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The Prince of Tides
The Prince of Tides
is a 1991 American romantic drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Pat Conroy; the film stars Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte. It tells the story of the narrator's struggle to overcome the psychological damage inflicted by his dysfunctional childhood in South Carolina. Streisand directed and produced the film in addition to starring in it. Conroy and Becky Johnston adapted the screenplay.[2] The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards
Academy Awards
including Best Picture, but lost the award to The Silence of the Lambs.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Reception

3.1 Critical reception 3.2 Box office 3.3 Awards

4 Differences from novel 5 Soundtrack 6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] Tom Wingo, a teacher and football coach from South Carolina, is asked by his mother, Lila, to travel to New York City to help his twin sister's psychiatrist, Susan Lowenstein, after his sister Savannah's latest suicide attempt. Tom hates New York but reluctantly accepts, largely to take the opportunity to be alone and away from a life that does not satisfy him. During his initial meetings with Lowenstein, Tom is reluctant to disclose many details of their dysfunctional family's secrets. In flashbacks, Tom relates incidents from his childhood to Lowenstein in hopes of discovering how to save Savannah's life. The Wingo parents were an abusive father and an overly proud, status-hungry mother. The father was a shrimp boat operator and, despite being successful at that profession, spent all of his money on frivolous business pursuits, leaving the family in poverty. Tom is also torn with his own problems but hides behind what he calls "the Southern way"; i.e., laughing about everything. For example, his wife Sallie is having an affair, and her lover wants to marry her. Tom and Lowenstein begin having feelings for each other. After Tom discovers that she is married to Herbert Woodruff, a famous concert violinist, Lowenstein introduces Tom to her son Bernard, who is being groomed to become a musician as well but who secretly wants to play football. Tom starts coaching Bernard along with attending sessions with Lowenstein to help his sister. Tom discovers that Savannah has been in such a dissociated state that she even had a different identity, Renata Halpern. As Halpern, she wrote books to disguise the Savannah side of her troubled life. Tom confronts Lowenstein over not revealing this information before, and they argue, during which she throws a dictionary at him. To apologize, she asks him to dinner, and their relationship becomes closer. Tom has a fateful meeting with his mother and stepfather, bringing up painful memories. Tom reveals that, when he was 13 years old, three escaped convicts invaded his home and raped him, his mother, and his sister. His older brother, Luke, killed two of the aggressors with a shotgun, while his mother stabbed the third with a kitchen knife. They buried the bodies beneath the house and never spoke of it again. Tom suffers a mental breakdown, having now let loose a key piece of Savannah's troubled life. After a session of football, Herbert orders Bernard to return to his music lessons and to prepare to leave for Tanglewood, a prestigious music academy. Tom is invited to a dinner at Lowenstein's home, along with poets and intellectuals. Herbert is overtly rude and reveals that Tom's sister is in therapy with his wife. Infuriated, Lowenstein voices her suspicions about her husband's affairs. Tom takes Herbert's "million dollar" violin and threatens to throw it off the high-rise balcony unless Herbert apologizes. Tom throws the violin in the air, Herbert nervously apologizes, and Tom catches the violin before it falls. Tom spends a romantic weekend with Lowenstein at her country house. Savannah recovers and is released from the hospital. This recovery is due to finally learning about things she has repressed from her childhood, most notably the rapes. Her first suicide attempt at age 13 was after the rapes and murders of the three convicts. Tom then receives a call from his wife who has finally decided she wants him back. He loves Lowenstein and his wife both, but "has loved his wife longer, not more", he tells Lowenstein. He returns home, not being a man to abandon his wife and three daughters, wishing that two lives could be given to each man and woman. He's happy in his renewed life, after finally working out the traumatic events in his past, thanks to Lowenstein, but thinks of her daily as he reaches the top of the bridge on his drive home from work. Her name comes to him as a kind of prayer, a blessing. Cast[edit]

Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte
as Tom Wingo Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
as Dr. Susan Lowenstein Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner
as Sally Wingo Kate Nelligan as Lila Wingo Newbury Melinda Dillon
Melinda Dillon
as Savannah Wingo Jeroen Krabbé
Jeroen Krabbé
as Herbert Woodruff, Lowenstein's husband George Carlin
George Carlin
as Eddie Detreville, Savannah's homosexual neighbor Jason Gould
Jason Gould
as Bernard Woodruff, Lowenstein's son (and Streisand's real life son with Elliott Gould) Brad Sullivan as Henry Wingo

Reception[edit] Critical reception[edit] Pat Conroy, author of the novel The Prince of Tides, gave Streisand a copy of his novel with the inscription: "To Barbra Streisand: The Queen of Tides...you are many things, Barbra, but you're also a great teacher...one of the greatest to come into my life. I honor the great teachers and they live in my work and they dance invisibly in the margins of my prose. You've honored me by taking care of it with such great seriousness and love. Great thanks, and I'll never forget that you gave 'The Prince of Tides' back to me as a gift. Pat Conroy."[3] Roger Ebert gave the film three and 1/2 stars of four stars, praising Streisand's directing "By directing one good film, you prove that you had a movie inside of you. By directing two, you prove you are a real director", "an assured and very serious love story that allows neither humor nor romance to get in the way of its deeper and darker subject.", "Streisand shows herself as a director who likes emotional stories - but doesn't simplify them, and pays attention to the human quirks and strangeness of her characters".[4] Variety wrote: "A deeply moving exploration of the tangled emotions of a dysfunctional Southern family, this lovingly crafted (though unevenly scripted) film of Pat Conroy’s novel centers on Nick Nolte’s performance of a lifetime. Bringing her usual strengths of character to her role as Nolte’s psychiatrist/lover, Barbra Streisand marks every frame with the intensity and care of a filmmaker committed to heartfelt, unashamed emotional involvement with her characters".[5] Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader wrote: "The results may seem overripe and dated in spots, but (Streisand) coaxes a fine performance out of Nolte, and the other actors (herself included) acquit themselves honorably".[6] Box office[edit] The Prince of Tides
The Prince of Tides
was a critical and box office success, opening at number four with a grossing of $10,035,412 behind Hook, Beauty and the Beast, and Father of the Bride, and remained in the top 10 for seven weeks.[7] Eventually the final gross was $74,787,599.[8] $36,100,000 in rentals accumulated, and gave the film a final gross of $110 million. It's among the top 20 highest-grossing films of the year at the box office. Awards[edit] Although the film, its cast, and its crew received many nominations for Academy Awards, Best Director was not among these, while Best Picture was. At the following year's Oscar ceremonies, host Billy Crystal sang, to the tune of "Don't Rain on My Parade," "did this film direct itself? "[9] The following year, when A Few Good Men
A Few Good Men
joined Prince of Tides and the previous year's Awakenings in being nominated for the latter award, but not the former, Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
president Mark Canton issued a statement, "This is unfortunately the third year in a row that Columbia has had a film nominated for Best Picture that seemingly directed itself."[10]


Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama - Nick Nolte Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor - Nick Nolte Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor - Nick Nolte


Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Picture[11] Academy Award for Best Actor
Academy Award for Best Actor
- Nick Nolte[12] Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
- Kate Nelligan Academy Award
Academy Award
for Writing Adapted Screenplay - Becky Johnston and Pat Conroy Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Art Direction – Set Decoration - Paul Sylbert and Caryl Heller Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Academy Award for Best Cinematography
- Stephen Goldblatt Academy Award
Academy Award
for Original Music Score - James Newton Howard Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Barbra Streisand Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama Directors Guild of America
Directors Guild of America
Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures - Barbra Streisand WGA Award for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium - Becky Johnston and Pat Conroy American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases - Stephen Goldblatt

Differences from novel[edit] While the film was a box office hit and raised Streisand's reputation as a director, its numerous changes from the original novel upset some Conroy purists.[13] Conroy and Johnston eliminated most of the novel's flashback scenes. They describe Tom Wingo's relationship with his siblings in great detail. In the novel, these flashbacks form the main plot and take up more of the novel than the romance between Streisand's character, Dr. Lowenstein, and Tom Wingo. The removal of the flashbacks makes the relationship between Wingo and Lowenstein the central story in the film, whereas in the novel, it is not.[14][15] Another character in the novel - the second Wingo brother, Luke, who appears only in flashbacks onscreen - is vitally important to the novel, and his death is a major plot point. In fact, the title of the book derives from a poem written by Savannah about Luke and his struggle against the government after the seizure of Colleton. In the film, "The Prince of Tides" is the title of a book of poetry written by Savannah and dedicated to Tom. Luke only appears intermittently, and only as a child, and his death is only vaguely described. Soundtrack[edit] Streisand initially hired English composer John Barry to write a score for the film, but Barry eventually left due to creative differences. In a 7 March 1996 Cinemusic conference interview, Barry explained his exodus from the film, stating, "I was asked by Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
to do The Prince of Tides
The Prince of Tides
– I live in New York, she lives in Los Angeles – and I went and met with her, and she showed me some footage, and she said, 'Why aren't you moving to Los Angeles?' and I said, 'Absolutely not.' And she said, 'Well, I like to know what's going on' – Barbra's an extreme case, by the way – and I said, 'Even if I did move to Los Angeles, I have no desire to meet with you once I know what I'm going to do. I can't work with someone over my shoulder, absolutely no way.'"[16] Barry later retitled his theme for The Prince of Tides "Moviola" and it was released on his 1992 movie theme album of the same name.[17] The theme also appeared in Barry's 1995 score for the 3D IMAX
film Across the Sea of Time, retitled "Flight Over New York". The final film score was composed by James Newton Howard
James Newton Howard
and released 12 November 1991.[17] It was well received by critics[18] and garnered Howard his first Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination for Best Original Score, though it lost to Alan Menken's music for Beauty and the Beast. The soundtrack contains two songs by Streisand, although they did not appear in the film (one of those songs, "Places That Belong To You", was at one point intended for the film's end credits, but replaced with new music by Howard in the released version). The film also includes songs and music that do not appear on any soundtracks.

Main Title Teddy Bears To New York The Bloodstain The Fishmarket The New York Willies The Village Walk Lila's Theme Home Movies Daddy's Home The Hallway (Love Theme) They Love You Dad So Cruel Savannah Awakes Love Montage Tom Comes Home The Outdoors Tom's Breakdown The Street For All We Know (Instrumental) The Reunion End Credits For All We Know (Vocal by Barbra Streisand) Places That Belong to You (Vocal by Barbra Streisand)

Music that appeared in the film

"Fui Tu Caceria" - from the opera Arabella
by Richard Strauss "Keep on Movin'" - Performed by Soul II Soul "Monkey" - Performed by George Michael "The Very Thought of You" - Performed by Red Garland "Happy Birthday to You" - Written by Mildred J. Hill & Patty S. Hill "Honey Don't" - Performed by Carl Perkins "That's What I Like 'Bout the South" - Written by Andy Razaf "For All We Know" - Written by Sam Lewis & J. Fred Coots (as J. Alfred Coots) "(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land" aka "Dixie" - Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett "Praeludium and Allegro" by Fritz Kreisler


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The Prince of Tides
Reviews". Chicago Reader. Retrieved May 27, 2012.  ^ Fox, David J. (1991-12-30). "Movies: 'Hook' leads with an estimated $23 million for the five-day Christmas period. 'Father of the Bride' and 'Prince of Tides' pull in about $15 million each". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-22.  ^ " The Prince of Tides
The Prince of Tides
(1991) - Weekend Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo".  ^ Hal Lipper. "Oscars make moves beyond mainstream," St. Petersburg Times, April 1, 1992. ^ Wire reports. "Film notes," Fort Worth Star-Telegram, February 20, 1993, page 2D ^ Fox, David J. (1992-02-20). " Academy Awards
Academy Awards
Nominations'Bugsy' and 'The Beast'Nominations for Best Picture . . .Beatty Film Up for 10 Oscars; 'Beauty' Scores a FirstNominees: Disney film becomes the first animated feature tapped for best picture. 'Boyz N the Hood's' John Singleton enters the record books twice, and a mother-daughter duo is nominated". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-12.  ^ Weinraub, Bernard (1992-02-20). "Bugsy a Big Winner In Oscar Nominations Rife With Surprise". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-12.  ^ Fox, David J. (1992-02-20). "RACADEMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS : Analysts See Merging of Art, Box-Office Appeal". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-12.  ^ Maslin, Janet (1991-12-25). "Review/Film; 'Prince of Tides' Sidesteps Book's Pitfalls". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-26.  ^ "Prince Of Tides' Deserves Flow Of Oscar Nominations". Morning Call. Retrieved 2010-11-12.  ^ Hoshowsky, Robert. "John Barry; The Gstaad Memorandum". Industry Central, 7 March 1996. Retrieved 20 November 2011. ^ a b "The Prince of Tides: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1991)". Barbara-Archives.com. Retrieved 20 November 2011. ^ Clemmensen, Christian (6 February 2012). "The Prince of Tides: (James Newton Howard)". Filmtracks.com. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 

External links[edit]

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on IMDb The Prince of Tides
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at the TCM Movie Database The Prince of Tides
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at AllMovie The Prince of Tides
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at Box Office Mojo The Prince of Tides
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at Metacritic Barbra Archives Prince of Tides page with cut scenes, and laser disc details

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Barbra Streisand

Studio albums

The Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Album (1963) The Second Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Album (1963) The Third Album (1964) People (1964) My Name Is Barbra
My Name Is Barbra
(1965) My Name Is Barbra, Two...
My Name Is Barbra, Two...
(1965) Color Me Barbra
Color Me Barbra
(1966) Je m'appelle Barbra
Je m'appelle Barbra
(1966) Simply Streisand
Simply Streisand
(1967) A Christmas Album (1967) What About Today? (1969) Stoney End (1971) Barbra Joan Streisand (1971) Barbra Streisand...and Other Musical Instruments
Barbra Streisand...and Other Musical Instruments
(1973) The Way We Were
The Way We Were
(1974) ButterFly (1974) Lazy Afternoon (1975) Classical Barbra
Classical Barbra
(1976) Superman (1977) Songbird (1978) Wet (1979) Guilty (1980) Emotion (1984) The Broadway Album
The Broadway Album
(1985) Till I Loved You (1988) Back to Broadway
Back to Broadway
(1993) Higher Ground (1997) A Love Like Ours
A Love Like Ours
(1999) Christmas Memories
Christmas Memories
(2001) The Movie Album (2003) Guilty Pleasures (2005) Love Is the Answer (2009) What Matters Most
What Matters Most
(2011) Partners (2014) Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway (2016)

Live albums

A Happening in Central Park
A Happening in Central Park
(1968) Live Concert at the Forum
Live Concert at the Forum
(1972) One Voice (1987) Barbra: The Concert (1994) Timeless: Live in Concert (2000) Live in Concert 2006
Live in Concert 2006
(2007) Back to Brooklyn (2013) The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic!
The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic!


Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits
Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits
(1970) Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits
Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits
Volume 2 (1978) Memories (1981) A Collection: Greatest Hits...and More (1989) Just for the Record... (1991) The Essential Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(2002) Duets (2002) Barbra: The Ultimate Collection (2010) Release Me (2012) The Classic Christmas Album (2013)

Cast recordings and soundtracks

I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1962) Funny Girl (1964) Funny Girl (1968) Hello, Dolly! (1969) The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) The Way We Were
The Way We Were
(1974) Funny Lady (1975) A Star Is Born (1976) Yentl (1983) Nuts (1987)


Timeless: Live in Concert (2001) One Night Only: Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
and Quartet at The Village Vanguard (2010)


Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
in Concert Timeless Streisand Barbra Live Barbra: The Music, The Mem'ries, The Magic

Films directed

Yentl (1983) The Prince of Tides
The Prince of Tides
(1991) The Mirror Has Two Faces
The Mirror Has Two Faces

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