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The Tempest (2010)

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Shakespeare's epic play is translated from page to screen, with the gender of the main character, Prospero, changed from male to female.

Director:

Julie Taymor

Writers:

Julie Taymor (screenplay), William Shakespeare (play)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Felicity Jones ... Miranda
Jude Akuwudike Jude Akuwudike ... Boatswain
Reeve Carney ... Prince Ferdinand
David Strathairn ... King Alonso
Tom Conti ... Gonzalo
Alan Cumming ... Sebastian
Chris Cooper ... Antonio
Helen Mirren ... Prospera
Ben Whishaw ... Ariel
Djimon Hounsou ... Caliban
Russell Brand ... Trinculo
Alfred Molina ... Stephano
David Scott Klein David Scott Klein ... Prospera's Husband
Bryan Webster ... Guard
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Storyline

In Julie Taymor's version of 'The Tempest,' the main character is now a woman named Prospera. Going back to the 16th or 17th century, women practicing the magical arts of alchemy were often convicted of witchcraft. In Taymor's version, Prospera is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year daughter on a ship. She ends up on an island; it's a tabula rasa: no society, so the mother figure becomes a father figure to Miranda. This leads to the power struggle and balance between Caliban and Prospera; a struggle not about brawn, but about intellect. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some nudity, suggestive content and scary images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2011 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tempestade See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,436, 12 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$277,943

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$405,861
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The line in the song "Come unto these yellow sands" is changed in the film to "Come unto these darkened sands". See more »

Goofs

The chessboard that Miranda uses is set up 90 degrees rotated from its proper position. Facing the board, each player should have a white square on the far right of their back rank. This board is positioned so that the black squares are on that side. See more »

Quotes

Caliban: This island is mine!
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Crazy Credits

Throughout the credits we see Prospera's books sinking in the ocean one by one, presumably after she tossed each of them in. See more »


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Full Fathom Five
Performed by Ben Whishaw
Music by Elliot Goldenthal
Lyrics by William Shakespeare
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Dame Helen reigns supreme
6 March 2011 | by tcbentlySee all my reviews

In casting Helen Mirren as Prospera, director Julie Taymor adds an interesting spin to this Shakespeare adaptation.

Also CGI effects help make more sense of the story.

On the downside, film versions of the bard's plays rarely work perfectly (with the honourable exception of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet) and unless you know the play already, the action here is pretty hard to follow. Also, it's a bit strange seeing comic genius Alan Cumming in a straight role.

Ultimately though, the main joy of the movie is Dame Helen. She does bitterness superbly. I loved the scene when Miranda first meets Ferdinand - Mirren's ironic commentary added a whole new dimension to the play for me.

I also loved Tony Conti as the aged senator Gonzalo. His performance is so masterful it puts his character at the forefront of the story for once - no bad thing.

Overall I think Shakespeare fans will really enjoy this film. Other people may be left a little bored and bewildered.


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