The Prince of Tides
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As anyone who has read the book can attest, the characters of Tom and Lila Wingo would seem to be extremely challenging (if not almost unplayable) roles, both of which are brimming with contradictions and hidden emotions. However, Nick Nolte and Kate Neligan find the perfect balance in their portrayals, which earned them both well-dissevered Oscar nominations. Blythe Danner, Jason Gould, and Melinda Dillion all also turn in memorable performances, even though Dillion's Savannah (a lead character in the novel) has precious little screentime due to the film's structure. Barbra also gives an affecting portrayal, however, the director's chair is where she really shines this time. With it's moving storyline, compelling characters, and breathtakingly beautiful cinematography, THE PRINCE OF TIDES is film that will continue enchant audiences for years to come.Read more ›
This is a wonderful film, one that dances back and forth in time, that does an unusually good job at translating a complex and convoluted story to the screen quite magically, and one that is not only plausible but also breath-taking in its import and seriousness. One comes away recognizing the growth in Nolte's character and applauding the way the whole story fits together and is so believable. I save this one for rainy Friday nights, when I want to escape from the humdrum of a workweek gone bad. I can highly recommend it, and know you will come to love it, too. Enjoy!
Conroy must have realised limitations of a film in comparison with the book. "The Prince of Tides" book is rather thick and to make a two-hour movie out of it is difficult. The film "Cider House Rules" was also criticised of being too thin in comparison with the book -- and, in fact, the author John Irving himself wrote the script.
Romantic side is highlighted over a complex, dark family story, with Streisand enjoying the starring female role to the full. She does so alongside the great performance by Nick Nolte, who plays Tom Wingo, a teacher from American South hiding much of his painful past until he gets familiar with New York psychiatrist Susan Lowenstein (Streisand).
The film love story between Wingo and Lowenstein is one of the most memorable of the past decades, yet the picture also encompasses deep social undertones -- suicide, hypocrisy, lack of family understanding. There is a couple of memorable scenes; the most special one comes when Wingo finally lets the demons of the past out -- this is acting at its best on both Nolte's and Streisand's part. Although some other films also attempted something similar (e.g. "Good Will Hunting", with Matt Damon and Robin Williams), it never was so powerful as here. The ending is bittersweet, not typically romantic but ultimately inevitable and logical for the story.
Beautiful cinematography and great musical score to a large extent made this film to achieve five stars in my book. I know I will keep on returning to "The Prince of Tides" video.
What is mainly, and I feel, sadly, missing are Tom's (the main character)flashbacks of his childhood. Whereas in the book we are shown so many beautiful, terrible, and awe-inspiring scenes of this man's past, those scenes are reduced to a mere handful in the film. These flashbacks are so very important to the story that without them, there's something and obviously missing. The viewer who hasn't read the book won't really know what they're missing, but they should feel it. We never really get to know Luke, the strong and wild older brother, beyond two or three scenes of violence. A beautiful and painful scene from the book, where Luke and Tom go to New York to see their sister Savannah, is sorely missing here. It shows us that Luke is truly gentle and caring, not really meant for or understanding the cruelty of the world. We also miss an integral scene about a Jewish neighbor that explains why Savannah pretends to be Jewish, and shows her kindness and empathy. His death, a major plot element in the novel, is barely touched upon in the film.Read more ›
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A classic love story. Very well written as a book and wonderfully crafted as a movie.Published 6 days ago by susan jayaprasanna
i had to watch this to remember why i don't like Barbra. if you live in big city northeast and hate the south, this is the movie for you.Published 8 days ago by Gary A Shepherd
Read this decades ago when it first came out, then saw the homage to herself that Streisand directed. Found it in a buy-one-get-two-free bin at my local library. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you have wounds that still need healing from your childhood, this one won't let you down. VERY well written; well directed with great acting!Published 23 days ago by Ennui
Rereading this wonderful book, ran out of time for my book group, so watched the movie. Good, but not as good as the book.Published 24 days ago by Lakeside2006
Enjoyed this picture very much. Streisand and Nolte were wonderful together! Great chemistry! Remember Barbra does not sing in this one!Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorite all time movies. Not as good as the book but still impressive.
Southern Gothic at its finest.
Outstanding performance by Nick Nolte. He should have won an Oscar. More deserving than any thing done in Silence of the Lambs. Great job by Streisand as well.Published 1 month ago by Gordon W.