Tempest (1982)





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Movie Info

This comedy is loosely based on Shakespeare's play and centers on a middle-aged New York architect who abandons his wife and moves to a Greek island with his daughter and his lover. The father is happy until his wife and her lover end up marooned on the island with him.

Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Leon Capetanos, Paul Mazursky
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 27, 2007
Columbia Pictures


as Phillip Dimitrius

as Antonia Dimitrius

as Aretha Tomalin

as Kalibanos

as Miranda

as Freddy

as Phillip's Father

as Sebastian

as Harry Gondorf

as Greek Boat Captain

as Terry Bloomfield

as Betsy Bloomfield

as Gabrielle

as Mackenzie

as Piano Player

as New York Cafe Owner

as Athens Cafe Owner

as Stuntman

as Woody Allen Lookalik...

as Belly Dancer

as Steward

as Secretary

as Man with Pigeons

as Stuntman
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Critic Reviews for Tempest

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Tempest scores a few points in its treatment of the illusion of solving one's problems by running away from them.

Full Review… | February 4, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

June 19, 2005

June 1, 2005
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

February 7, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Tempest


A bourgeois, middle-aged New Yorker moves to a Greek island with his daughter to escape the pitfalls of a tepid marriage and the rat wheel of his work.
I think the moment that I began to hate Tempest was when Molly Ringwald and Susan Sarandon broke into a rendition of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" The song occurs in the middle of a serious argument in which both women are accusing Phillip of enslaving them -- a heavy accusation. While I am all for experimentation, it was director Paul Mazursky's unwillingness or inability to treat any of his characters or their situations with sobriety that finally turned me off of the film.
Tempest's relationship with Shakespeare's play is tenuous. Many of the names are similar, but Shakespeare's play is about old age and aging with grace. It was Shakespeare's last play, his swan song, his goodbye to life in the theater because after all, "we are such things as dreams are made on." It's true that Phillip is dealing with the fears of aging, but nothing profound comes out of his disavowal of modern life. The supporting characters are where the film really differs from the play. Kalibanos (nee Caliban) is a horny Greek (Latin?) who is still connected to modernity (unlike his play counterpart). I don't know if Aretha is supposed to be Ariel, but the sexual tension confuses this parallel.
Overall, this film isn't just a bad rendition of Shakespeare, it's just a bad film.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

When you make a movie have a point and thats what this movie was lacking. Paid three dollars for this at Big Lots and that was $2.99 to much. 1 star

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

A meandering tale of a family who go live out in the middle of nowhere to get away from it all. This movie has a good cast, but I just couldn't get into it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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