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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Helen Mirren and Chris Cooper; and four Oscar nominees: Felicity Jones, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn and Tom Conti. See more »

Goofs

The metal-thread piping on the outfits of Antonio and several others are actually zippers. This is clear in the close-ups for the spell circle scene where a zipper on his sleeve is open and the slider is visible as Prospera talks to him. The zipper sliders on the top of the outfit that Prospera wears after this scene are still attached (they look like points, or ends of laces). See more »

Quotes

Prospera: I will plague them all, even to roaring!
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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 »

Connections

Version of Der Sturm (1969) See more »

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Legong Dance (Serangan)
Performed by Gamelan Serengan
Courtesy of Amulet Records Inc.
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My favorite Shakespeare story, ruined with awkward graphics and poor directing.
21 June 2016 | by Mrs.DSee all my reviews

The movie had potential, but it turned out rather awkward in this re- telling. Very recognizable actors in every role, some of them tried really hard to make it work, probably just poorly directed in that respect? Odd music choices throughout. Plus, I don't think I've ever seen worse screen manipulation or graphics. Some scenes look like they were straight up "photoshopped". To be honest, I think Syfy channel tries harder than this. Dialogue was a bit hacked up and hard to follow (hard to hear even at times). I've read the play twice in original play form (olde English), so I know what they are supposed to be saying, that had nothing to do with it, just didn't work. Shakespeare would roll in his grave if he saw this with his name on it methinks.


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