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The Tempest (1998)

An adaptation of Shakespeare's classic is set in the Mississippi bayous during the Civil War.

Director:

Jack Bender

Writer:

James S. Henerson (as James Henerson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fonda ... Gideon Prosper
John Glover ... Anthony Prosper
Harold Perrineau ... Ariel
Katherine Heigl ... Miranda Prosper
John Pyper-Ferguson ... Gator Man
Eddie Mills ... Captain Frederick Allen
Dennis Redfield ... Wilfried 'Willy' Gonzo
Donzaleigh Abernathy ... Mambo Azaleigh
Jon Huffman ... General Grant
Tom Nowicki ... General Sherman
Rhoda Griffis ... Sophie Dupree
Lonnie Hamilton Lonnie Hamilton ... Old Ariel
Rachel Crouch Rachel Crouch ... Young Miranda
Alex Van ... Lead Raider
Tim Parati ... Raider
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An adaptation of Shakespeare's classic is set in the Mississippi bayous during the Civil War.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La tempête See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Anthony Prosper: [Gideon is aiming his rifle at him] Do your worst, brother.
Gideon Prosper: That is the problem. You are my brother.
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Version of The Tempest (1983) See more »

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Disappointing and off the mark
7 February 2001 | by artzauSee all my reviews

I keep waiting for Peter Fonda to start acting. For someone who comes from such a talented family, it's a mystery to me why Peter Fonda can only play Peter Fonda trying to play someone else. And, that's the good news in this disappointing dog of an adaptation of The Tempest. A string of loosely connected ideas that only suggest a relationship with the Bard's great play is what we're served. The setting is the Civil War and Prospero's (here Guideon's) evil brother looks like an 1890's melodrama villain, complete with Snidely Whiplash moustache. I kept waiting for him to go "Uh ha hah!" which would have been a high point in this dreary presentation. None of the supporting cast was memoriable and Peter Fonda's lack of expression and wooden body movements made the lackadaisical story drag on and on.

The Tempest is the Bard's statement about the rage of man's unjust treatment of man. The only believable character was the Gator man, the Caliban counterpart. The transferrence to the swamp had possibilities but the Civil War setting just didn't make it. All in all, a very disappointing production. I saw it on video and would advise, if you want a Willy Shakespeare fix, save your money on this one. Rent something else, like Branagh's Much Ado about Nothing, or Kevin Kline in Midsummer's Night Dream.


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