The Prince of Tides (1991)


1-prince-of-tides-poster“[narrating] There are families who live out their entire lives without a single thing of interest happening to them. I’ve always envied those families. ” – Tom Wingo

Number of Times Seen – At least 4 times (4 Jan 1992, video, 29 Feb 2012 and 20 Dec 2016)

Brief Synopsis – In order to try and understand his twin sister’s attempted suicide, a Southern man must travel to New York and meet with her psychiatrist.

My Take on it – This is a film that I loved the first time I saw it and upon high recommendations from friends, I devoured the book over the following few days.

Subsequently, after reading the book, I could no longer enjoy the film because it’s impact paled in comparison to what Pat Conroy conveyed in words.

It’s now been nearly 25 years and the euphoria of the words written in the book have somewhat dissipated which actually allowed me to once again watch and enjoy this film (albeit, not as much as that very first time.)

Nick Nolte is superb here and this is perhaps his best role ever.

Unfortunately the director Barbra Streisand miscast the leading lady and gave the role to herself; she could have done so much better, but I guess ego can sometimes get in the way.

Nolte and Streisand’s chemistry was lacking here and these roles really need actors with strong chemistry working together.

This story does an amazing job of delving into ones past in order to find and uncover deep dark secrets that can have such a positive influence on one’s life.

Rewatching this film has reignited a spark within me and I now am quite interested in rereading the book; it is now been bumped up on my reading list and I plan to read it after I finish with the novel I’m current reading.

Hopefully, the experience won’t ruin this movie for me again and perhaps it will enhance my opinion of it by it’s lessons.

Bottom Line – Better than I recalled. Nolte is superb here in one of his best roles. Streisand feels extremely miscast in this role and the director (her) should have chosen much better. Loved the way this film delves into the past and how it slowly reveals deep dark hidden secrets.  The book is so much better (as I recall) and I can’t wait to read ot again to once again fall in love with Conroy’s writing. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When NBC broadcast the movie in 1995, Barbra Streisand called the network mid-movie to request they lower the volume on the commercials, which were loud compared to the relatively quiet movie. The weekend operations manager obliged, reducing them 2 decibels. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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