with doctors and therapists for approximately six months to help create a sense of authenticity for the film. See more »

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

Quotes

Tom Wingo: You have to be patient with me, Lila. You've done a lot to piss me off.
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Nolte's terrific but Streisand's ego defeats it
27 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

I'm afraid Streisand's overblown ego defeats this film. Taking what is essentially over-ripe Tennessee William's material, this may have had possibilities. But Streisand's character (and especially the director's fawning to her character (no surprise, since she directed it) makes this an ego journey of immense proportions. I don't know how Nolte survived this and how he crafted such a magnificent performance. I don't know how he managed to mutter the film's last lines ("Lowenstein, Lowenstein.") without breaking into laughter. (My guess...liquor and multiple takes.) Streisand as a performer needed someone to fetter her (she can give good performances when restrained.) Streisand the director needed to keep from falling in love with Lowenstein. (She did very well with the opening...except the titles and cast lists interfered with the story.) At the end, the only impression left is an unsubtle argument for Streisand's greatness. An argument that fails to persuade.


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