The Prince of Tides (1991)



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Movie Info

Nick Nolte stars as Tom Wingo, a football coach grappling with his family's tragic history with the help of psychiatrist Susan Lowenstein (played by Barbra Streisand, who also directed) is this melodramatic adaptation of the Pat Conroy novel.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Pat Conroy, Becky Johnston, Jay Presson Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Dr. Susan Lowenstein

as Tom Wingo

as Woodruff

as Savannah

as Bernard

as Eddie Detreville

as Lucy Wingo

as Jennifer Wingo

as Chandler Wingo

as Chandler Wingo

as Tom Wingo (age 6)

as Tom Wingo (age 10)

as Tom Wingo (age 13)

as Savannah Wingo (age ...

as Savannah Wingo (age ...

as Savannah Wingo (age ...

as Luke Wingo (age 9)

as Luke Wingo (age 13)

as Luke Wingo (age 16)

as 1st Nurse

as 2nd Nurse

as Reese Newbury

as 2nd Rapist

as Megan Daniels

as Monique

as Spencer Richardson

as Madison Kingsley

as Man at Party

as Saxophonist

as Anna Richardson

as Christine Kingsley

as Ed Rosenberg

as Riva Rosenberg

as Fisherman

as Nurse #1
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Critic Reviews for The Prince of Tides

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (9)

The results may seem overripe and dated in spots, but she coaxes a fine performance out of Nolte, and the other actors (herself included) acquit themselves honorably.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A deeply moving exploration of the tangled emotions of a dysfunctional Southern family, this lovingly crafted (though unevenly scripted) film of Pat Conroy's novel centers on Nick Nolte's performance of a lifetime.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

They do make 'em like it any more.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Prince of Tides marks Ms. Streisand's triumphantly good job of locating that story's salient elements and making them come alive on the screen.

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

Streisand hyperbolizes everything, from James Newton Howard's whackingly obtrusive score to Nick Nolte's overripe narration.

Full Review… | May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A big-hearted performance by Nick Nolte puts The Prince of Tides over the top.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Prince of Tides

A sappy and overpraised movie that is all over the place trying to bite off so much more than it can chew, even discarding its heavy-handed family drama (which gets solved in the most pathetic way) to focus on this corny romance, and it did not deserve any of the Oscar nominations that it got.

Carlos Magalhăes

Super Reviewer

When a man's sister attempts suicide, he moves to New York and consults with her therapist with whom he begins an affair.
Nick Nolte is a remarkable actor who has given some impassioned and compelling performances throughout his career, but The Prince of Tides is an exception. The restraints that a more seasoned director would've given Nolte would've helped him because this is a performance in which Nolte plays willy-nilly without a clear plan for his character or a clear character arc. It's acting without story-telling. Babs is there to a spectator and can't match or restrain her costar.
What is more, the story is weak. The reveals about the Wingos' childhood traumas surprise no one, and while I can suspend my disbelief about a lot of things, it's difficult to imagine any self-respecting therapist relying so heavily on a family member to treat her patient.
Overall, Streisand can do a lot of things, but I don't think directing actors is one of them.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Very good movie. Another Barbra Streisand classic!

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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