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The Tempest (1980)

The Tempest (1980)

The Tempest




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Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Derek Jarman, William Shakespeare
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 6, 2000
World Northal


Peter Bull
as Alonso
David Meyer
as Ferdinand
Neil Cunningham
as Sebastian
Andrew Sachs
as Trinculo
Pippa Guard
as Miranda
Jack Birkett
as Caliban
Peter Turner
as Ttinculo
Kate Temple
as Miranda (child)
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Critic Reviews for The Tempest

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | September 8, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A most bizarre version of Shakespeare--one that's not for all tastes.

Full Review… | May 13, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A devious and fascinating treatment of the play, especially good for Shakespeare scholars and Jarman fans.

June 20, 2004
Nick's Flick Picks

July 16, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Tempest


An avant-garde adaptation of Shakespeare's fantasy "The Tempest," set almost entirely inside an abandoned English manor. A fascinating production that manages to be true to the Bard's text while adding a number of baroque surprises: Gothic horror atmosphere, bizarre costumes, lots of nudity, hallucination scenes, and even a musical number with a jazz chanteuse singing "Stormy Weather" while a chorus of sailors do a Busby Berkeley dance number.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"The Tempest" is an atmospheric, if surprisingly, austere version of the William Shakespeare play, directed by Derek Jarman. In it, Prospero(Heathcote Williams), a magician, lives in exile in an ever worsening state of decay with his grown daughter, Miranda(Toyah Willcox). At his disposal is a slave, Caliban(Jack Birkett), and a spirit, Ariel(Karl Johnson). Prospero no longer thinks about returning to his native Milan and simply wants to keep the world at bay, specifically from his daughter. But there are some unwelcome visitors on the horizon...[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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