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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.

Director:

Barbra Streisand

Writers:

Pat Conroy (novel), Pat Conroy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Tom Wingo
Barbra Streisand ... Susan Lowenstein
Blythe Danner ... Sally Wingo
Kate Nelligan ... Lila Wingo Newbury
Jeroen Krabbé ... Herbert Woodruff
Melinda Dillon ... Savannah Wingo
George Carlin ... Eddie Detreville
Jason Gould Jason Gould ... Bernard Woodruff
Brad Sullivan ... Henry Wingo
Maggie Collier Maggie Collier ... Lucy Wingo
Lindsay Wray Lindsay Wray ... Jennifer Wingo
Brandlyn Whitaker Brandlyn Whitaker ... Chandler Wingo
Justen Woods Justen Woods ... Tom Wingo (age 6)
Bobby Fain Bobby Fain ... Tom Wingo (age 10)
Trey Yearwood Trey Yearwood ... Tom Wingo (age 13)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A story about the memories that haunt us, and the truth that sets us free.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Prince of Tides See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaufort, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,035,412, 29 December 1991

Gross USA:

$74,787,599

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,787,599
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Chris O'Donnell, who would soon become a star in Scent of a Woman, won the role of Streisand's teenage son, Bernard, but Pat Conroy didn't think he was right. Looking through photos of other young actors, he picked one out, telling Streisand that she should hire him, instead. The actor was Streisand's own son, Jason Gould. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Tom Wingo: I'm sick of my sister's attraction to razor blades - and I'm sick of shrinks who can't do a fucking thing to help her.
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Alternate Versions

Laserdisc version contains an alternate end credits sequence with Barbra Streisand's vocal performance of "Places That Belong To You" (which was replaced in the final film by new end title music by James Newton Howard after Streisand felt that to include the song would bring back the Dr. Lowenstein character and destroy the focal point of the story, which would be the Tom Wingo character). Also, alternate versions of the Tom and Susan affair scenes, and the following deleted scenes (presented in a separate supplementary section at the end of the film):
  • Tom remembering his late brother Luke;
  • Tom visiting Savannah in the hospital early in the film;
  • Tom confronting his father Henry;
  • Tom sending flowers to Dr. Lowenstein;
  • Lila being ridiculed as "white trash";
  • and a love affair montage.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bill Murray/Sting (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep On Movin'
Written by Jazzie B (as Beresford Romeo)
Performed by Soul II Soul
Courtesy of 10 Records
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Nick Nolte's and even, Barbra Streisand's Best!
10 December 2000 | by VivienLeighsnumber1fanSee all my reviews

I absolutely loved this movie when I first saw it Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand had great chemistry throughout! Babs sure knows how to direct as she did with Yentl. Kate Nelligan in her over-the-top performance as Nolte's secluded mother. She left her children with her abusive alcoholic husband after a tragic event of escaped convicts. Then Nolte grows up in his southern up-bringing town. He becomes an English teacher and then marries lovely Blythe Danner an has 3 girls. Sounds like the ideal life right? WRONG!!!! His suicidal sister in New York tries to do away with herself and he must tell the shocking secrets of his dysfuctional family to psychiatrist Streisand who has had her share of problems as well. They eventually fall in love due to his wife's affair.He also coaches Streisand's real life son Jason Gould at football. Jeroen Krabbe was good as her a**hole of a husband.George Carlin was hilarious as the sister's gay neighbor. Melinda Dillon was also convincing as the waif sister.But Blythe Danner was my favorite. Everything Blythe does is sensational! She is much better than overrated Gwyneth! This is not all pain and suffering! I laughed so hard at the dinner party that I was in tears. But the endings was one of the most beautiful conclusions of a film I have ever seen! Splendid movie! See this video ASAP! NOW! NOW! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10/10

1991 140 mins. Rated: R CC.


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