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The Tempest (1980)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 27 February 1980
Exiled Prospero lives on a desolate island with his daughter, Miranda. When Prospero's usurping brother sails by the island, Prospero conjures a storm that wrecks the ship and changes all of their lives.

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John Gorrie

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Hordern ... Prospero
Derek Godfrey Derek Godfrey ... Antonio
David Waller David Waller ... Alonso
Warren Clarke ... Caliban
Nigel Hawthorne ... Stephano
David Dixon David Dixon ... Ariel
Andrew Sachs ... Trinculo
John Nettleton ... Gonzalo
Alan Rowe Alan Rowe ... Sebastian
Pippa Guard ... Miranda
Christopher Guard Christopher Guard ... Ferdinand
Kenneth Gilbert Kenneth Gilbert ... Boatswain
Edwin Brown ... Master
Paul Greenhalgh ... Francisco
Christopher Bramwell Christopher Bramwell ... Adrian
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Exiled Prospero lives on a desolate island with his daughter, Miranda. When Prospero's usurping brother sails by the island, Prospero conjures a storm that wrecks the ship and changes all of their lives.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: The Tempest See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Part of the long running BBC Television Shakespeare project which ran between 1978 and 1985. See more »

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Version of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: The Tempest (1956) See more »

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Impressive performances despite weak design choices
30 January 2002 | by gross-6See all my reviews

The production values are weak, the handling of the spirits is laughable, the wedding masque is tedious, and Ferdinand's hairstyle seems, to our current sense of fashion, ludicrous. BUT this television of Shakespeare's play is to be prized for some excellent performances, most notably Michael Hordern's restrained, intelligent, compassionate and emotionally profound performance as Prospero. Listen to him handle the difficult exposition in Act I, watch how he gives his approval to his daughter's marriage, how he releases Ariel, and the wonderful transition he makes into the final epilogue. There are some fine performances here--you just have to look past some unfortunate design and directorial choices.


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