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The Tempest (2010)

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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Cast

Credited cast:
Christopher Plummer ... Prospero
John Vickery ... Antonio
Geraint Wyn Davies ... Stephano
Amanda Lisman ... Iris
Dion Johnstone ... Caliban
Claire Lautier ... Ceres
Timothy Stickney Timothy Stickney ... Sebastian (as Timothy D. Stickney)
Wayne Best ... Boatswain
David Collins ... Francisco
James Blendick James Blendick ... Gonzalo
Trish Lindstrom ... Miranda
Bruce Dow ... Trinculo
Julyana Soelistyo Julyana Soelistyo ... Ariel
Gareth Potter Gareth Potter ... Ferdinand
Peter Hutt Peter Hutt ... Alonso
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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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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2012 (USA) See more »

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$73,126
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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The Canadian Screen Award nomination for this film was not determined by its theatrical premiere in Canada, which took place in 2010, but by its release on Canadian DVD, which took place in 2012 (as did its U.S. theatrical release). See more »

Quotes

Ariel: [sings] Where the bee sucks, there suck I:/ In a cowslip's bell I lie;/ There I couch when owls do cry./ On the bat's back I do fly/After summer merrily./ Merrily, merrily shall I live now/ Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
Prospero: Why, that's my dainty Ariel! I shall miss thee:/ But yet thou shalt have freedom:
[sadly]
Prospero: so, so, so.
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Connections

Version of Whatever Next?: Episode #1.6 (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Where The Bee Sucks
Music by Michael Roth
Lyrics by William Shakespeare
Sung by Julyana Soelistyo
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The Least-Well-Known Best Version
4 December 2017 | by sundialsandstopwatchesSee all my reviews

Helen Mirren's excellent version of The Tempest was released in 2010. That was unfortunate. It eclipsed this more beautiful production of The Tempest, by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, with Christopher Plummer as Prospero.

Mirren's version of The Tempest is a pure movie, with lots of whirling landscapes, maybe too much landscape. Christopher Plummer's version combines two live, stage performances in diorama before audiences the size of landscapes.

Shakespeare's last play has been distorted and bungled with literary and social theories for decades. Postcolonial theorists have tried to portray The Tempest as a meditation on colonial exploitation. That's nonsense and most scholars now agree with me. If you want to make a play to fit into your pet theory, you can do it. It just won't be the play any longer.

"How about this?" the director and producer may have asked. "We put all that literary theory in a sack by the dumpster out back and just film a truly great version of The Tempest."

So they made this 2010 version of The Tempest, the best of countless performances I've seen, certainly better than the excellent BBC version or others available online.

It's the best version now available, in my opinion, because the acting, stagecraft, set design, direction, and intentions are the best.

A hilarious, kind, beautiful, masterpiece that will bring tears to your eyes. Plummer is funny, warm, clever, eloquent, and witty. Trish Lindström, as Miranda, is strong willed and loving, perfectly cast. Ariel as portrayed by Julyana Soelistyo is the best of all Ariels, strange but not off-putting or weird. Caliban is true to Shakespeare's description, not a "symbol of oppression," but as the half-fish son of the cruel witch exiled from Algiers, Sycorax. This perfect-timing Trinculo is a rib-tickling, laugh-out-loud, guilelessly drunken, bewitched wanderer.

In this production, all the characters are more vulnerable than angry. That fits a play concerned with renouncing power and embracing love and forgiveness.

This Tempest is a laugh riot that will also make you cry with joy. It's a piece of wisdom-teaching that will bathe you in beautiful words, colors, and sounds. At the end you'll probably be clapping with rest of the gigantic audience. Maybe shed a tear or two in joy.


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