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The Tempest (2010)

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Shakespeare's epic play is translated from page to screen, with the gender of the main character, Prospero, changed from male to female.

Director:

Julie Taymor

Writers:

Julie Taymor (screenplay), William Shakespeare (play)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Felicity Jones ... Miranda
Jude Akuwudike ... Boatswain
Reeve Carney ... Prince Ferdinand
David Strathairn ... King Alonso
Tom Conti ... Gonzalo
Alan Cumming ... Sebastian
Chris Cooper ... Antonio
Helen Mirren ... Prospera
Ben Whishaw ... Ariel
Djimon Hounsou ... Caliban
Russell Brand ... Trinculo
Alfred Molina ... Stephano
David Scott Klein David Scott Klein ... Prospera's Husband
Bryan Webster ... Guard
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Storyline

In Writer, Producer, and Director Julie Taymor's version of "The Tempest", the main character is now a woman named Prospera (Dame Helen Mirren). Going back to the sixteenth or seventeenth century, women practicing the magical arts of alchemy were often convicted of witchcraft. In Taymor's version, Prospera is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year daughter on a ship. She ends up on an island; it's a tabula rasa: no society, so the mother figure becomes a father figure to Miranda (Felicity Jones). This leads to the power struggle and balance between Caliban (Djimon Hounsou) and Prospera; a struggle not about brawn, but about intellect.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some nudity, suggestive content and scary images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2011 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tempestade See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,436, 12 December 2010

Gross USA:

$277,943

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$346,594
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sir John Gielgud previously played the role of Prospero in Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books (1991). That makes this the first of two movies in which Dame Helen Mirren succeeded Gielgud. She appeared in Gielgud's role in the remake Arthur (2011), which coincidentally also starred Russell Brand. See more »

Goofs

The metal-thread piping on the outfits of Antonio and several others are actually zippers. This is clear in the close-ups for the spell circle scene where a zipper on his sleeve is open and the slider is visible as Prospera talks to him. The zipper sliders on the top of the outfit that Prospera wears after this scene are still attached (they look like points, or ends of laces). See more »

Quotes

Prospera: I will plague them all, even to roaring!
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Soundtracks

Darkened Sands
Performed by Ben Whishaw
Music by Elliot Goldenthal
Lyrics by William Shakespeare
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reinvention not altogether successful
12 July 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Prospera duchess of Milan (Helen Mirren) was cast off with her toddler daughter Miranda by her brother Antonio (Chris Cooper). Antonio subverted her rightful rule after the death of their father. On the island, she enslaves the beast Caliban (Djimon Hounsou) taking control. Twelve years later, Miranda (Felicity Jones) is all grown up. King Alonso (David Strathairn) is sailing back after his daughter and her new husband's wedding with his son Ferdinand (Reeve Carney) and Antonio. Prospera takes revenge by unleashing a tempest to wreck their ship and stranding them on her island.

Julie Taymor does Shakespeare by replacing the main male character with a woman. That's basically the bulk of what I took away from it. Shakespearian scholars will have lots more to debate. For the rest of us, this is an acting and writing exercise. Helen Mirren is one of the best actresses around. It feels different to have a woman as Prospera but not necessarily inferior. It feels less intense but maybe almost as compelling. The special effects are not the most well made. At times, it looks like a good TV movie. Julie Taymor doesn't have the best CGI talents. The sparse Hawaiian location is more compelling. More than the usual Greek islands, these locations project power and isolation. The other actors try their best but the men don't excel. Djimon Hounsou gives a reasonably beastly performance. Felicity Jones is overshadowed by Helen Mirren. Other than the locations, I don't have anything outstanding to stake my review on.


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