Nostalgia Nonsense #9 – Prince of Tides (1991)


prince of tidesBack in ’91-92 when I was a senior in high school, my close group of friends and I would always go to a late Saturday Night movie every weekend.

We usually would try to see something that would be appealing to both genders and on the recommendation of a few of them, we decided one Saturday night in the beginning of 1992 to see The Prince of Tides because it was a much loved book written by Pat Conroy that a few of them adored,

I personally had never read the book or for that matter even heard of it, but figured that I’d give it a shot.

Out of the 8 or 9 of us who went to see it, I was the only one who absolutely loved it.

Of the others, the ones who never read the book just didn’t appreciate the genre and of the ones who had read the book, they were so appalled by the way it was adapted that they had no respect for the end product.

I was so engrossed by the story and the characters that the following morning I began to read the book because as logic would have it: if I loved the movie and everyone said that the book was better, then obviously I should read it too.

I got totally sucked into the book and couldn’t put it down and read it within a few days wherever I was.  (I even remember going to sign up for some courses in the local community college to earn early credits and stating in line with my eyes glued to the book)

After having read the book, I completely understood why my friends were disappointed with the movie, but I still had trouble with it being thought of as being terrible.

A few months later, I joined a video club and this was one of my first selections.

When I got the video in the mail, I immediately popped it in to see what I would think having now read the book.

I actually couldn’t believe how much was missing from the book and I no longer liked the movie at all.

This was one of my very first experiences with a movie adaptation that was so much less enjoyable than the book itself.

My memory of this movie has been ruined because of this experience and I have have been unable to bring myself to rewatch this movie ever since.

I am still amazed that it was nominated for 7 Oscars and that Nick Nolte managed to beat Anthony Hopkins’ performance in Silence of the Lambs (1991) for Best Actor at the Globes.

There was much controversy at the time when director Barbara Streisand wasn’t nominated for Best Director at the Oscars.

I understand that it had to do with gender equality, but I personally just don’t think she did a good enough job with this one.

3 thoughts on “Nostalgia Nonsense #9 – Prince of Tides (1991)

  1. Nice story. I did not read the book, but I would like to now. I don’t have much a problem with adaptations. I truly consider them separate texts, separate art forms. I liked the movie, for the most part. Nolte’s performance was outstanding. While Silence of the Lambs is by far the better movie, I don’t have a problem with Nolte winning and Hopkins losing.

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