The Tempest (1980)




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Drama , Special Interest , Gay & Lesbian
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Peter Bull
as Alonso
David Meyer
as Ferdinand
Neil Cunningham
as Sebastian
Toyah Willcox
as Miranda
Michael Hordern
as Prospero
Christopher Guard
as Ferdinand
Derek Godfrey
as Antonio
David Waller
as Alonso
Warren Clarke
as Caliban
Nigel Hawthorne
as Stephano
David Dixon
as Ariel
Andrew Sachs
as Trinculo
John Nettleton
as Gonzalo
Pippa Guard
as Miranda
Edwin Brown
as Master
Jack Birkett
as Caliban
Peter Turner
as Ttinculo
Kate Temple
as Miranda (child)
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Critic Reviews for The Tempest

All Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | May 12, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

June 20, 2004
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July 16, 2005

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December 31, 1999
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Tempest


Derek Jarman's The Tempest is a thrillingly bizarre adaptation of the Shakespeare play, opting for a minimalistic, insular production similar to his other work that works well given the fact that the story takes place entirely on an island. A father attempts to marry his daughter off in order to regain some of the social and monetary status he lost in recent years and in the process, he comes into contact with several strange characters who add some flair to what could've been a truly droll drama in the hands of the wrong director. As usual, Jarman's art decoration is impeccable, his signature dramatic lightening and cluttered rooms allowing for a more experimental and dream-like final product than what usually comes out of adaptations of Shakespeare's work. While it may not be one of his best films, but it's certainly one of his most fascinating.

Reece Leonard
Reece Leonard

And the fly returns. Prospero has been banished to an island to live with his virgin daughter. His brother, the king of Naples, was the one who banished him. One inauspicious day the King's son becomes stranded on the island and the slave of Prospero. In the process, the king's son and Prospero's daughter fall in love. As Prospero tries to decide what to do about the couple, Prospero's servants are plotting to over throw him. "This blue eyed hag was hither brought with child." Derek Jarman, director of The Last of England, Aria, Edward II, Glitterburg, Blue, Caravaggio, The Garden, War Requiem, and The Angelic Conversation, delivers The Tempest. The storyline for this picture had potential but was delivered a bit too eccentric for my taste. The acting was over the top and the cast includes Karl Johnson, Peter Bull, and Toya Willcox. "It's like is empty and all of the devils are here." I DVR'd this picture off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) based on its interesting plot. This was nothing like I thought it would be. The idea of a story about a man and his daughter fighting for survival on an island sounded like it had potential; well, this was pretty awful. I'd skip this picture and I have no idea how it landed on TCM. "Like a nymph from the sea." Grade: D+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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
Greg S

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