The Prince of Tides


2h 12m 1991
The Prince of Tides

Brief Synopsis

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

Film Details

Also Known As
Le Prince des Marees, Prince des Marees, Prince of Tides, Tidvattnets furste, príncipe de las mareas, El
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Adaptation
Medical
Romance
Release Date
1991
Production Company
Barwood Films; Camera Mart Inc; Cinema Research Corporation; City of New York; Columbia Pictures; Fincannon & Associates; New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting; Panavision, Ltd.; Sidney Kimmel Entertainment; Sony Pictures Scoring Stage; South Carolina Film Commission; Taj Soundworks; Tomkats Movie Catering, Llc
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing; Cts; Rtl Group; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing; Sony Pictures Releasing International
Location
Beaufort, South Carolina, USA; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 12m

Synopsis

A 40-year-old, out-of-work high school football coach examines his past and his relationship with his family, including his suicidal-writer sister, Vietnam-vet brother, violent-tempered father and disillusioned mother.

Crew

Arabella

Song Performer ("Fui Tu Caceria")

Steve Balzarini

Other

Moe Bardach

Set Production Assistant

Moshe Bardach

Set Production Assistant

Donah Bassett

Negative Cutter

Andrew Bernstein

Set Production Assistant

Timothy M. Bourne

Unit Production Manager

Howard Brockway

Music ("Cavatina Opus 13")

Rolland M. Brooks

Chargeman Scenic Artist

Stanley Brossette

Unit Publicist

Mark Burchard

Men'S Wardrobe

Ronald J. Burke

Dolly Grip

Renata Buser

Personal Assistant Barbra Streisand

Colleen Callaghan

Key Hairstylist

Kathryn M Chapin

Script Supervisor

Ted Churchill

Steadicam Operator

Paul Cichocki

1st Assistant Editor

Bridget M Clark

Craft Service (New York)

Harold F Collins

Construction Coordinator (South Carolina)

Francis Connolly Jr.

Transportation Captain (New York)

Pat Conroy

Screenwriter

Pat Conroy

Source Material (From Novel)

J Alfred Coots

Song ("For All We Know")

Cis Corman

Executive Producer

Gordon Davidson

Sound Editor

Gordon Davidson

Sound Editor

Richard Davis

Transportation Captain (South Carolina)

Ray De La Motte

Camera Operator

Brad Dechter

Original Music

Carlos Delarios

Rerecording Mixer

Teri E. Dorman

Sound Editor

Frank Ferrara

Stunt Coordinator

Bonnie Finnegan

Casting

Suzanne Firesheets

Other

Linda Folk

Adr Editor

Tracy Fowler

Extra & Day Player Casting (South Carolina)

Joelle Francoise

Publicist (France)

Jennifer Freed

Production Accountant

John K Fundus

Boom Operator

Kimberly A Gallagher

Assistant Sound Editor

Red Garland

Song Performer ("The Very Thought Of You")

Stephen Goldblatt

Director Of Photography

Stephen Goldblatt

Dp/Cinematographer

W Steven Graham

Art Director

Isabel Harkins

Makeup

Barbara Harris

Voice Casting

Scott M Haskell

Craft Service (South Carolina)

Richard Hebrank

2nd Grip

Caryl Heller

Set Decorator

Amy Herzig

Casting Assistant (To Bonnie Finnegan)

Isabel Hill

Special Thanks (The South Carolina Film Commission)

Mildred Hill

Song ("Happy Birthday To You")

Patty Hill

Song ("Happy Birthday To You")

Carmen Hocson

Assistant Film Editor

James Newton Howard

Music

Arthur Howe

Set Decorator

Rick Howe

Assistant Film Editor

Robert Huberman

2nd Assistant Director

Larry Huston

1st Assistant Camera

James J Isaacs

Sound Editor

Jerry Jackson

Transportation Coordinator (South Carolina)

Becky Johnston

Screenwriter

Andrew Karsch

Producer

Katherine A Kennedy

Assistant (To Sheldon Schrager (New York))

Debra S Kent

2nd Assistant Director

Jaynne Keyes

Special Thanks (The New York City Film Commission)

Peter Knowlton

Special Effects

Michael J Kohut

Rerecording Mixer

Fritz Kreisler

Music ("Praeludium And Allegro")

Ron Lambert

Timing Consultant

Anne Lara

Publicist (France)

Sam Lewis

Song ("For All We Know")

Rosemary Lombard

Production Coordinator (New York)

Michelle Mader

Video Playback

Dennis Maitland

Production Sound Mixer

Kim Maitland

Other

James Manzione

Rigging Gaffer

Brick Mason

Storyboard Artist

Michael Mason

Assistant (To James Newton Howard)

Thomas Mckibbin

Assistant Chief Lighting Technician

Fred Merusi

Construction Coordinator (New York)

George Michael

Song

George Michael

Song Performer ("Monkey")

Charles Miller

Location Manager

Justin Moritt

Set Production Assistant

Ruth Morley

Costume Designer

Shawn Murphy

Other

Shawn Murphy

Rerecording Mixer

Missy Myer

Other

Pat Newcomb

Publicity

Ray Noble

Song ("The Very Thought Of You")

Tom O'halloran

2nd Assistant Camera

David Olson

Assistant Music Editor

Marty Paich

Orchestra Conductor

Emmett Paul

Shrimpboat Advisor

Sarah Paul

Shrimpboat Advisor

Carl Perkins

Song

Carl Perkins

Song Performer ("Honey Don'T")

Mary K Perko

Production Coordinator (South Carolina)

Margarita Pinillos

Song ("Fui Tu Caceria")

Leslie Pope

Set Decorator

Kaye Pownall

Hairstylist To Barbra Streisand

Ray Quinlan

Chief Lighting Technician

Andy Razaf

Song ("That What I Like 'Bout The South")

Thomas Reilly

1st Assistant Director

Danielle Rigby

Set Production Assistant

Manlio Rocchetti

Key Makeup

James Roe

Executive Producer

James T Roe

Executive Producer

Beresford Romeo

Song ("Keep On Movin")

Kay Rose

Supervising Sound Editor

Steve Rose

Assistant Unit Production Manager

Michael Saccio

Assistant Property Master

Thomas Saccio

Property Master

Rebecca Saionz

Dga Trainee

Victoria Rose Sampson

Adr Editor

Sheldon Schrager

Co-Producer

Sheldon Schrager

Unit Production Manager

Solange Schwalbe

Foley Editor

Chris Shriver

Set Designer

Kim Skalecki

Other

Ari Sloane

Assistant (To Barbra Streisand)

Mary Ruth Smith

Adr Editor

Karen Sonet

Assistant (To Cis Corman)

Karen Spangenberg

Sound Editor

David W Spence

Sound Editor

Debra Stein

Costume Assistant

Rex Stewart

Assistant Sound Editor

Shirlee Strahm

Women'S Wardrobe

Barbra Streisand

Producer

Jeanette D'ambrosio Sylbert

Assistant (To Paul Sylbert)

Paul Sylbert

Production Designer

Scot Tinsley

Foley Editor

Joy Todd

Extra Coordinator (New York)

Jurgen Vollmer

Still Photographer

Bob Ward

Key Grip

Jim Weidman

Music Editor

Rebecca L Weidner

Assistant (To Sheldon Schrager (South Carolina))

Bonnie Weinstein

Other

Janet Barbara Weiss

Assistant Sound Editor

James Whalen

Transportation Coordinator

Robb Wilson

Assistant Sound Editor

Deborah Zimmerman

Assistant Film Editor

Don Zimmerman

Film Editor

Videos

Movie Clip

Trailer

Hosted Intro

Film Details

Also Known As
Le Prince des Marees, Prince des Marees, Prince of Tides, Tidvattnets furste, príncipe de las mareas, El
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Adaptation
Medical
Romance
Release Date
1991
Production Company
Barwood Films; Camera Mart Inc; Cinema Research Corporation; City of New York; Columbia Pictures; Fincannon & Associates; New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting; Panavision, Ltd.; Sidney Kimmel Entertainment; Sony Pictures Scoring Stage; South Carolina Film Commission; Taj Soundworks; Tomkats Movie Catering, Llc
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing; Cts; Rtl Group; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing; Sony Pictures Releasing International
Location
Beaufort, South Carolina, USA; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 12m

Award Nominations

Best Actor

1991
Nick Nolte

Best Adapted Screenplay

1991

Best Art Direction

1991
Paul Sylbert

Best Cinematography

1991

Best Picture

1991

Best Score

1991

Best Supporting Actress

1991
Kate Nelligan

Articles

The Prince of Tides


In the late 1980s, Barbra Streisand was looking for a new project. She had directed the successful Yentl (1983) and was hoping to direct once again. After reading Pat Conroy's best-selling novel The Prince of Tides on the recommendation of her boyfriend at the time, actor Don Johnson, she immediately felt she had to make the movie. Streisand inquired about the film rights and learned that they were held by her friend and former co-star, Robert Redford, who was preparing to both produce and star. Ironically, Redford was considering asking Streisand to costar with him, but he was having trouble getting a satisfactory script together. When Streisand seemed more enthusiastic about the project than he was, Redford relinquished the film rights to her. Despite her previous success as a director, Barbra Streisand found that she would have to star in The Prince of Tides in order to get it made and to be allowed to direct.

Redford may have turned the film rights over to Streisand, but he forgot to tell Pat Conroy. "I started receiving messages to call Barbra Streisand, I thought it was a joke," Conroy later said. When Streisand finally confronted the author, asking why he hadn't returned her calls, Conroy was embarrassed. "I felt like the rudest person in the world." Conroy and Streisand worked together on a script for two weeks and although he had heard that Streisand could be difficult, Conroy was pleasantly surprised. "[W]hat I did not know about her was that she has an incredible sense of fun. Like everyone else, I had read stuff about her. I thought, 'Holy God, I am going to be working with the Bride of Frankenstein.' I thought she would yell at me, hurt my feelings, slap me around. I was completely stunned to find out that she was a delight."

Conroy's novel follows the story of high school teacher and coach Tom Wingo, who travels to Manhattan to help his twin sister, Savannah, who has attempted suicide. While participating in therapy, Wingo begins to heal himself of past trauma with the help of Dr. Susan Lowenstein, played by Streisand, who had found therapy helpful in her own life. "The themes that the film deals with are very important to me. Forgiveness, that's a big one. To come to terms with your past, to accept what was and be able to change by acknowledging the problem, not living in denial."

In crafting the script with screenwriter Becky Johnston, who moved into Streisand's house for three weeks, Barbra Streisand consulted with doctors and therapists for approximately six months to help create a sense of authenticity. "I was intrigued by the concept of the wounded healer I play in the film. I have encountered so many in the medical profession and other fields who spend their days helping other people but are unable to cope with their own problems," Streisand later said.

MGM-UA, who had originally signed on for The Prince of Tides, was in the midst of financial upheaval and was forced to drop the project. Streisand approached Warner Bros. but was turned down. Columbia Pictures (headed by Streisand's former boyfriend Jon Peters) agreed to take it on, provided that Streisand take a $500,000 cut in a budget of $6,500,000 with the actress producing, directing and starring in the film. For her leading man, Streisand picked Nick Nolte over other actors whose names were being bandied about in the newspapers, like Kevin Costner, Warren Beatty and Dennis Quaid. Her original choice had been to cast Jeff and Lloyd Bridges as father and son, but Lloyd Bridges refused the role. Nolte received a copy of the novel from Burt Harris, producer of Q & A (1990), during production. "Barbra probably had been in communication with Burt to find out if I would be interested. So that's how it evolved." For the supporting cast, Streisand hired Kate Nelligan to play Tom's mother. Nelligan, who was only forty, would need to age from young to old. Melinda Dillon played Savannah and Blythe Danner was Wingo's wife, Sallie. Danner was a Conroy family friend and had appeared in another film based on a Conroy novel, The Great Santini (1979), playing a character based on his mother. Chris O'Donnell, who would soon become a star in Scent of a Woman (1992), won the role of Streisand's teenage son, Bernard, but Pat Conroy didn't think he was right. Looking through photos of other young actors, he picked one out, telling Streisand that she should hire him, instead. The actor was Streisand's own son, Jason Gould.

With a budget that began at $10,000,000 but eventually reached $27,000,000, the film's exteriors and most of the interiors were predominantly shot on location in Beaufort, South Carolina. Many of the locals appeared in the film as extras and in bit parts. Production had to be halted briefly when Streisand's eighty-two-year-old mother was hospitalized with heart surgery, which made the director rethink her priorities. "The movie became much easier. It lost its importance. It took its proper place - it's much more secondary to life. That's what The Prince of Tides is about in a way - learning to appreciate your mother."

The Prince of Tides wrapped production in New York in September 1990 and Streisand was given a year for postproduction. During that time, she replaced veteran composer John Barry (who found Streisand "bossy") with James Newton Howard, who had worked as a keyboardist on several of her albums. Howard was used to Streisand's blunt perfectionism, "She's incredibly demanding, but I can truthfully say that working with her has elevated my own work."

The previews for The Prince of Tides were excellent and Columbia wanted to change the release date to make it the studio's big holiday film for 1991, which both pleased and worried Streisand, who was glad for the studio's support but wanted to get the film released. When The Prince of Tides opened on Christmas Day, 1991, it was an immediate hit with critics, like The New York Times' Janet Maslin, who praised Streisand and screenwriter Johnston. The screenplay, wrote Maslin, "consistently extricates the book's best lines of dialogue and leaves the rest behind. The book may have the feel of an overwrought, melodramatic movie, but the film itself does not." David Denby, writing for New York Magazine began his review bluntly. "A pox on anyone who does not feel tenderly toward Barbra Streisand's The Prince of Tides".

The great reviews and the large media blitz, which included several television interviews with Streisand, paid off handsomely. The Prince of Tides earned nearly $32,000,000 in only 12 days. Shortly after, the film received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Nolte), Supporting Actress (Nelligan), Art Direction, Cinematography, Screenplay Adaptation and Musical Score. Despite the film's Best Picture nomination, Streisand was not nominated for Best Director, which led to accusations of sexism within the Academy, although she later became the third woman nominated for Best Director by the Director's Guild. Surprisingly, when the Oscars® were handed out, The Prince of Tides didn't win a single award.

Producer: Barbra Streisand, Andrew Karsch
Director: Barbra Streisand
Screenplay: Pat Conroy (novel and screenplay); Becky Johnston (screenplay)
Cinematography: Stephen Goldblatt
Art Direction: W. Steven Graham
Music: James Newton Howard
Film Editing: Don Zimmerman
Cast: Nick Nolte (Tom Wingo), Barbra Streisand (Susan Lowenstein), Blythe Danner (Sally Wingo), Kate Nelligan (Lila Wingo Newbury), Jeroen Krabbe (Herbert Woodruff), Melinda Dillon (Savannah Wingo), George Carlin (Eddie Detreville), Jason Gould (Bernard Woodruff), Brad Sullivan (Henry Wingo), Maggie Collier (Lucy Wingo).
C-132M.

by Lorraine LoBianco

SOURCES:
Denby, David. "Movies" New York Magazine December 16, 1991.
Maslin, Janet. "Prince of Tides Sidesteps Book's Pitfalls." The New York Times 25 Dec 91
Nickens, Christopher and Swenson, Karen. The Films of Barbra Streisand
Waldeman, Allison J. The Barbra Streisand Scrapbook
IMDB
The Prince Of Tides

The Prince of Tides

In the late 1980s, Barbra Streisand was looking for a new project. She had directed the successful Yentl (1983) and was hoping to direct once again. After reading Pat Conroy's best-selling novel The Prince of Tides on the recommendation of her boyfriend at the time, actor Don Johnson, she immediately felt she had to make the movie. Streisand inquired about the film rights and learned that they were held by her friend and former co-star, Robert Redford, who was preparing to both produce and star. Ironically, Redford was considering asking Streisand to costar with him, but he was having trouble getting a satisfactory script together. When Streisand seemed more enthusiastic about the project than he was, Redford relinquished the film rights to her. Despite her previous success as a director, Barbra Streisand found that she would have to star in The Prince of Tides in order to get it made and to be allowed to direct. Redford may have turned the film rights over to Streisand, but he forgot to tell Pat Conroy. "I started receiving messages to call Barbra Streisand, I thought it was a joke," Conroy later said. When Streisand finally confronted the author, asking why he hadn't returned her calls, Conroy was embarrassed. "I felt like the rudest person in the world." Conroy and Streisand worked together on a script for two weeks and although he had heard that Streisand could be difficult, Conroy was pleasantly surprised. "[W]hat I did not know about her was that she has an incredible sense of fun. Like everyone else, I had read stuff about her. I thought, 'Holy God, I am going to be working with the Bride of Frankenstein.' I thought she would yell at me, hurt my feelings, slap me around. I was completely stunned to find out that she was a delight." Conroy's novel follows the story of high school teacher and coach Tom Wingo, who travels to Manhattan to help his twin sister, Savannah, who has attempted suicide. While participating in therapy, Wingo begins to heal himself of past trauma with the help of Dr. Susan Lowenstein, played by Streisand, who had found therapy helpful in her own life. "The themes that the film deals with are very important to me. Forgiveness, that's a big one. To come to terms with your past, to accept what was and be able to change by acknowledging the problem, not living in denial." In crafting the script with screenwriter Becky Johnston, who moved into Streisand's house for three weeks, Barbra Streisand consulted with doctors and therapists for approximately six months to help create a sense of authenticity. "I was intrigued by the concept of the wounded healer I play in the film. I have encountered so many in the medical profession and other fields who spend their days helping other people but are unable to cope with their own problems," Streisand later said. MGM-UA, who had originally signed on for The Prince of Tides, was in the midst of financial upheaval and was forced to drop the project. Streisand approached Warner Bros. but was turned down. Columbia Pictures (headed by Streisand's former boyfriend Jon Peters) agreed to take it on, provided that Streisand take a $500,000 cut in a budget of $6,500,000 with the actress producing, directing and starring in the film. For her leading man, Streisand picked Nick Nolte over other actors whose names were being bandied about in the newspapers, like Kevin Costner, Warren Beatty and Dennis Quaid. Her original choice had been to cast Jeff and Lloyd Bridges as father and son, but Lloyd Bridges refused the role. Nolte received a copy of the novel from Burt Harris, producer of Q & A (1990), during production. "Barbra probably had been in communication with Burt to find out if I would be interested. So that's how it evolved." For the supporting cast, Streisand hired Kate Nelligan to play Tom's mother. Nelligan, who was only forty, would need to age from young to old. Melinda Dillon played Savannah and Blythe Danner was Wingo's wife, Sallie. Danner was a Conroy family friend and had appeared in another film based on a Conroy novel, The Great Santini (1979), playing a character based on his mother. Chris O'Donnell, who would soon become a star in Scent of a Woman (1992), won the role of Streisand's teenage son, Bernard, but Pat Conroy didn't think he was right. Looking through photos of other young actors, he picked one out, telling Streisand that she should hire him, instead. The actor was Streisand's own son, Jason Gould. With a budget that began at $10,000,000 but eventually reached $27,000,000, the film's exteriors and most of the interiors were predominantly shot on location in Beaufort, South Carolina. Many of the locals appeared in the film as extras and in bit parts. Production had to be halted briefly when Streisand's eighty-two-year-old mother was hospitalized with heart surgery, which made the director rethink her priorities. "The movie became much easier. It lost its importance. It took its proper place - it's much more secondary to life. That's what The Prince of Tides is about in a way - learning to appreciate your mother." The Prince of Tides wrapped production in New York in September 1990 and Streisand was given a year for postproduction. During that time, she replaced veteran composer John Barry (who found Streisand "bossy") with James Newton Howard, who had worked as a keyboardist on several of her albums. Howard was used to Streisand's blunt perfectionism, "She's incredibly demanding, but I can truthfully say that working with her has elevated my own work." The previews for The Prince of Tides were excellent and Columbia wanted to change the release date to make it the studio's big holiday film for 1991, which both pleased and worried Streisand, who was glad for the studio's support but wanted to get the film released. When The Prince of Tides opened on Christmas Day, 1991, it was an immediate hit with critics, like The New York Times' Janet Maslin, who praised Streisand and screenwriter Johnston. The screenplay, wrote Maslin, "consistently extricates the book's best lines of dialogue and leaves the rest behind. The book may have the feel of an overwrought, melodramatic movie, but the film itself does not." David Denby, writing for New York Magazine began his review bluntly. "A pox on anyone who does not feel tenderly toward Barbra Streisand's The Prince of Tides". The great reviews and the large media blitz, which included several television interviews with Streisand, paid off handsomely. The Prince of Tides earned nearly $32,000,000 in only 12 days. Shortly after, the film received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Nolte), Supporting Actress (Nelligan), Art Direction, Cinematography, Screenplay Adaptation and Musical Score. Despite the film's Best Picture nomination, Streisand was not nominated for Best Director, which led to accusations of sexism within the Academy, although she later became the third woman nominated for Best Director by the Director's Guild. Surprisingly, when the Oscars® were handed out, The Prince of Tides didn't win a single award. Producer: Barbra Streisand, Andrew Karsch Director: Barbra Streisand Screenplay: Pat Conroy (novel and screenplay); Becky Johnston (screenplay) Cinematography: Stephen Goldblatt Art Direction: W. Steven Graham Music: James Newton Howard Film Editing: Don Zimmerman Cast: Nick Nolte (Tom Wingo), Barbra Streisand (Susan Lowenstein), Blythe Danner (Sally Wingo), Kate Nelligan (Lila Wingo Newbury), Jeroen Krabbe (Herbert Woodruff), Melinda Dillon (Savannah Wingo), George Carlin (Eddie Detreville), Jason Gould (Bernard Woodruff), Brad Sullivan (Henry Wingo), Maggie Collier (Lucy Wingo). C-132M. by Lorraine LoBianco SOURCES: Denby, David. "Movies" New York Magazine December 16, 1991. Maslin, Janet. "Prince of Tides Sidesteps Book's Pitfalls." The New York Times 25 Dec 91 Nickens, Christopher and Swenson, Karen. The Films of Barbra Streisand Waldeman, Allison J. The Barbra Streisand Scrapbook IMDB

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Barbra Streisand was nominated for the Directors Guild of America's 1991 Outstanding Directorial Achievement Award.

Nick Nolte was 2nd runner-up in the New York Film Critics Circle's voting for Best Actor of 1991. Kate Nelligan was named 2nd runner-up in the category of Best Supporting Actress for her performances in "Frankie & Johnny" (USA/91) and "Prince of Tides" (USA/91).

Nick Nolte was named best actor of 1991 by the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Nick Nolte was named best actor of 1991 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Released in United States Winter December 25, 1991

Released in United States on Video August 5, 1992

Released in United States December 9, 1991

Shown at a benefit premiere for the City Parks Foundation, New York City December 9, 1991.

Luis Mandoki was once considered as director.

Nick Nolte received a Golden Globe award for best actor in a drama from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Began shooting June 18, 1990.

Completed shooting October 3, 1990.

Project was originally at MGM/UA.

Film was originally slated for a September 1991 release, then rescheduled after favorable research screenings.

Released in United States Winter December 25, 1991

Released in United States on Video August 5, 1992

Released in United States December 9, 1991 (Shown at a benefit premiere for the City Parks Foundation, New York City December 9, 1991.)