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The Prince of Tides (1991)

A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.

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Lila Wingo Newbury
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Herbert Woodruff
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Savannah Wingo
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Eddie Detreville
Jason Gould ...
Bernard Woodruff
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Henry Wingo
Maggie Collier ...
Lucy Wingo
Lindsay Wray ...
Jennifer Wingo
Brandlyn Whitaker ...
Chandler Wingo
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The Wingo family is from South Carolina, they growing up in a house on a tidal plain. The oldest offspring, Lucas, largely acted as the protector for his younger twins siblings, Tom and Savannah, in light of their dysfunctional growing up, with their shrimper father, Henry, distant and abusive if/when he did pay them any attention, and their mother, Lila, while not doting on them most concerned about appearances and striving for social standing. Now in middle age, Savannah is a New York based poet, Tom, still living on the South Carolina coast outside of Charleston with his wife Sally and their own three doting daughters, taking a break from his high school teaching/football coaching job, while Lucas has long since died while still standing up for himself and his beliefs. Lila, divorced and now remarried with that wealth and social standing she so long desired, receives news that Savannah is in the hospital following her most recent suicide attempt. Not wanting to face the blame ... Written by Huggo

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A story about the memories that haunt us, and the truth that sets us free.

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Rated R for a scene of sex-related violence and for strong language | See all certifications »

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25 December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El príncipe de las mareas  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$74,787,599 (USA)
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Trivia

To point out that Kate Nelligan is significantly younger than her on-screen children is illogical for this movie. Prince of Tides is set primarily in two different time periods, when Tom and Savannah are adolescents and then when they are adults. The scenes weave back and forth from past to present. When Kate Nelligan shares scenes with Nick Nolte, her hair and make-up have been done so as to have her appear much older than she is. In the flash back scenes, she does not share screen time with Nick nor Melinda, but the juvenile versions of Tom, Savannah, and Luke's characters. In these scenes, she is her young and beautiful self. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film, Tom is walking with Savannah along the water in New York. Despite having had cut her wrists recently, she is not wearing any bandages nor are any scars visible on her wrists. See more »

Quotes

Tom Wingo: You do have a sense of humor! I was beginning to think you had it surgically removed.
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Connections

Referenced in Whistler: The Burden of Truth (2006) See more »

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That's What I Like 'Bout The South
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Don't judge it by its cover
22 July 2001 | by (lincoln, ne) – See all my reviews

I avoided this movie because I did not care to see a romance involving Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte. When we finally rented the movie, it turned out to be so, so much more. An incredibly intense film. I was never of fan of Nolte, but what a tremendous performance! It moves me to tears every time I watch this film. I am amazed the IMD reviewers give it such a low rating.


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