Tempest (1982) 1982 PG CC

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John Cassavetes gives a compelling performance as a man confronting a mid-life crisis with extraordinary results for everyone around him.

Starring:
John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands
Runtime:
2 hours 23 minutes

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Tempest (1982)

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Genres Fantasy, Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Paul Mazursky
Starring John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands
Supporting actors Susan Sarandon, Vittorio Gassman, Raul Julia, Molly Ringwald, Sam Robards, Paul Stewart, Jackie Gayle, Anthony Holland, Jerry Hardin, Lucianne Buchanan, Vassilis Glezakos, Luigi Laezza, Sergio Nicolai, Carol Ficatier, Peter Lombard, Cynthia Harris, Paul Hecht, Mark Soper
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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This is a very refreshing movie which does not happen too often.
Boris Zubry
John Cassevettes, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon, Raul Julia and "Introducing Molly Ringwold!"
Dedprez11
Great actors, great script, beautiful cinematography - Great movie!
Marten Sanden

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By P. Uhl on February 13, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I just purchased this video today after many years of recalling memorable scenes from it. To me it's about a man with a greek surname who abandons his meaningless life as an NYC Architect to explore himself, taking his trepidacious(?) daughter with him to a small Greek island.
The story has dual timelines which eventually meet at the present day. This was a new experience for me when first seeing this movie.
Some of the many memorable scenes are:
John Cassavetes looking up at the baloons falling during the New Years Day party and making the decision to get the hell out of there.
The Greek captain of the ship taking them to their island calling out the names of the dozens of Greek islands.
Raoul Julia dancing around with an octopus on his head.
Also Raoul admitting that he wants to sleep with Cassavetes daughter saying 'She wants the Bonnie Johnnie inside of her'. Cassavetes fights him and probably considers killing him but stops.
Cassavetes' wife happens to be floating near the island as an entouragee of a Greek tycoon ala Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis. Cassavetes conjures a storm with his reading glasses saying "Come on, show me the magic."
To me this is the pinnacle of Cassavetes journey to find himself, fancies himself a god, and makes the magic happen only to regret his actions but assist in rescuing the party.
This movie is definitely on my list of the best movies ever.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Marten Sanden on February 2, 2007
Format: DVD
Finally this Mazursky classic will be available on DVD! If you have seen it, you'll know why you should be excited. If you missed when it came out in the early eighties you should definitely give it a chance. A truly magical film, very loosely based on the Shakespeare play, with stellar performances by John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Molly Ringwald, Raul Julia and many others. Great actors, great script, beautiful cinematography - Great movie!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Patrick B. Marren on August 21, 2001
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
First, for those of you who asked in your reviews, the tango in the movie is "Tango del Fuego," written by Lieber & Stoller (who also wrote half of Elvis Presley's hit songs, oddly enough). The song at the end is Dinah Washington singing "Manhattan." This movie is haunting, a bit disjointed, perhaps, but it gets into your head. Cassavetes keeps it slightly off-track, but that's good. The scenery is fantastic. And Raul Julia is just beautiful in the role of a cave-dwelling goat-herding lecher in two-tone shoes. The Great Greek-American Mid-Life-Crisis Movie.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tim W. Garfield on October 27, 1999
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I love this movie. The contrast of the big urban sprawl and the small, serene greek island is just wonderful. Since the first time I saw this,(1982) I have wanted to make a similar escape. The acting is very realistic and the cinematography is inspirational. Freeze a few scenes and look at the framing! I wish it were on DVD though.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
Maybe it's just a sentimental attachment, but I've always loved this movie since I saw it over and over again, when my household first got cable TV. Great actors old (John Cassavettes and Gena Rowlands) and new (Molly Ringwald, Raul Julia, Susan Sarandon, all in early roles) abound in this modern retelling of Shakespeare's Tempest. Nominally a comedy, Tempest focuses on serious topics: infidelity, a young woman's coming of age, parent-child relationships, family conflict. Beautiful settings and realistic dialog. Happy endings in spite of the rocky conflicts each character goes through. Every time I watch it, I learn something new.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Boris Zubry on December 21, 2003
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This is a very refreshing movie which does not happen too often. When I watched it I had a feeling that every actor (and they all were great) was free tp act on his or her own and the director just gave the general directions. One could see every actor, every talent at its best. Little things, little touches made it work. Good movie, great production, excellent actors and the perfect music. It is very reccomended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hal Brodsky on July 1, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
In the early 80's I read a glowing review of this film in Rolling Stone Magazine. Since it promised Susan Sarandon (who I only new as Janet Weiss from Rocky Horror) in a bathing suit, it made the must see list. I saw it with a date in a Gainesville, Fla movie house that actually served beer by the pitcher. The second pitcher was empty just about the same time the goats began flying overhead in time to Liza Minelli's rendition of "New York, New York", and I realized I was watching something special.
Flash forward 20 odd years. I'm middle-aged myself, I've read Shakespear's The Tempest a half dozen times and have seen it on stage and in the theatre in numerous renditions, and Susan Sarandon, Molly Ringwold, and Raul Julia are now household names. The movie is out on DVD and I have watched it three times in the past three nights.
Even without the beer, I can honestly say this is a great, though overlooked movie. The acting is first rate. The production is wonderful. And the Script is VERY smart.
I think you need some familiarity with The Bard's version of The Tempest to really appreciate this movie. Sheakespeare wrote of and in a time of witches and faries and spirits. To make this movie work, the screenwriter (Mazurski) had to translate these creatures and characters into modern-day creations. The "Monster" Calaban, becomes Raul Julia's Calabano, a modern day "monster" who lusts after little girls, but settles for livestock. Prospero the Magician is transformed into a middle aged architect who in his crazziness believes he can control the weather and perhaps can. The King himself becomes the CEO of a Company and his court is transformed into an entourage of a lawyer, a doctor, and a stand-up comedian..
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