Tempest

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Based on Shakespeare's famed play, this modern update finds American architect Phillip Dimitrius (John Cassavetes) splitting from his wife, Antonia (Gena Rowlands), and relocating to a Greek island. Joining him is his new lover, Aretha Tomalin (Susan Sarandon), and his daughter, Miranda (Molly Ringwald), as well as the island's only other resident, the reclusive Kalibanos (Raul Julia). Eventually more people arrive, and they just happen to be Antonia and her new boyfriend, with his son in tow.

Cast & Crew

John Cassavetes
Phillip Dimitrius
Gena Rowlands
Antonia Dimitrius
Raul Julia
Kalibanos
Molly Ringwald
Miranda Dimitrius
Paul Stewart
Phillip's Father
Pato Guzman
Co-Producer
Stomu Yamashta
Original Music
Donald McAlpine
Cinematographer
Donn Cambern
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Critic Reviews for Tempest

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Audience Reviews for Tempest

  • May 12, 2013
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2012
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    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
  • Jul 04, 2007
    What a great flick! And one of the most unlikely of Shakespeare's works to get an update - but it worked. Glad it's finally out on DVD.
    Steve B Super Reviewer

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