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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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Trivia

When Nick Nolte arrives at his sister's apartment in New York, he's in a yellow cab with medallion number of 6X24. Some days later he escorts Streisand's real-life son, who also plays her son in the movie, to Grand Central Station in the same cab. Finally when Streisand and Nolte leave the disastrous dinner party, 6X24 by chance happens to be waiting for them again. As there are more than 10,000 cabs in New York, what are the odds on that. See more »

Goofs

When Tom is smoking and waiting for Dr. Lowenstein (after talking to his wife) a blond guy walks behind him, and after a change of camera the guy appears again. See more »

Quotes

Susan Lowenstein: How did you deal with his death?
Tom Wingo: I shut down like a broken motor.
Susan Lowenstein: Huh. And according to the Southern way, still no tears.
Tom Wingo: [laughing] Oh, I cry sometimes, Lowenstein. I cry at weddings, at the Olympics. I'm real big at the national anthem.
Susan Lowenstein: But not over Luke?
Tom Wingo: What the hell for? It wouldn't bring him back.
Susan Lowenstein: No. But it might bring you back.
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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 Popular: Hard on the Outside, Soft in the Middle (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Honey Don't
Written and Performed by Carl Perkins
Courtesy of Sun Entertainment/Rhino Records
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Every time I see it, I feel better
17 April 2004 | by natachantambweSee all my reviews

I really loved this movie, I'm not especially a Barbra Streisand fan, but I loved that one. I've read some really negative comments, and I was sorry, but everyone has a right to express himself. I found Nick Nolte really good, completely different from the 48 Hours series, and right for the part of a troubled guy. I must admit that I'm particularly drawn to big bears who love their children, hide their feelings and eventually get out from the ivory tower they were caught into. Nick Nolte is just that. I intent to read the book right away, I didn't know there was one. I've seen it many, many times, and each time I watch it, I find something new that makes me like it all the more. And no matter what people think, I think that Barbra gave a really good performance. I admit that her part "resembled" her part in The Mirror Has Two Faces, but it didn't trouble me more than that. I'm not a professional, but I think it was well directed, and the soundtrack is just great.


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